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, 19 April 2009


What an absolutely glorious day for a walk!

It seemed to be a pretty unanimous opinion, between us and the thirty thousand other people out on the Chase.

It was just over 15 miles today (2000 feet of ascent) with full packs.

Mick did well, considering that it was only an hour or so before we set off that he declared himself over the cold from which he has been suffering. But, he did end the day significantly red in the face. It’s back to the time of year where nothing short of factor 50 will save him, and yet we were out there in the blazing sun with no suncream at all (“When will you think to apply suncream without me telling you to?” I asked; “When I grow up” he replied; “When will that be” I asked?; “A lot of years yet” he confirmed).

Much of the entertainment for today’s walk was provided by Podcast Bob’s recent podcasts (some of which seem to have been around for a while without me noticing). I particularly enjoyed the two-parter with Peewiglet on the subject of the GR20. The new podcasts don’t seem to be shown on The Outdoorsstation yet, but you can find them via the linky thing at Backpackinglight or from itunes.

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