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]

Wednesday, 1 July 2009


It’s been a bit quiet around here lately. There’s lots of kit related stuff that I could write about (if only I could find the time and enthusiasm) but walking activities have been absent.

That was all going to change this weekend when I was going to take Mick for a quick overnight, (probably somewhere on this side of Wales), which was going to give me the opportunity to test out both my new Neo-Air and my new mobile blogging device.

There was one thing I had forgotten when I made that plan, and that was that I was going under the surgeon’s knife today. Or more precisely, I had remembered the knife, but completely failed to consider that having holes and stitches in the middle of my back and on my shoulder wouldn’t be compatible with a backpacking trip.

No need to fret – I’m in perfectly good health. Perhaps a touch ironically, the whole purpose of the knife was to make backpacking a more comfortable experience by removing three moley things that kept getting sorely battered by carrying my pack.

In the long run, I will be pleased to have had the removals (scarred for life mind; the things I do in the name of comfortable backpacking!) but it is harrumphworthy* about this weekend.

* Made-up word alert.



  1. Hope it all goes well and you soon get out on a hill.

  2. I hope the soreness is soon gone. Piglet sends a lick (but I think I'd keep it until you're all healed up).

  3. Get well soon, hope you can get out while we have some sunshine.

  4. It's just another ruse to lose a bit more weight, Gayle: This lightweight obsession....

    Hope it all went well,

  5. You are going to be running out of excuses!

    But, a worth while thing to take care of.

    I hope you are up and at 'em real soon. Still waiting to see what you think of the NeoAir. I like mine!

  6. You have my sympathy, Gayle.
    I spent all last week worrying about 'loose stitches', but just about got through it intact.
    You'll be pleased to hear that I'm now stuck in the 'office', idly wondering about what the weather might be like in the south of France...
    Get well soon!