Saturday, 7 June 2014
The 2014 Challenge, day 10: Feshie - Geldie again (13)
Lucy, who professed incomprehension at the ability of other Challengers to be so bright and breezy at the end of a long day (it has to do with pacing ourselves, Lucy - and the fact that we didn't spend the first few days of the Challenge gamboling about like a spring lamb in order to mock the efforts of our elderly fathers) invited us to agree that it would not offend against the spirit of the event to accept a lift in a Panda from here to mar Lodge, and back to here in the morning: she would still have walked the whole way across. This, undoubtedly, was true; and would have been no different from my accepting a lift back up from the Boathouse restaurant to my point of departure from the main road. The problem Lucy faced, however, was that the elderly father whom she had so loved to mock in the first few days of the Challenge was not contemplating riding the Panda from Victoria Bridge to Mar Lodge and back, and evidently if she did he would never let her hear the last of it. So, in the end, she was persuaded to walk the last few hundred metres up the carriage drive to Mar Lodge.