Time to catch up on a few comments. Sorry to anyone that I've missed - it will have been by accident.
Louise - welcome back from your travels. Any joy with the boot shopping you were doing?
Martin B - nowt wrong with the Tarptent. In fact, with some relief, we find that we really like it. The only reason we didn't use it on the first night was because we were staying with a trail angel whose entire 'yard' is taken up with pre-erected tents containing camp beds. No trail names yet - I think we may avoid getting any. Lots of thru-hikers we've met haven't picked one up yet.
Martin R - it's funny how we come over all American between ourselves (caught myself referring to a 'parking lot' yesterday), yet become awfully British when talking to others!
Geoff G - we did wish for an umbrella, but it's probably too windy for one now. If I was to do this trip over, then it would certainly be on our kit list.
Robin - we did shun a brolly (not a Chrome Dome - we would certainly have taken that) in a hiker box, but we had seen the wind forecast by then.
Conrad - Glad to hear the knee, and your walking range, is improving. Hope it's coming along in leaps and bounds now.
I do like the 'bonne continuation' salutation - it's exactly the right sentiment.
Geoff E - hmmm, now you put it like that, maybe I've not been accentuating the good stuff enough (which way outweighs the negatives). The jetlag is now over. We're accustomed to the heat enough to be able to eat again. The flat desert/aqueduct only lasted 3 or so hours. But the packs are awful heavy at times (like right now - five days food; four litres of water). Definitely looking forward to when water becomes less scarce.
JP - have you finished your Welsh walk now? Got anything else in the pipeline?
David A - small world - we won't be far from Bishop. As for the eggs/bread options, they're just confusing (really, six bread options!).
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