29/01/22 – Starting to feel real. Today I joined the West Highland Way race weekend reccie at Balmaha for an out and back heading north. There was no end point, just where we decided to about turn. It was lovely to meet up with folk I hadn’t seen in ages and meet others I’d heard of but not seen in real life. I did have one of those Covid moments when went to shake hands then opted for fist bump but neither really worked as we weren’t sure what to do…argh!
With Storm Malik with us it was quite gusty with the waves on Loch Lomond perfect for surfers. We had wind, rain and sun making it a typical Scottish day. The views were stunning with multiple rainbows, perfect photo moments, only a few trees down for hurdling and great chat. We got to the sign for the low/high path and used that to turn. Back we headed and the rain cleared. Stopping point was the Tom Weir monument but with Strava saying 30.96k I had to run a little bit further – 668m elevation and eventually 31km done. Final final stop was St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour for some amazing soup to warm us up.