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DAY ONE

We had a beautiful day for the start of the walk today. It kicked off this morning at the Tall Ship, with a rousing send-off from Donald and his colleagues in the Williamwood Pipe Band. We got to Milngavie late morning, and did some can-rattling beside the start of the WHW before setting off again just after 2.

Stephen and co. arrived in Drymen - after a much-needed break for a pint at the Beech Tree Inn in Dumgoyne - around 8. They are currently in the Clachan Inn, hoping that their hour-and-a-half wait for food is worth it.. He felt faint after day one until he got a meal but chuffed that day 1 is over and only 9 to go!

Stephen wants to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone who made it today. He very much appreciated Skerryvore's presence at 8 this morning - especially after their late night! Remember to download your copy of 'On the Road' on Monday.
Just another 173 or so miles to go!
 
DAY TWO  The section from Balmaha to Rowerdenan was fairly tough. Arrived at Rowdennan, weather today has been lovely sunshine but a bit windy in parts everyone tired but spirits high, we are sitting round the camper in the loch side eating and enjoying the views .On the way to the campsite the owner told them that he closes the site at 10.30 and exactly at 10.30 Stephen pat and co arrived at Casthel campsite, to find the owner standing at the closed gates, refusing them entry they explain about Pats brain Tumour and he replied campsite closed and refunded them their money but they found a lay by and rested for the night lets hope tommorrow is a better day. 
 
DAY THREE  We were in deed blessed today with the weather and the fun but why should we have been suprised as God  has blessed this event! Arrived safely at Inverarnan campsite and refreshments in pub after a long day! The weather and company has been superb.
People have been joining us at various place on the walk to cheer us on and donate money, this has kept our spirts high in our walk for cancer.  thankyou to all. Stephen lost his stick and it was handed in by a lovely dutch family who thought he was their new super hero the new Rob Roy ! . Well he did make someone catch a fish who had fished all day with nothing until Stephen spoke to him !  Stephen also bumped into to old Social Work colleagues Bob Thomson & Duncan Macnaughton from P& K days; walking the other way! Now have phone charge and signals for the moment anyway. Inveraran to Bridge of Orchy tommorrow .
 
DAY FOUR  Stephen,Phyl and Jim arrived safely in Bridge of Orchy at 6.15 last night without any delays for fires or closed roads thakfully.Big day today across Rannoch Moor and up by Tyndrum.
 
DAY FIVE   was not a good one for the team Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse thru Glencoe to the  Devils staircase to Kinlochleven but at least the weather will still be good and hopefully not too hot! Will this really be the last day of fantastic weather?. After a hard days walk Stephen and co final reach the devil stairs, on the decent Stephen sustained a shin splint injury to his left leg(which is caused by walking on hard ground) which is now bandaged to help him continue the walk but there day was still to be troubled he found out Caly hd beat Celtic!
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DAY SIX  Stephen and crew are now in Fort William, relieved to have finished the West Highland Way. Stephen has been interviewed by Nevis Radio and a local newspaper, while Skerryvore have also done a radio interview. There are lots of posters advertising the single 'On the Road' in Fort William. Fish and chips@ Sammy's  tonight and the beginning of the Great Glen Way tomorrow, with the Fort William to South  Laggan leg.
 
DAY SEVEN  This was the longest part of the walk weather was a bit on the wet side but stephen and crew arrived saftly at 8pm, the crew were late in leavng as there was a new driver John to collect etc and they were joined on there walk by a couple Bjorn & Susanne  from Denmark .
 
DAY EIGHT Stephen and his crew left the Great Glen hostel at Loch Lochy at 10ish this morning, and arrived at Fort Augustus just after 1. After a great day's walking, they arrived at Invermoriston around 6.
Stephen and Jim were joined today, at various points, by David, Alison, Sonja, Ewan, Andy, David and Bjorn (hope I've got them all). Stephen tells me that they found an unexpected hidden gem yesterday: a fairy grotto! He'll post photos when he can.
 
DAY NINE  Stephen and crew set of this morning, in the rain and arrived a Drumnadrochit  about teatime all ready for an early night as tommorow is the last leg of the journey.They were met by a large part of the 'Mackay Clan' here to cheer them on on there final day. hope to see you all at the town house inverness about 5pm, where we will walk the last mile to the Maggie Centre. We had a great evening in the backpackers despite Sonja ordering the foot take away on the phone in Aberfeldy whenwe were in Drumnadrochid -- a wee dump blode moment perhaps sonja.? 
 
DAY TEN -FINAL DAY. A very early start today as we headed for the final push. The Way took us through Drumnadrochit where we were met by Adam Davidson replendent in his hilt and moses staff. We left Jim behind as he waited to dropp off his luggage at the camper van. However he missed the turnoff and ended up with an extra few miles to catch up the group. We were all worried about Jim and with no mobile single we could not connect with him. However David, Andy ,David D & Adam & Stephen were so worried that they went into a eco cafe in the middle of a forest for tea coffe and in Andy's case a bowl of soup and home made butter and bread! Jim caught up with the other group and Sandie was setnt back to find the stragglers who were enjoying their rustic cuppa! We were soon met by Jack, Joan , Sheila and later on by Phyl & Robert. The press and Skerryvore were always on the phone when we got a single as we started to close in on Inverness.
On Ness Bank we were joined by Audrey, Daryll , Skerryvore and a film crew for a new Skerryvore Music / Cancer video. Jim & Stephen were asked to walk forward and back over and over for the cameras. Then now about 20 strong we went up to ton house for an emotional reunion at the end of the Great Glen Way. This included Pat's mum Peggy and there was hardly a dry eye. Then more media photos. Then off up to Maggies. Then just as Pat joined us in her wheel chair( Sandie got her wish) a raindow ( sign of hope) formed over Maggie's!
We then marched into Maggie's and then Jim had a suprise reunion with his wife Bernedette. We then had a lovely receptions with more P&G photos after a on  walk interview. Then Skerryvore played a wonderful set including on the road. Especially for Bernie Home to Dunegal. Stephen the mad a passionate thank you speech- Weve Done it! Ten days is a long time five big news stories : Bin  Laden dead, SNP landslide, Norwich promoption, Celtic Beat by Caley give iniative to Gers and pioniantly Servi Bal.... lost his brave fight to brain cancer. The evening went on with Skerryvore signing CD's and filming their video. We then retired for a buffet and welcome pampering at Kingsmills Hotel. We did it Glasgow To Inverness - 10 days - on time- lots of fun and over £5,000in the funds! Well done to everyone who walked, contibuted or Supported Stephen's Footsteps Chalenge. God Bless ! What are we doing for the next challenge?
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