(1) Norrie Mulholland
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Walk the World.
For those of you have been following my walks on Bute, or indeed all of my articles on my website, bear with me if I turn my attention to a walk that I have done which covers a great deal of Scotland, namely my completion of a walk that I have finished on 10-11-2011, a walk which was the equivalent of walking around the world a distance of 24,859 miles.
It all started on June 1999 when a friend wanted to walk The West Highland Way. Well , although I had always been a good walker I had never thought of doing a long distance one, but I rose to the challenge, and with him we got ourselves fairly fit for this expedition, and we soon left to do it, and it was that enjoyable that I did it again and again, and then more.
This was the start of my recording my mileage covered on a daily basis, and I soon covered plenty of more miles, by doing The West Highland Way another seven times, then the Great Glen and The Speyside Way . Then I started to climb Munro’s (Scottish Mountains over 3000 ft, 915 mtrs) and stopped after I had climbed 100, but I then carried on with my long walks which I found most enjoyable, with meeting hundreds of people with the same interests as myself, and swapping tales of our walking and climbing conquests, to treating quite a few with blisters.
It was only in 2009, when I checked on how much I had travelled, and it amounted to 20,033 miles, so I then thought, where do I stop? I then looked up my World Atlas, and it was then that I decided to walk the equivalent of round the world, starting from the Isle of Bute, up to the North Pole, down the back of the world to the South Pole, then back up to the Isle of Bute.
So, now that was set, all had to do is to get walking, so I did.
After a long time I was beginning to think that I had made a big mistake, but I carried on regardless, and when I broke the 24.000 mark it became easier, well not easier, but the end was in sight, if you can call 859 miles that. At that point I had given myself a deadline of June 2012, but that was too far away for me so I went into third gear and my new deadline was then January 2012. I then went into top gear and made it December 2011, and then my boots would not stop walking so I went in to overdrive and I finished it on 10th November 2011.
I am very proud to say that I have not cheated in any one of these miles. You can fool the public, but you can’t fool yourself
In the last couple of thousand I have been in contact with Lindsey Spears who is part of a team that looks after PR on behalf of Berghaus, and it was great to have someone that I felt was with me in these closing miles, and when I completed the walk, she organised the making a report for the outside world, and also to be on the Berghaus web-site.
I sent Lindsey all the info that she required, and she sent me back what she felt that was fine for the outside world, and I could even check it out and edit it, then send it back to her which I thought was excellent. (Other companies take note)
I started to make arrangements for a small party in my local bar “The Taverna Bar “in Rothesay, my favourite place for a few drams of the ‘Amber Nectar’.
So it was pencilled in for a Buffet and two drinks for invited friends at my expense.
Then, the end got nearer and nearer, and I got a bit nervous for a while wondering how it would go. Would my legs pack in? Would Lindsey get me onto the outside world, and in their website?
I started to make a list of whom I may invite, and this is a problem, where do you stop?
I did not want to invite some and offend others, so I was glad that I had started this list early, as I would have got into a fair muddle, but by the time of the party all was well with 34 invited with allowance for what we call the ‘Thursday Nighters’ , people that are not close friends but welcome to enjoy the evening.
The end of my walk came on Thursday evening on the 10th of November, with myself walking the last 300 mtrs to the Taverna, to the tumultuous welcome from friends, and the Proclaimers belting out their ‘I can walk 500miles’. Handshakes all rounds, then a well-deserved drink or two or more, and Craig Borland the editor of the Buteman was there to record, and take images for his paper.
Mingled with all that was there, then later after the Buffet was served, Dougie and his wife Linda presented me with a dozen commemorative mugs for the end of my walk (see Images).
Well the evening went on and on until about 23.00 hours, then it was time to go home, and even at that time I was feeling fine considering?
Now that I have stopped recording the miles that I now walk, it gives me more time to record more walks on Bute for you to explore, so watch this space.
Also on my agenda are more nature articles as I will have more time to explore and record many more species, (if I find any)
All in all it has been a great time for me.
Thanking you all, but a very big thank you, to Lindsey Spears.