The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Sunday, 13 April 2008


Our bags are packed.

The spare kit and food parcels have been handed over to our Logistics Manager (my sister).

Taking care of the Blog (primarily removing the annoying Pocketmail footer and updating the progress graphic) has been handed over to my friend Vic (who has promised not to post any photos of me with dodgy perms or the like in my absence).

We’re all ready to go first thing in the morning, from when we will spend the whole day wending our way down to Land’s End on trains and a bus.

The final pack weights (including some food and with 2 litres of water each) are 10.4kg for me and 11.4kg for Husband. I did offer to carry something for him but he chivalrously declined.

There were a few final tweaks of my kit, mainly to trim a bit of weight, but nothing particularly worthy of mention. The final backpack decision for me was the OMM Villain. For shoes I’m going with both the XA Pro and the Roclites. I’m hoping to gain confidence in one pair or the other pretty quickly and send the other home.

For a tent we’re starting out with the Voyager. The Voyager will be swapped for Wendy* when we reach Monmouth and will stay with us until at least Whitchurch. Husband’s rather hoping that we’ve come to decide during that period that Wendy is suitable to continue with us, as she saves him the best part of a kilo off his pack weight.

And so now it’s time for all those months of planning to be put into practice, but before then fingers are crossed that all of our transport runs smoothly tomorrow…


  1. Good luck... I will be watching and reading with interest :-)

  2. Good Luck with the walk-Hope all goes well.

  3. Ready...Steady...Go!

    I wish both of you a walk full of experiences and fun! May the weather god be with you and let you feel all times warm and dry.
    Preparation time is over and the real adventure begins. All the best and thanks in advance for all the entertainment you will provide to all of us coach potato blog aficionados.

  4. good luck and enjoy the great walk
    [aka puppy's world]

  5. Good luck to you both, just found you through Sally in Norfolk.

    Hope all goes well, and will look in again to see how it is going.