I needed to shove in one more post. I made 15 miles on Saturday. The disance was pyschologically important, and I set it on purpose. An average walking day on the C2C is 15 miles. Our first 2 days will be 15 miles each. I planned to do another 15 miles on Sunday, but I was invited to a Cinco de Mayo party in the evening, and I was, unfortunately, not disciplined about my food and drink intake. In short, I skipped the next day 15-mile hike. That won’t be a choice on the actual walk.
I felt fine until the end of the walk and for about 30 seconds afterwards. Then, everything stopped moving. The two toes on my left foot that I dropped the pickle jar on last week felt just plain broken. I thought this is not such a good sign. But, 3 hours later, all was fine again! Maybe I will have that bounce-back resilience, in order to do this walk, day after day after day… Maybe!
Well, I announced that my last post would be my last post before take-off. This one certainly will be. I have done a “dry-run” of my packing, noting down some last minute stuff to shop for tomorrow. Little thngs.
The schedule goes now – I fly from Grand Rapids to Newark, New Jersey, on Wednesday. There, I meet up with my walking buddy Joel for the flight to Manchester, England. From Manchester, probably already Thursday, due to the new time zone, we will take a train to St. Bees, the village that begins the walk. We have given ourselves Friday for “acclimating.” I will take pictures of the village and write a post on Friday. I can imagine that the posts, the writing at least, may become a bit shorter on the walk. I will hit the highlights, and post pictures. Many mundane factual details can be googled, I suspect.
So, until England!