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#406241 - 12/02/14 08:29 PM End2End Walk
Chris Wright Offline
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Is anyone contemplating a JOGLE walk in 2014? I am starting from JOG on April 20 hoping to get to LE in June sometime. Hopefully before the World Cup gets underway.
My route is the A9,Great Glen Way, WHW,Union Canal, part of Cuthbert Way, Pennine Way, part of Limestone Way, Staffordshire Way, Heart of England Way, McMillan Way & McMillan West Way, South-West Coastal Path.
Keeping fingers crossed that the floods will have subsided. Trying to tent all the way to cut costs and have a more flexible schedule.
Would love company on the walk for all or part. I'm easy to get along with. I'm fit, a distance runner (9 years and almost 2 months unbroken daily run streak at the moment). Enjoy all sports especially athletics, cricket, football, hockey (ice that is), baseball, basketball, NFL, and NASCAR. Enjoy discussing politics, theology, philosophy, Pink Floyd and Moody Blues, ELO, SuperTramp, Guess Who, BTO, Neil Young, and Rush. Ooh and Vavaldi, bannedperson, Mozart, Rene Flemming & Pavarotti too.

I'm 68, a retired school principal, British born and bred and live in Canada since 1970. My mother lives in Retford, Notts and I am a life long Forest supporter. I've run a 800 meters in 1:53.7 and a mile in 4:17 but stick to road running and cross country sking nowadays.. and hikes. Done the C2C twice. I am hoping I would be congenial company for part or all of the way.
Cheers, Chris Wright. St. John's, Newfoundland. Chris.wright46@gmail.com

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#406242 - 12/02/14 08:55 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Whilst you are flexible re timetable, have you any idea when you may be walking the Pennine Way. I am walking it S>N starting 10 May and finishing in Kirk Yetholm on 26 May. If we cross it would be good to spend an evening together, not sure I can add much to ice hockey, baseball, basketball, NFL or Nascar but we could have a drink and chat about walking!
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#406243 - 13/02/14 08:43 AM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Harland]
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Harland
Great to hear from you. I feel I know you through your many contributions to this site. I would enjoy your company should we meet up for part of a day. All things being well I think I should get to Kirk Yetholm in four to five weeks. I want to do the GGW & WHW rather than going via Edinburgh. Sounds like we could meet as I begin and you finish the PW. We should have some interesting experiences to share.
I am a novice tenter and so I am venturing into the unknown a tad. I believe there is a PW register in a pub in KY and so I`ll check if you have signed in before I get there.
Would love to inform you about the nuances of hockey and baseball when we meet but we could talk music. As you can see from my eclectic list I am somewhat dated to the 60s-early 70s! Slightly later for the Canadian stuff.
Thanks for your response and best wishes for the PW. I`m a bit wary of that walk knowing it will be the toughest stretch of all. Cheers, Chris.

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#406244 - 13/02/14 10:06 AM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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The GGW and the WHW are not too difficult to follow and I don't think that you should have much trouble in finding wild camping. There are a few official campsites that no doubt you have spotted. The ones I remember are beside the river at the Bridge of Orchy where there were lots of midges and at Beinglas Campsite where a trip across to the Drovers Inn is worth checking out even if only to say you have been there. Don't forget that there are youth hostels and bunkhouses that will enable you to have reasonable night now and again. I'll email you a copy of an accommodation list of B&Bs, YHAs, Camps and hostels that I made prior to my unsuccessful attempt at LEJOG in 2010. I had a problem with my hip as I went too far, too fast, carrying too much weight and on roads to save time. Don't underestimate the problems of walking on roads with the weight of your rucksack rather than grass - I did!

I think that the PW should be OK as by that time you will have got into the swing of daily life and pacing yourself. The trip across from the WHW to Kirk Yetholm should have given you a bit of a rest.
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#406245 - 13/02/14 02:10 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Harland]
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Appreciate the advice especially the camping. I will be aiming to overnight at official campsights, YHAs etc. Good for a shower and maybe a meal, and meet other walkers. I'll wild camp only when necessary. I was also unsuccessful three years ago and only got as far as Inverness. Developed painful blisters and was hobbling rather badly. My backpack was too heavy and yes, the road walking made it more difficult. Felt rather sheepish to call it quits and get on the train at Inverness instead of Penzance! It's a risk but I am not taking cooking gear and reducing as much as possible the overall weight. I will ease into it more this time (I'm older!). I got to Inverness in four days last time. I want to take it leisurely at first and remind myself that I am attempting this to enjoy it with no artificial deadlines. I tend to push myself too hard.
I would appreciate receiving the camping spots you used. Watching the US playing the Czechs in hockey at Sochi at the moment. We (Canada) play Norway at 12:30pm Newfoundland time, the whole country will be supporting the Canucks.

