Why am I doing this again?
I have a very stubborn streak in me . I managed to join up ‘the line’ during my travels in 2015 and 2016 when I started walking from firstly John O’Groats and then secondly from Lands End. Each time I managed around 500 miles before disaster occurred in the form of a stress fracture in my foot , which of course meant the end of my adventures while I waited for it to heal. However, managing half a trip in each case has not been the ‘real thing’. I really want to do it all in one go.
This year I am feeling more positive. I now have more time on my side as I don’t have work waiting for me so I am adding in extra rest days. I persuaded my G.P. to let me have my bone density checked in an MRI scan which thankfully has shown no sign of Osteoporosis, so armed with extra supportive insoles, gel pads for the toes and having taken a three month course of calcium and vit. D, I am ready to hit the road again.
I have come up with a different route adding in The Lizard as the most southerly point of England and Dunnet Head as the most northerly point of Scotland. The rest involves visiting new places with the exception of southern Staffordshire where I am staying in the same campsite as 2016, for the simple reason that there is nowhere else for miles around.
I truly hope I won’t come to grief. I have spent the last few weeks lugging around a 5l bottle of water, an unopened 1.5kg bag of flour and 2 1kg bags of rice during practice walks. If only people had known what was actually in my rucksack!