I know it's only been a couple of weeks since I last shared my walking progress but the Sunday before last I took part in a 14.54 mile walk with a group of eight of my friends.
Frustratingly, I completely neglected to take any photos on the way, mainly
because I was trying to stay upright and a fair chunk of the journey was uphill.
I did carry my camera around the whole way with me, so I did intend to take
photos, it just never happened.
Luckily I walked over 35,000 steps and climbed the equivalent of 100 flights
of stairs, so as well as having my Runkeeper map showing my progress around
roughly a third of the island, I also have two shiny new badges.
The walk saw us walking from Port Bannatyne, out towards the Rhubodach ferry.
Then we veered off up through the woods (stopping briefly to visit a convenient
outhouse along the the way), before stopping for lunch and continuing up a
One of the girls had done the walk the week before and warned us that we
would need wellies for the walk. She wasn't kidding. There were a couple of
fields which we had to cross which were covered with this long, yellow, tufty
grass. In between the clumps were boggy and wet muddy patches so even with welly
boots on, it was tricky business to pick your way through secure ground. I
thought that the best places to stand would be the big tufty bits, because like
looked like they were solid ground.
Quite often you would step on one and discover that not only was it just a
fluffy patch of long grass, but that the long fluffy patch of grass was growing
over boggy mud and you'd end up sinking almost to the top of your welly boot. I
didn't fall over, but I did come close a couple of times!
Unfortunately the walk also virtually finished off the walking boots that I
got in February. After we got past the boggy fields, I carried on walking in
welly boots because the other shoes were rubbing; I'd rubbed right the way
through the fabric lining on the inside. Mr Click has found me another pair
which I should receive next week; they're Hi-Tec, the same brand as his, which
he's had for approximately sixteen years, so here's hoping they'll last a little
It only took me about three days for my muscles to return to normal after the
walk; the first day was definitely the sorest and by the third it was just when
I moved after being in the same position for too long. I'm hoping that this
means that all the walking I've been doing each day has helped me find long
distance walking a little easier.
I've taken the walking a little easier in the week since the long walk, but
this week coming I'm getting back into the swing of things. We've got my
birthday, plus a trip to Glasgow in the week ahead, so I'm hoping I'll rack up a
few steps that way. And as of yesterday, I'm roughly 200 miles
across Middle-earth which means I'm just coming to the end of the Midgewater Marshes!
Thank goodness because the midges here have been awful over the last week!