Thursday, 25 August 2016
The 2016 Challenge, day 0: Getting to Oban (4)
In due course the Oban train pulled in and we climbed aboard. I didn't have a first class ticket this time, mind, so I had to travel substandard class. That is because there is no first class accommodation on the Glasgow - Oban line, so they won't sell you a first class ticket. Unlike their money-grubbing colleagues South of the border. So much for national stereotypes!
We were joined in the carriage by a couple of first time Challengers whose names I don't now remember (probably also noted on the back of a piece of paper which I discarded) and the onward journey soon passed in pleasant conversation and craned necks as we looked in awe (good pun, that, for those who know this part of Scotland!) at the majestic scenery we were travelling through and which, before too much longer, I should be walking through.
(OK, OK ... for those of you who don't know it, the pun is that the railway to Oban runs along the shores of Loch Awe ... )