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Tuesday, 5 May 2009

All packed up and nowhere to go


As the title of the post says...

I've packed my rucksack ready for the TGO. Its got everything I need in it, including enough food for four days.

I also took a few things out - one breakfast too many, and who needs all those nutty-fruity-chewy bars anyway.

All I need now is some money and some tattie scones. Apparently you can't buy tattie scones in England. Either I'll get some in Inverness or I might try to make some myself.

I also need some whisky and to load four rashers of bacon into the bag. This is an emergency supply of bacon (its why I need the tattie scones...). If all goes to plan, I'l have these for "elevenses" with some coffee on days one and two of the walk. (TGO Challenge for those who haven;t been paying attention).

This post will probably be the last you'll hear from me till I get back.

Unless I miss the train or I get snotty snout (pig flu). Or something.


Incidentally, apparently its very difficult to buy pease pudding in Yorkshire. They don't seem to know what it is. Mind, I first came across it in a bun fight at the Bishop Auckland Job centre (I worked in Personnel) and I thought the butter on the ham sandwhiches had gone off. Somebody gently explained to me that it was traditional, if a tad bizarre, to put pease pudding in ham sandwhiches in North east England. Very odd. Healthy, but odd.


As it happens, I seem to have developed a bad reaction to boiled ham - specially the waffa thin muck. If I ever need relief from chronic constipation, I'll have a ham butty with pease pudding.


I'm leaving for Scotland on the 9:20 train Wednesday morning. I'll be meeting Becky in Edinburgh for lunch then I'l be on the bus for Inverness and Glen Shiel for a walk over to Glenelg Thursday and to start the TGO Friday. I'd planned to bag a Corbett on the way. The weather forecast, though, is wet and windy. Bugger.

13 comments:

Phreerunner said...

Have a good trip, Mike, and see you in Montrose.

mike knipe said...

Same to you Martin, and to Alan Sloman (don't get too reflective Alan or you'll cause global coling) and any othe TGO challengers out there.
Will I get some of that special cake? Probably not - but the good news is that Asda in Bp Auckland has two types of tattie scones - some "English " "Potato" scones and some Irish tattoie scones. I chose the Irish version.
So all's well with the world.
The next challenge is the Neville's Cross traffic jam in Durham in the morning...

Nallo Lady said...

You may be in luck Mike, if adjourning to Montrose camp site in a couple of weeks (I know it's a long way to cart a load of CCS, but troops must be fed, and I have a tradition to maintain!).
We've decided to go via an outdoor emporium - may as well buy kit en route as at any other time!

mike knipe said...

It gets better - tattie scone AND caramel shortcake.
And I've just booked a bed in a hotel in Fettercairn. This will be my only bed.
Oooeee and ecky thunp.
(I appreciate its a bit late to be booking beds...)

Judith said...

By eck, Mike, you're well organised! All my stuff is in my rucksack ..... apart from my tent, sleeping bag and mat...... oh, and 4 days food. I'm hoping it'll all fit but, like you, I have a sacrificial breakfast/muesli bar that could make all the difference!

I'm not travelling up until Friday so I shall look out of the train window for already-walking wet challengers.

Best wishes to all.

Martin Rye said...

Well it is that time. Time to walk days on end and see great views and camp high in the hills.....I am envies. Have a good walk and time up there.

mike knipe said...

See you in Montrose Judith - have a cracking challenge. Mine's a pint. My breakfasts are generally Jordan;s bars as it happens. (but I do have bacon as well!)
See you in Montrose as well, Martin, but in 2010. As I said, mine's a pint

mike knipe said...

dammit - batterries.... must charge batterries. Ive got ten batterries to charge up, otherwise no George Harrison or Led Zep in the middle of the night, and no photies,....

Dammit. There's always something innit....

Lucky it never goes dark in Scotland in May.

Phreerunner said...

Ooh, batteries.
Thanks for that one Mike. We got distracted by trying to book our last bit of accommodation (for tomorrow night, as it happens!)
Have fun

Diane said...

Wishing everyone on the TGO challenge a great time! I feel like I'm looking through a window into a party, although maybe that metaphor would work better if I was looking out through the window.

mike knipe said...

Thanks Diane - It is a party, in fact. Anybody can come in too.
But bring a bottle....

Alan Sloman said...

Welly welly welly Uncle Mike! Good luck and cheers!

Tykelad said...

Bit late but hope you have/are having a good time Mike.