Hello from Middlesbrough. I woke up to sunshine this morning, all was calm, no wind and no rain, hoooray. I was able to put my shorts on and pack my wet gear in the rucksack. Everything had dried out overnight. The first thing I did was to go to Carphone Warehouse and buy a cheapo phone, and I was back in business in no time. It was only £17, so that's hardly going to break the bank. Besides I need to keep in touch with people. Martin from Walking Forum was going to meet me so I needed to let him know where I was. And Brenda, one of my bloggy friends was also coming out to meet me. Once I got the phone I could let them know my location. In fact they all turned up within ten minutes of each other, Brenda was with her hubby and son, so I had an escort of three cyclists. Martin walked with me for a while, and I arranged to finish the day at Brenda's house which is where I am now.
I took a few photo's before I left Hartlepool, The Maritime Experience has an entrance fee, but the Museum next door doesn't. I had a quick flit round, a nice young man showed me around. Another friendly person was very helpful.
A look at the engine room.
There is so much to see and not enough time. The Harbour is very close to all the big name stores and eateries. It's all been preserved and renovated and makes for a very relaxing place to wander around and enjoy it. I set off down the Promenade which runs alongside the A178, chatting to a group of ladies who were doing a sponsored walk in aid of some new church bells.
After that I walked through some industrial areas, winding my way towards the Newport Bridge crossing.
I was strolling along enjoying the scenery, when I was amazed to see a seal come to the surface with a large fish in it's mouth. I didn't think they would get this far inland.
You can read about it here.
Fascinating, I love anything like this.