But the itinerant orator's route to his next port of call in Stonehaven over the notorious and precipitous Slug Road through the Grampians in the dark proved to be even more of a challenge of he nerve.
Patton, who is something of a polymath with interests ranging from credit unions to photography, displayed his knowledge of classical history on his arival at Mackie Academy. "If crossing the Alps turned Hannibal's hair grey, that trip would have left him with no hair at all," he remarked, doubtlessly to instant understanding.
On his return to the flatlands of Clackmannanshire, Patton only had the Ochils to contend with. What would Hannibal's elephants have made of them?