Monday, 29 June 2009

More Critters!

I survived the midges, then battled the ticks! Over the last 3 days I've removed 6 from Patch (I forgot to take the Flea & Tick Repellant spray given to me by Collarways - silly me) and probably another 6 of more before they've taken hold. Yuck. I'm glad I've been wearing long trousers.

Well I'm now off the West Highland Way - today we walked 24 miles to should have been around 22 miles but I went the wrong way at one point - Doh! The new critter to battle is the horsefly (or "cleg"). I'm walking along the Forth and Clyde Canal and the blooming things are constantly there. AAaagghh!

It was a bit too much for poor Patch today - she was really pooped, and the heat didn't help. Tomorrow we should be walking 21 / 22 miles to meet John for a day off in Linlithgow. We'll see how Patch does, but if she gets tired then we'll stop and wait for John to pick us up! Of course we would then get dropped off at the same spot to start walking cheating!

I must admit I'm rather looking forward to having Tuesday off!


Martin Rye said...

Hate them. That and run all the way. Good luck and well done to get where you are already.

Moira said...

Hi Sophie, Patch - we met under a bridge on the Union canal today, us three - Moira, Janice and Janet - walking a few miles, you looking forward to reaching Linlithgow. Here's a link to Janet's website to save you searching. It was great to meet you. Good luck with the rest of your fantastic walk.

Sophie Easterbrook said...

Hi Martin, yep, awful aren't they. I got a horsfly bite on my foot when sitting outside the tent - it swelled up to the sixe of an elephants (ok not quite) and itched like crazy - it drove me mad!

Moira - good to hear from you! It was lovely to meet you all today. Thanks for the website address, I'll be looking at that when I get chance.