Day 12 - Kinlochlevel to Fort William

Date: 9/18/2016

Location: From: Kinlochleven To: Fort William

Mileage: 15 mi.

Weather: Blue skies and cool temps this morning, until about 12:00 and then it started to get overcast and foggy with light drizzle and rain.

Temperature: 55° F

Lodging: Mytrie Bank B&B

GPS Location: 56°48’46” N and 5°7’ 11” W

Highlights: The views as I walked through the valleys, which was most of the day., walking through Fort William on the walking street and looking in the shop windows on my way to the B&B.

Summary of the Day: 

I got up at 7:00 this morning, which was late, because I couldn't eat breakfast until 8:15 and the taxi didn't come until 9:00. I was eager to get started as this is the last day of the West Highland Way and this trail is finished. Also it’s going to be a longer mileage day of 15 miles. When Little Pony came down for breakfast, she said that her foot was hurting and that she was going to take the bus to Fort William. When the taxi came to pick us up, the taxi driver said that she would drop Little Pony off at the bus stop. For the rest of the trip back to Kinlochleven where we got picked up the day before there were four of us, which included a couple from New Mexico and Hawk and myself. The ride went quickly, it seemed that we were back at the trail in less time than the day before.

When we got to the trailhead the Canadians were already there and preparing to start out. There were a lot of others that we didn't already know and we moved quickly beyond them. It didn't take long and I was out of my long pants and walking in shorts. It felt to good to be bare legged. The sun was shining and it was getting pretty hot. It wasn't long before we were at the top of the climb and looking down into a very long, maybe three or four mile level to down hill trail. Hawk and I were making great time, so about noon we decided to take a quick break and have a bite to eat. We both had brought cookies and fruit from the resort from last night. We had no sooner finished eating than the sky clouded over and the fog started to roll in. We decided that we better put on pack covers and rain gear. After about 15 minutes it all stopped so off went the rain gear.

I met a couple of older gentlemen from Wales that were hiking the WHW. We chatted for a few minutes and then I was on my way. For the better part of the rest of the day the trail was level or slightly downhill. We only had two major up hills and they were both short and it took no time to get up. We finally reached the main road heading into Fort William. This was only supposed to be about 1-1/2 to 2 miles in but it over an hour to get into town and to our B&B so I believe that it was longer. Upon arriving at the B&B we found out that reservations had been messed up. The woman said that Hawk’s reservation had been paid for but was cancelled and that my reservation was intact but wasn't paid for. She explained that she would call Mac Adventures and get it straight tomorrow. I showed her my receipt of where it was paid and she said not to worry. The room is really nice. We agreed to meet at 6:00 and walk back into the center of town and find a restaurant and have dinner. In the mean time it was clean up and rest for a little while.  It’s nice to have some time to get everything cleaned up and that way tomorrow we have a completely free day to just wander around town and look in the shops and take some pictures.

Hawk came by my room at six and we took off for town center for dinner. We found a nice little tavern, The Grog & Gruel. I had a pizza and a beer for dinner. I was going to get a 9” pizza, but the waiter said that it wasn't that large and that it might not be enough considering that I had walked all day, so I decided to get the 12” and while it had a lot of toppings it was not that thick and I was able to eat 7 out of 8 slices and was not stuffed. After that, Little Pony wanted to go to a pub for a glass of wine, so I said goodbye and that I'd see them for breakfast at the B&B and then I walked back to my room. Tomorrow is a zero day here and it's a good way to end the first part of the hike. Now that the West Highland Way is finished we will prepare to start the Great Glen Way on Tuesday. It is a much shorter trail and this will finish up our time in Scotland and be on our way home. And so the journey continues…

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