Another successful day as Dan gets nearer and nearer to his goal, in fact, now so close, he can almost touch it. Rumour has it that he's feeling bold enough to agree a start time of 8am tomorrow, quite a contrast from today's 6am start. Maybe he's after a few pints in the Oykel Bridge hotel?
The weather was certainly not as forecast. Dan, with Tom, Astrid, Sue Wood and Andrew Wilby set off up Ben Wyvis at 6am into wind and rain. At 8.30am he made it back down to a midge infested car park to then cycle back up to the west end of Loch Glascarnoch with the ever reliable Aled to lead the way. 11 miles and 40 minutes later Dan was back to where he landed yesterday at 5.30pm.
The team that headed out north into the hills at 10am included Ross of the clan Bannerman, David Wilby and Martin Bagness. Martin's navigation skills were essential as the clag was well down on the tops. Dan was well supported and delivered safely, and in good time, to the top of Seana Bhraigh.
Both Mark and Lou Roberts were on hand at Strath Mulzie to see Dan home but unfortunately both managed to miss him. Astrid and Tom also appeared to shadow Dan's descent and offer some moral support. And the day is done, in good time. And we're all sat, drinking beer, eating food and starting to accept the possibility that on Tuesday Dan's Munro round will be done.
In the morning he has a 25 mile chug on his bike up to Inchnadamph, followed by 5hrs of hill walking to tick off Conival and Ben More Assynt. He ends the day with an awkward 33 mile dog leg bike ride up to Altnaharra.
The talk tonight is of finishing, how to finish, and what to do next. Are we tempting fate? Is it still a little too early for Dan to relax and imagine he's done it. Let's hope not. The boy (and everyone he knows) need a rest from all this.