15.18 miles in 8 hours 49 min…
Today we chose to walk on the north side of the lake, it was beautiful! We met a few large groups of walkers today and saw them on and off throughout the day.
We stopped for lunch at Black Sail Youth Hostel. It’s a wonderful place in the middle of nowhere, just before the steep climb out of the valley. It has tea & coffee and a bathroom with running water. It was lovely.
I keep hearing the songs from the Sound of Music in my head. The landscape is just so amazing and green. We had a very steep ascent and descent today, very reminiscent of Dead Woman’s Pass in Peru. I kept looking for Llamas or Alpacas, but I only saw sheep. Luckily for me, the altitude was nowhere near that of Dead Woman’s Pass.
Ron and Rachel are machines. Rachel is like a mountain goat, frolicking up the hills and Ron’s performance fluctuates with his blood sugar, but he is pretty fast as long as his blood sugar is in check.
I am slow and steady in the back, always in the back. My toes are starting to be a problem. My pinky toes and my 1st MTP heads are blistering despite taping. Ron’s “club foot” returned at the end of the day, just before arriving at Scafell Hotel. I’m a bit worried about him.
The Scafell Hotel seemed to be an upscale resort, once again in the middle of nowhere. I had a burger, salad and a lemon dessert accompanied with a 1/2 pint of Ennerdale Blonde at the hotel bar.
A Nice little Englishman sat with us for dinner. He was a bit peculiar, but very nice. I am still having a difficult time understanding British accents.