Saturday 4th November 2017
Hopefully most of the blog is now updated, even if the unpacking isn’t complete and the washing is piled up.
It was odd sleeping in a bed last night after a few nights in a tent, and normal life has to be resumed between now and April.
I’m happy with most of the kit I took with me, but now need to practice carrying my bigger rucksack over winter because I’ll need to include tent, sleeping bag etc in the loads for next year, and no matter how much I like the Deuter, it simply isn’t big enough.
We took a lot of food that we didn’t eat – it was too cold and wet to be cooking out of doors and I won’t risk carbon monoxide poisoning so cooking in the tent is out of the question. We used the microwave in the car to boil water and heat soup, and that was about it.
I also found that I wasn’t particularly hungry during a day of walking and never did touch that emergency can of pilchards recommended by Daryl May. (As I recall his idea was that emergency food should not be so attractive that you eat it because you want to. I demonstrated the accuracy of his idea when the chocolate vanished during the last three miles to Tintagel.)
Overall I’m happy with Phase 1.
I’d planned to walk around 100 miles and managed 96, which included a day lost due to toothache. My knees didn’t dislocate (no strapping required), my legs are stronger and I estimated the effort fairly accurately. The way I used my walking poles has strengthened my upper body more than I expected, which is no bad thing. At this rate it will even get rid of bingo wings; I may be onto a new exercise fad.
My attention to navigation needs to improve, especially when I think I know where I am and where I’m going. Complacency is dangerous.
Using a mobile for blogging needs a lot more work, and the lack of a signal for huge areas is something I need to think more carefully about, especially if I need to use it as a backup for navigation.
Now to spend winter planning…