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 1 March 2009

Even Yet More Same Old

Unsurprisingly, what with it being a Sunday, and in particular with it being a Sunday after a hectic few days, we took the easy option yet again today and stretched our legs on the Chase. Only 11.5 miles today (Mick was claiming a footwear problem), but as usual, we did it at quite a lick.

The first notable point about today’s outing was that the holes in our car park have been filled in. I would call them potholes, except that doesn’t quite convey their size. These troughs were big enough to loose an entire car in and it was getting increasingly difficult to weave a route through without grounding. I doubt that the cheap fix will last long, but in the meantime, we don’t need to find a new parking area.

The second notable point was that there was shooting going on at the club that abuts the Chase in the vicinity of Beggar’s Hill. Here’s a couple of video snippets that I took along that stretch. The pictures are uninterestingly of our shadows – it’s the audio that I was trying to capture.

The third thing, which we could not help but notice, was that the number of people around the Visitor Centre today. It made the last couple of busy weekends look quiet. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many cars parked there, or so many people milling, before – even on equally warm and sunny early-spring days. Despite the generous provision of picnic benches around there, it took us a while to find a vacant one at which to have our second lunch.

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