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]

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Day 0 Home to Lowestoft

19 March
Distance: 2.5 miles
Number of clouds seen all day: 0

Three years ago when I pictured what it would be like to walk away from Land's End, I imagined that it would be raining. In the event, we got a glorious blue skied day.

I didn't think our luck could hold for a second Big Walk, yet when we left St Margaret's just under a year ago, the sun beat down on us. "We'll not be third time lucky too" I pessimistically said, but happily I was wrong.

The grass was white with frost before we left home this morning, and the clear skies lasted all through our exceptionally smooth (and entirely on time) train journeys. And so, for the third biggie in a row, the start photos were taken with a blue backdrop.

It was a tad nippy, mind, but perhaps that was to be expected given the time of year and the fact that it was 5pm when we set out. Originally the plan had been to set out tomorrow, but as we were going to be walking past Lowestoft Ness to get to our night-stop, it seemed silly to go back and repeat the journey tomorrow.

So, it was a gentle start to our journey, once we'd strolled through an unattrative industrial area to get to the start line. With no-one in the immediate area when we arrived at Ness Point, we simply had a good look at the big circle on the ground which gives distances to various places, including the cardinal points (apparently Ardnamurchan is 451 miles as the crow flies)), took a few dodgy self-photos (because it's not easy to take self-photos without gurning just a little) and then set out northwards along the coast.

The sea wall and then some lovely woodland brought us to Pleasurewood Hills, where, within an hour of setting out, the Travelodge became our home for the next two nights. First day proper tomorrow...

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  1. Confucius, he say "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"

    Well, that's got that over with then - just the few zillion other steps left!

  2. Confucius also says:-
    And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.

    A great quote i think.

    All the best on your trek.

  3. Starting out with two sharp hair cuts!