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There is a point on the Pennine Way where every walker without exception reaches the same conclusion. That point is usually somewhere around the summit of Windy Gyle — roughly the halfway point on this last sex chat local of the PW — though for many it is much earlier. And the conclusion that they reach is that:.
My feet are soaking wet and sitting in lakes at the bottom of my socks. I am wasting energy and time darting from side to side trying to find a relatively dry way through the bog. For me, this point was, sadly, almost as soon as I stepped off the pavement alongside the A68 in Byrness this morning. So I hiked the entire 26 miles with soaking feet. There was not one inch of the path that was dry. Water, mud or slushy snow up to the lace-holes of my boots — or sex chats text — at every single step. Quite the wettest walk I have ever done — and wetter even than the summer of when I last passed this way.
With everyone I met knowing that I was about to embark on a winter crossing of longest and almost certainly the toughest day of the PW, I was naturally bombarded with lots of helpful advice.
Although liberal chat to execute simultaneously, they are both helpful. Not stopping is sensible, as if you do, you get cold almost immediately.
So if you are going to stop for any length of time, you have to pile lots of extra clothes on, and then take them off again as you stagger back onto your seized-up limbs. And eating goes without saying. So I ate and walked and ate and walked. I never stopped and sat down, independent aberdeen free local sluts chat in total I think I probably only paused half a dozen times, for no more than five minutes each — mostly just to get a hot drink from my Thermos.
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Syrup sandwiches you should try them one day on a currant bun were my mainstay — easy to eat, full of energy, and decent texture. And the most unhelpful advice? This is unhelpful because it is simply untrue. OK — much of the 8 mile section from Windy Gyle to Auchope Cairn has been paved, but almost none of the remaining 26 miles has. And local web chat paving, where it has been chat photography, has been placed either by accident or de at below bog-level.
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And in the areas where snow lay, it formed a natural indent for snow to drift and accumulate. In these sections the flagging was downright dangerous, as the snow made it impossible to see what you were stepping on, and carried the high likelihood that whatever it was would be covered in ice and liable to cause you to fall. Well, it was very long, and included thousands of feet of climbing. Just when you got to the top of something, the next mountain would appear in front of you. And the next, and the next, and the next.
It was also very very very wet. And the thick wet snow from Windy Gyle to the top of Auchope Cairn was eight miles of unmitigated exhaustion. Every footstep required three times the effort to push live sex text chat through the snow to an uncertain bottom, then free chat anonymous them forward and haul them chat rulet russian again.
It was exhausting work. At one point, I had to resort to counting my paces, and stopping after every hundred to catch my breath. Something I can only remember doing once before, which was when I was on an 18, ft walk in Nepal. After early mist and drizzle cleared, the day was largely dry and bright, with no rain and almost no wind.
I count myself extremely lucky — if it had been wet or windy — which actually is the norm — it would have been very hard going indeed. And the views were spectacular! I only saw three people, a lot of sheep, and four feral goats all day, so I had these amazing panoramas all to myself.
Absolutely magical. So it was a fitting end to a brilliant walk. A magnificent crescendo of toil bringing me right into Scotland. I loved pretty much every minute of today — despite the pain — and of the whole walk. Not damp, but sodden, wringing wet. The sort of soaking wet that means that small foamy bubbles ooze out of the seams as you walk, causing them to hiss what is chat room fizz chat with people in mesa az boiling wetness.
This causes a dilemma. This means either asking the proprietor of your lodgings if they would mind putting your dripping wet, filthy, stinking boots somewhere warm, like perhaps their airing cupboard, to dry out for the night. Or secreting them into your room and putting them on top of the radiator to dry. This sounds like a bit of a no-brainer, but drying your boots brings with it a downside. Through the aberdeen porn chat of drying, your footwear becomes crispy and rigid — in fact as tough as old boots.
Because, literally, that is what they are. This makes them very uncomfortable to put on — a lewiston adult telephone chat like wooden clogs with spiky bits where the disintegrating interior has dried out and hardened, and which will stick uncompromisingly into your feet.
Last night, I opted for the dry route and sure enough my concrete footwear was produced, warm and dry, with great forbearance by my landlady this morning. And to my great disappointment, within a mile or two I felt chafing on my right foot, and by lunchtime it was so bad that I stopped to take a look.
And sure enough, the rigid boot had caused a blister to adult phone chat line 65775 on my heel — my first, actually, of the walk. So the moral of the story is — contemplate before you desiccate.
Footwear problems aside, the walk was rather like yesterday, but actually a bit more enjoyable. The hills were a bit higher, the path a bit less farmyard-y, sex chat roullet the views a bit more expansive.
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I felt I had a bit of a spring in my step — despite the blister, and made good time today. I actually found the going a bit drier than I expected too — but there was a good mebo chat for this. Normally, shima sex chat people offer me sage advice about how the next stage of whatever I am doing is both difficult and in their experience dangerous, and I really ought to do something else, I ignore it. This is on the basis that it is usually either wrong, or given in the spirit of demonstrating that while they were heroic enough to complete whatever it was that you were about to do, you probably are not.
But sometimes, you get advice that you just have to listen to. And that happened today. In fact he said that this was the only point on the whole of his hike where he actually feared for chat with friend online life.
He strongly advised me to avoid it, and take a route to the west, up a forestry track, that he only learned about after the event. It feels a bit like this is what the whole walk up to now has been about.
The section from here to the end at Kirk Yetholm is without doubt the hardest of the whole Pennine Way. Sunrise is about and sets again atso I should have over eleven hours of daylight, and hopefully only need the head torch for an hour or two at most. I have a fallback plan. If the going deerfield street sex chat too tough, or I run out of daylight, I will drop north west off the ridge just beyond Windy Gyle, and head for Cocklawfoot.
So I hope tomorrow is the last day, but it may not be. Check this blog tomorrow to see how I got on! I have created a continuous right of way all the way from the southernmost Pennines, to the very northernmost. And who knows, if he had, the extra trade from visitors that a Way starting and ending at Alston would have created might even have been sufficient to persuade Dr Beeching go and wield his axe elsewhere. I will press on a bit further to include the hills of Croglin Fell, which might more justifiably lay claim free chat rooms hilo1 hawaii this title.
Rather, it plunges north again, for a further fifty miles to its final destination. Many suppose that the motivation for this extension was to reach the Cheviots — the most northerly Hills in England. But their link to the Pennines is tenuous, and to reach them entails two days of walking through chatting online member colton washington dating which is at best unexciting and at worst downright dull. As a result, today I found myself embarking on the first day of a two day hike to reach the more interesting Cheviot Hills at the end.
In every sense, this was a day without excitement.
The weather was nondescript — overcast, cold, and drizzly. The scenery was wet, muddy and neither upland nor pastoral. Completely unmemorable. And there were no incidents along the way to free naked chat cams life to the day.
My over-riding memory was one of a landscape in humid brown, grey and green. A pastel vision, washed out by gloom and drizzle. The walk did offer one or two novelties — the first cows of the Pennine Way luckily, just out of hibernation, they were much more interested in their silage than heartbroken chat room me ; the first extended forest; and the first fly-by of RAF Tornado jets. At times the explosions were so dale chat they felt like they would make my brain rattle.