Lovely colours of autumn on view today. Even though I stuck mostly to roads, as usual, many trees and bushes exhibited beautiful reds, oranges and yellows. The underrated Hitchcock film The Trouble With Harry was brought to mind, set in New England in the early years of Technicolour (1955). Trailer shows these colours…. https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DU0w_1cHIc-0&ved=2ahUKEwjooYrfi4TeAhWkA8AKHQpTB2IQ_-MBMAN6BAgIEAk&usg=AOvVaw1CoVDyhC0zFAH1Fw_UHPeq
Having said that, there was no dead body in sight, not even mine after another 18 and a bit miles (Sarisbury to Portchester and back, with a significant diversion north of Fareham) I was a bit surprised and puzzled to have two blisters last week but there was no problem this time out. Putting in perspective, the first time I went on a walk in 2012 was a 15 miler on Saturday after which I was barely able to walk at all the next day and was limping around for three days after – not even with blisters but muscly aches and pains. Now, if I didn’t have stuff to do tomorrow, I could easily whack out another 20 miles or so.
It was unexpectedly warm and close this morning and my three layers gave me a slightly overdressed feeling but regular gusts of wind as the day went on maybe made me thankful for the hoodie. I was most troubled by flies and insects flying around and a couple flew into my eye, taking a little time to clear them. When I say they were a couple, I can’t be sure they were an item but, if they were, they have no doubt ended their relationship now.
I was listless early on and I had a strange feel of everything around me being just a little bit too noisy so I took a few quieter side roads for a while. Gradually I got in the zone and racked up the miles, only briefly disturbed by a cyclist brushing me as he raced past me from behind. Bikes on pavements have become the norm and I have no problem with that, as long as pedestrians are respected.
Looking forward some months, I have agreement in principle for four weeks leave for a challenge in March / April, as long as work is covered. Nothing is booked yet though I have the route mostly worked out with putative accommodation, and it is apparent that many are more expensive than in 2014. Talking of which, on being introduced to me at work earlier this week, a woman said, “oh you were the one who did that walk”. It is an easy conversation starter if anyone is interested!
So my plan is to walk between the three Office for National Statistics sites – Titchfield to Newport, Newport to London, and London to Titchfield. Somewhere in the region of 360 miles, I think, give or take a few. Of course, it is not definite but it is more likely than not so, er, March / April may happen. I am really looking forward to that somewhat nomadic lifestyle again (and brokering another deal with Travelodge!).
Fitness is key, obviously, and I will have to push myself over a couple of longer weekends and Christmas to reacquaint myself with walking a few consecutive days.