Back to it again

on Apr 21, 2010 | 0 comments

Break’s Over!

After spending an absolutely wonderful week with my two little girls, where absolutely nothing related to the walk happened – they were understandably my one and only priority that week, I’m now back head down and running trying to get everything sorted out before the start of the walk.

I’m currently plotting all the route on the PC and transferring the final route, day by day, on to all my many maps…and there are a lot of them I can tell you! This is a pretty slow process but getting it right now will hopefully mean less headache down the road.

Change of plan

on Apr 26, 2010 | 0 comments

Delays

Boy there’s a lot to do in planning this walk!

After spending my last, fantastic weekend with my little angels (going to miss them so much!) I’ve had to make the tough call to delay the start of the walk by a few days because of everything that’s left to do.

I can’t leave without having the maps marked up and sent off to the pick-up points along the way and this is taking a little longer than I expected, especially with the time with the girls taken into account. Clearly I’m not begrudging that time – I wish I could spend more time with them! – but it has set me back quite a bit and I need to make sure that I’m ready, really ready for the off.

Minor set back

on Apr 28, 2010 | 0 comments

My Bloody Knees

So I did a walk in to Reading yesterday with my full pack on my back. That pack was worth every single penny I paid for it as it was *the* most comfortable pack I’ve ever worn by a country mile!

The walk in went well but for the last couple of weeks I’ve been plagued by a minor problem with my left knee. I think I must have done it when I had the girls for the week, no doubt while they were using me as a trampoline or something. Unfortunately, on the way back home my knee really started to play up. So as not to make matters worse I phoned Matt (my brother) who came and picked me up. I’m not sure what causes it to play up as it can do it with or without a pack on, whether I’m wearing trainers or boots; there doesn’t seem to be one thing I can put it down to, which is most frustrating I can tell you.

iPhone test

on Apr 28, 2010 | 0 comments

Ain’t Tech Great?

Hopefully, if you can see this update of course, it means I’ve successfully set my site up so that I can update it using my iPhone.

Obviously I’ll only be able to do this when I can access the interweb en route, which may well be patchy (or non-existent) at times, but the hope is I’ll be able to post as often as I can.

A massive thank you

on Apr 28, 2010 | 1 comment

Wow! Just Wow!

I‘d just like to say an absolutely massive thank you to everyone who has so generously sponsored me so far. £800 and counting at the moment, almost £1000 with the gift aid!

Absolutely amazing and makes all the work so far, and the hard work to come so worthwhile.

Almost time to go

on May 4, 2010 | 0 comments

The Final Countdown

After a very busy weekend plotting routes, drawing on maps, checking kit lists etc. I am now almost ready to set off and start this big adventure. The first few bundles of maps have been delivered, more are ready for dispatch, and my kit list is now all ready bar one final item…rechargeable batteries for my camera.

It’s been a huge amount of work to get to this stage  over the last two months, certainly more than I ever thought it was going to be, but, dare I say it, the real work will be starting at the end of the week!

See you on the flip side

on May 5, 2010 | 4 comments

Almost Time To Leave

So, the time is almost here for me to head off in to the sunset and move one step closer to starting this epic journey – well, it is for me anyway.

Tomorrow I will be going down to Penzance with my brother ready for the start of my very intimate and up-close-and-personal adventure through the countryside of this great island of ours. It’s all very exciting but scary at the same time.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a little apprehensive about it all; worrying whether not the kit is correct and will stand up to the rigours of the walk, whether or not I will be able to cope with the weight on my back and distance to be walked every day. All I know is, I’m going to give this everything I’ve got, like I’ve done over the last two months, and if that means I make it then I make it. If something happens and I have to stop then I’ll try not to get too beat up about it, although I would be thoroughly disappointed in not finishing way up there at John O’Groats.

The day before tomorrow

on May 6, 2010 | 4 comments

Ready. Steady…

After trying to have an early night last night I failed miserably, only managing to steal 4 hours’ sleep before the three alarms I’d set went off. Tired? Certainly. Excited? Definitely! Scared? You’d better believe it!

We hit the road at 5:35am, which wasn’t bad considering the plan was for a 5:30am set off, and I’m pleased to say the early start paid off as the only trouble with traffic was a minor delay whilst going through Exeter. By virtue of the fact that we were stuck in Exeter you might have guessed that we took the scenic route down to Penzance which, although raining and misty, was a very nice drive indeed. I say drive, I was the passenger for the the entire journey (thanks Matt!) which was the first journey of that length I hadn’t been stuck behind the wheel. Made a nice change if I’m honest about it.

Day 1

on May 7, 2010 | 2 comments

Land’s End to Penzance

After an ok sleep last night (only woke up three times) I put on my walking clothes – less boots – and popped down for breakfast, which consisted of a bowl of chopped fruit (thought I’d better try and have something healthy) and a full fry up with a round of toast. The hope was that a good stomach full of food would keep me going…only time would tell if that was the case or not.

Day 2

on May 8, 2010 | 3 comments

Penzance to Porthleven

Last night I had a bit of a think about things I desperately needed in my pack and maybe some things I could probably do without. This was tough as high up on the list of items to lighten the load was my netbook. Without it I wouldn’t be able to jump on to wifi hotspots if I came across any, and if that were the case I wouldn’t be able to have a Skype video call with the girls, like last night. Tough decision that one so I slept on it.