It was decided that I would need a day off at Scardroy and was looked after by the keeper’s wife John and Blanche Meldrum and given drinks and lots of care. I thought for me the walk was over. I started to get better , I slept and slept and after eating some soup and food that was brought later in the afternoon I felt very weak but on the mend. We were given a great meal that night and I decided to carry on and see how it would go. I will never forget the kindness shown to me at Scardroy . Later on my mother phoned them when I told them of the kindness I had been given and thanked them for all their help. I was pretty weak when I went to bed but I prayed I would be able to cope with the big hill day?
Jim and Paul were fine but had said they would make the decision if I was too slow, I remember these words even to this day. It would be the end of my Walk. I was to go back to Scardroy and thank them after the walk and drop a few gifts and a bottle but it was little recompense for such great Highland Hospitality. This Glen was to be revisited on several call outs in the years to come both for aircraft incidents. One in 1982 for an USA F111 that crashed a few miles from Scardroy and both crew got out alive, the other was for a missing Cessna aircraft that was found on Liathach.
That night I slept well but still felt very weak, Jim and Paul were champing at the bit to go. I did not want to let them down. There would be hard days ahead I hoped I would cope?