TGO Challenge 2015: Day 12 – Deeside Way

ballater station
Ballater Station – just a few days after the fire

I left about 0940hrs, and picked up some Compeed and other foot stuff at the Chemist shop. Then it was along the Deeside Way to Aboyne. This stage of the Deeside Way is very straight and flat with good views, and I think, is the best part of this path. The weather was good apart from the odd shower.

break at dinnet
Emma Warbrick Sitting. Standing (L to R) are Me, Stan Appleton, Gordon Matthew

I met Dave Brown, then Emma Warbrick and Stan Appleton at the Cambus O’ May bridge, then we all met up at the Loch Kinord Hotel at Dinnett along with Gordon Matthew, where we had some lunch. Dave had his ipad, and showed us his blog so far. We compared ailments, also discussed appropriate pain killers etc, and drugs were produced and dispensed. Dave left first, and then the rest of us headed off, just as a funeral party arrived.

We got to Aboyne at around 1545hrs, and then went our separate ways. After this, I never saw any other TGOers until I signed out at Montrose. I had some coffee then headed for the Aston Lodge B&B. Despite knocking on the door and ringing the bell, and trying to phone, there was no answer. After about 30 minutes, the door opened. The proprietor was in the kitchen with the radio blaring! This was probably my best and cheapest B&B. The room and bathroom were very large, with sweets and fresh fruit and other goodies in the room. Unusually, the room never had a TV.

See more photographs in my Flickr pages TGO Challenge 2015 Part 1 and TGO Challenge 2015 Part 2

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