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, 19 September 2007

This One's For Mike (You Know Who You Are...)

This Saturday is the day of the Pumlumon Challenge, a 25 mile challenge walk in mid-Wales.

A couple of months or so ago, I accidentally strayed onto the Challenge website and forwarded a link to Husband; he in turn shared it with a few people with whom he works. Along with some others, we thought that it would be a good idea to take part and I fully intended to post our entries that week.

However, our entry forms didn’t get posted that week and then we got overtaken by events and then other plans were made for the weekend in question.

Although we were rather remiss in not entering, Mike (who has taken part in the last 3 Keswick to Barrow Walks too) was not. He’s now doing the walk on his lonesome.

As things have turned out, the plans for this weekend have been cancelled and there is absolutely no reason why we couldn’t have been speeding (?!) though the Pumlumon area this Saturday (I may have even whinged a bit less than I did on the K2B walk!).

So, to Mike I apologise for not joining in the team spirit and taking part – and moreover, I wish you best of luck for the day. I hope the weather’s spot on, the bogs are dry and contrary to the theory of circular walks that there’s less uphill than down!


  1. Hi Gayle,

    Well it was certainly a challenge but enjoyable nonetheless. My time was about 10 hrs 45 min. Thanks for the idea!

    A friendly atmosphere. I joined group of three Yorkshire men - from Bradford and Halifax - for about half of the course. They had camped but I had managed to find a B&B. Hi Chris, Tim and Kev if you read this.

    What dry bogs? Those in mid Wales were saturated by Friday's torrential rain. My feet were soaked after 5 miles and stayed that way! But it's not uncomfortable walking with wet feet.

  2. I'm glad that you enjoyed it even though the bogs weren't kind to you!

    If you're interested in seeing another participant's account of the event, you'll find one at

    The Challenge remains on my 'to do' list.

    Maybe next year...