Everyone has been showing off their wheels (feet) this week, so I thought I’d share mine – for better or for worse.
Part of my recent long absence can be attributed to the fact that I spent three weeks out of Ukraine. I visited Blighty, otherwise known as the United Kingdom (but to me, just the home of the poms).
And for seven days, Mr Moi and I did something we never thought we’d do – we were active all day, every day. We walked the West Highland Way.
The West Highland Was is a 152 km track through the Scottish Highlands, starting in the outskirts of Glasgow, and winding all the way up to Fort William.
Walking the Way, we averaged about 14 miles per day – sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less. The weather was mostly fabbo, and because we paid for a tour, we had a leader, three square meals, and a bus to pick us up and take us to and from accommodation.
The downside of the trip was the demise of three of my toenails. As you can see in this photo, one of my nails is a nice shade of purple. Yes, it’s gross.
I can’t describe to you the pain I felt during the walk – my muscles screaming at me to sit down for a day, my toenail protesting at my stupidity in not breaking in my shoes sufficiently beforehand. For days three through to six, I was in such pain that Mr Moi had to lower me onto the grass so I could eat my lunch, and pull me up to a standing position afterwards.
But it was lots of fun, and I would do a walking holiday again. This route was a good one – some days were hill climbs, other days undulating, and there was a day, by the shore of Loch Lomond, which was almost scrambling for the most of the day. But all the days were long.
And while we’re on the topic of new wheels, do you like my 20 quid blue sandals? They’re very pretty, and unlike my old red ones, they’re not falling apart… so hopefully I can avoid sticky situations like this in the future.
If you’re keen to see what the West Highland Way looks like, you can look at my Flickr page.
And Mr Moi and I booked our tour with C-N-Do Scotland, who were really good. (I didn’t lose any weight on the trip because of the fantastic food they cooked for dinner and provided for brekky and lunch!)