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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Day 1. Can't upload the pics

Hi, I'm failing miserably tonight to upload some photo's of Chester, for some reason they just aren't going. The signal is good, but the little whirlygig goes round and round, and nowt happens, so I give up. It's almost 11.30pm and I need my sleep.

I've done about 18 miles today and taken two hours out to look round Chester, and finished at Huxley, midway between Waverton and Tiverton. Mo came to pick me up and bring me to hers, and tonight we have been out to her local pub for a musical night. I'll tell you all about it when I get to upload the pics and write a proper post.

There were a few heavy showers this morning but I had a lovely sunny afternoon walking in my designer shorts. The brolly came in usefull. I'll sign off for now, I might have to hold this post back till the end of the walk, as there will be more photos to upload tomorrow.

Anyway, so far so good. slight soreness on my right heel but I think that's because the wetness came through my boots. Starting off with dry socks and boots should be more comfortable tomorrow.


  1. Good to hear you are OK. Weather doesn't look brilliant today so hope you can keep dry.
    Brenda in the Boro

  2. Good morning, start of second day. I'm up at 6.30am trying to upload pics but it's still not having it. I watch the line go across the bottom and it's three steps forward and two back. Frustrating. On top of that Blogger have changed my interface and I can no longer use the old one, there's no going back, got to find where everything is now.

    Not looking too good outside, very overcast, it has been raining but I don't think it is now. Going to get a cup of coffee to kick start me, I want to have a good day today and try and make up the two miles I was short yesterday. Catch you later. Toodle pip

  3. This is where we were last night
    If you'd been drunk and disorderly you might have ended up here

  4. I am really inspired by your walkabouts, Ilona. I'm thinking about doing a little trip myself because as much as I love my family I feel I need a solo break for a few days. I was wondering what sort of equipment you have, do you wear special walking boots? And are you a member of the YHA as I know you stay at hostels quite a lot? Sorry for all the questions, I'm just curious to know.

  5. The Lord Binning looks like a good place for a get together. I hope you are staying dry.

  6. I'm just trying to upload some pictures now and they won't go. Must be the new Blogger interface!
    Love from Mum

  7. Hi Heleng. Ask all you like, I am happy to help. I am a member of the YHA, renewal due this month. Can't remember how much it is but it's not much. I get my moneys worth by taking advantage of the special offers. I sometimes pick a hostel and organise walks around it.

    Real walking boots are needed to cope with all surfaces, you need to cushion your feet. They don't have to cost a fortune, I don't go for fancy names. Mine cost £55, they were in a sale, originally £110. The only way to buy boots is to go to a shop, Millets is alright, find a sales person with loads of patience, and try on lots of different pairs. Take your own socks, I wear a thinner pair and a thick pair. The boots have to fit snug so your feet do not move around inside as it's movement which causes blisters. Mine are getting a bit sloppy now so I am experimenting with different socks. Some shops let you take the boots back if they are not right, but only if you have worn them inside the house, to try them out.

    My jacket is from a Trespass shop and cost about £30. There is no need to buy a more expensive lined jacket, some have a removable fleece. I prefer to layer up. My jacket is as waterproof as I want it, I find using a small brolley keeps a lot of water off my head and back so my jacket is fine. I have cheap waterproof trousers which I only use if it is heavy rain for a long time, as they make me sweat inside and feel uncomfortable. I prefer shorts for most weathers, my legs get wet then they get dry as I walk.

    I would say get yourself familiarised with ordnance survey maps, read them instead of a book. I can answer more questions when I get back, for now I'm going downstairs for breakfast. Toodle pip


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