In which I eat strawberries. Again.
This was all terribly amazing and confusing….but at about 10.30am (after once again being fed royally by the
Crooks of Knipe Knipes of Crook) we set off walking from Brechin’s Co-op in the general direction of The End Of My TGOC2018, aka: Kinnebar Links….via the very wonderful Charleton Fruit Farm. Obv.
Until this year I’d never visited Brechin, I gather there’s a pizzeria in town. And probably a couple of pubs, perhaps more. Whatever, Our Plan was to head east and get to the coast as quickly as possible. The route wasn’t going to be much fun, a few off-road bits but mostly tarmac…but at least it was dry & bright.
Caledonian Railway Station, Brechin
We were soon out of town and heading to the coast in the most direct way possible.
It should be Garden’s ….shouldn’t it?
After much tarmac, a few interesting ancient features and a closed pub we arrived, hungrily, at Charleton Fruit Farm.
It would have been rude not to…..
Chasing after Fast Knipe, who seemed to be on a mission, we arrived at the coast where the traditional wetting of the boots and chucking of the pebble from the west coast ceremony took place.
A ship in the North Sea
Then it was a brisk march along the beach to Montrose where loads of biscuits were snaffled from Challenge Control. And I received a pair of Darn Tough Socks by way of reward for my efforts. The socks were good, very good. In fact I’m going to buy some more.
So that was that, all over and done with until next year. I was good fun (nowt new there), the weather was unusually excellent, the company was good…and the socks were brill.
Next year just MAY see me doing a very lightweight and very fast crossing. Not sure yet.
In the meantime….
The very excellent Ali
The equally very excellent Su…chatting to Tim (who is also pretty damned excellent too!)