Sunday, 1 November 2015
The 2015 Challenge, day 7: the "Burma Road" (6)
After lunch I resupplied with high energy stuff, and bought a cuddly toy mammoth because ... well, because they were there, and once you know they exist, how CAN you live your life WITHOUT a cuddly toy mammoth?? Then I went to the Youth Hostel where I decided, on a whim, to upgrade to a private room. They only had a 4-bed private room, so the upgrade would cost me £52. They were surprised that I was happy to pay this, but as I pointed out, it WOULD mean I saved £2 on towel hire, so it wasn't actually as expensive as all that ...
I dumped my stuff in my room and went for a shower ... and that's when I found my first ever tick! I used my specialist tick remover to remove it, but I didn't manage to get it out cleanly, and part of its mandible remained embedded in my flesh. I was able to borrow a needle from Mark Storey, a fellow ten-timer (and the only one who's actually younger than me, curse him!) and I managed to get some of it out. but I couldn't see what remained, although I could feel that it was there. So I covered it with a plaster, and hoped that this would draw it.
I phoned Challenge Control and spoke to Alvar. He said that people WERE making it through the Lairig Ghru, but that I should aim to start early if I was going that way, as a deterioration in the weather was forecast. I thanked him for this sage advice, did my laundry, and then headed out to the Old Bridge Inn for some food and something to drink.