This is walking day 1 and our nice walk through the Scottish landscapes has started. This day we were supposed to cover 18 kilometers, only my shoulder was not right. Unfortunately not only my shoulder but also there were several obstacles that did not helpt to get to Milngavie.
This place Milngavie, which you pronounce as Millguy is the starting point of the 153 kilometer long distance walk through the Scottish landscapes. Milngavie is a small village just on the outskirts of Glasgow. After our flight from Eindhoven we decided to stay overnight in Glasgow, so we can get the train the next morning to Milngavie. Unfortunately, the trains thought differently. I do not know what was going on, but it comes down to the fact that not one train was running like it should be. Moments that we had to leave the train and there where no further instructions. Fortunately we arrived 2.5 hours later in Milngavie. By the way, our flight was delayed the day before.
The first kilometers
In Milngavie we started our first hiking day. I was really looking forward to it and could not wait to start. That bag on my back felt very heavy. We had already removed some stuff but also we had 3 liters of water each. It was pretty hot that day and we knew it would get worse. Well … there we went. We took a picture, or rather we let someone take it and we put our first steps on the West Highland Way.
Kilometers for kilometers we walked towards the forest and before we knew the distant landscapes reached out. It was beautiful and could not stop watching . Secretly I knew that this would become a lot nicer every day.
That shoulder injury
But then…the pain became worse and worse. The bag was heavy. That’s for sure! But that pressure on that right shoulder was getting more and more painful. When we were about 9 kilometers, I could not continue. There where tears in my eyes and I threw down the bag slowly. It was red and warm and did not look good. With some tape we tried to give the shoulder some support. With those thoughts, I pulled my backpack back on my back and walked on.
Two kilometers further, pain started to come back again. We met some people and from that moment on, pain was all over my shoulder. I could not hold it on any longer! What was this! I was angry and sad but I also knew that I could not walk any further. We only needed 8 kilometers, but every kilometer was too much now.
By taxi to Drymen
There you are, in a taxi. Shit…that’s not how my first day would look. Then it was time for a doctor and the doctor advised the following. REST! But how can I take a rest if I have to walk the West Highland Way. Then you can deliver your bag from point A to point B. That is an option and if I think about it, I actually do not have any other option. Because that shoulder of mine was clearly not completely good.
And now to the campsite
The rest of the group was stopt at a campsite just 2 kilometers before Drymen, to spend the night there. But this lady was waiting, and waiting, and waiting for a bus that did not come. What turned out…there were no buses at all anymore at that time. A nice Scottish woman who saw me decided to drop me off at the campsite. Already in love with the friendliness of Scottish people. On the way we of course started talking and I got to hear the most beautiful stories. I heard from that dear lady that the buses in this region are running but only every few hours. I could have waited two more hours for a bus.
Once we arrived at the campsite, I thanked her heartily and said goodbye with a hug. What a sweet woman and if this is the predictions of all Scottish people, then I will be fine.
The first sunset
Yes…a sunset in Scotland. Who would have thought that! Just kidding. Of course Scotland also has sunsets. We spent the evening with a good company at a base camping. We saw deer jumping by, we heard the birds whistling, saw a beautiful sunset and ate delicious pasta from a bag. The first day, despite all the obstacles, was…GREAT
It was a first hard day. This is not something I expected but something that I have overcome again. West Highland Way…I’m ready!
Aftermovie West Highland Way – day 2
I made a mini video every day. Are you going to look?
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- Read here how I prepared for my journey through Scotland with the “ready for departure tag“. (dutch)