Cheers, Chris.

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#406246 - 13/02/14 02:31 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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30 miles a day last time was quite a start to the walk, no wonder you are going to ease into it more this time! I decided to walk from Land's End so that I wouldn't have a lot of road walking at the start - in the event I did rather than walk the SWCP as I had walked this previously - a mistake. If I were you I would reduce the daily mileage to say 18 per day for a week then walk whatever your body feels appropriate. I don't know if you get "Compeed", to use on blisters, in Newfoundland but if not then search it out as it really does help.
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#406247 - 13/02/14 03:59 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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This is a very good journal to read although going the wrong way for you!

http://www.ukendtoend.com./
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#406248 - 13/02/14 09:23 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Originally Posted By: Chris Wright
It's a risk but I am not taking cooking gear and reducing as much as possible the overall weight. I will ease into it more this time (I'm older!).

Hi Chris,
Just to allay any doubts you may have - you should get away with carrying no cooking gear. I initially hauled cooking gear for a LE-JOG but very soon realised that it wasn't necessary, and in the quest for lightness happily mailed it off, just keeping a small pot and spoon.
Keep an eye on your intended route ahead and you should be able to pick up some form of cold food that doesn't require cooking to see you through the odd day where you may be unable to 'belly up' to a trough! smile
You're probably aware of this, but it's well to remember that pubs that display 'food served all day' don't necessarily do and it helps to arrange passage past any remote pub to coincide with 'meal hours' when possible. (as I hungrily discovered on a recent walk!)
Cheers,
George

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#406250 - 14/02/14 02:10 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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George,
Thanks for the advice. Yes, I thought there will be some days for kendle mint and crisps only! A pound here or there weight loss will be good anyway. Your comment confirms it for me , no cooking gear. I figure I will be up and away early and will not miss the typical B&B British breakfast. Never feel very hungry during 20+ miles per days. I am normally much of an apple eater but really enjoy eating them on hikes. Will tuck in for a pub meal where ever possible before resting for the night.

Can your book be ordered through Amazon.com? I'd be very interested to read it. If you were hiking through my neck of the woods it would be 'Dancing with Moose'.

My wife and I loved NZ when we visited. Stayed with a friend close to Tasman National Park. Attended a wedding on a sheep farm about 100 miles from Queenstown. My favourite place was Christchurch. Sad to know their beautiful square and Cathedral were devastated. As a runner one of my all time heroes.... Murray Halberg. What a graet and gutsy run he did to win the 5K in Rome. With no speed and a withered arm he beat the world's best by pure guts and a brilliant strategy.

Thanks again for your response. Cheers, Chris.

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#406251 - 14/02/14 11:28 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Chris,
Glad to hear you enjoyed your time in NZ. ChCh really had its 'heart' ripped out with that earthquake. At the time of the main quake I was sitting in traffic in Oamaru about 300km south of ChCh and felt the jolt of it even there. Recovery seems slow, but it is happening and I guess the silver lining if any, is that there must be a load of jobs about stemming from reconstruction. Yes, Murray Halberg was quite a man in his running days. I think he's still alive and kicking. He was coached by another NZ'r, Arthur Lydiard. Lydiard's modus operandi for training was to run up sandhills - tough but certainly produced results!
I see you are located in St.John's Newfoundland. I spent some time in a hospital there (Grace Hospital) as a young seaman, after I fell down the hold in rough seas in transit across the North Atlantic to Montreal. Fond memories despite the circumstances... of a certain nurse in particular. Was also taken by the kindness of locals visiting their kin who also brought me stuff when they found out I was a stranger.
Re' the book. Yes, can be ordered in paperback or ebook either directly from the publishers Lulu.com or from Amazon.com.
Good luck on your hike - I've enjoyed the hiking I've done in the UK. Maybe less remote than some places, but the sense of history (tangible and otherwise) and the varied dialects make for an interesting enjoyable experience.
Cheers,
George
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#406252 - 15/02/14 10:12 AM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Geo]
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George,
What a small world it is. My daughter, Stephanie, was born at the Grace. Sadly it was torn down just a few years ago. I am glad you received kindness on the Rock. Newfoundlanders are well known for their friendliness and helping hand. Until the oil was found on the Grand Banks and other shelves we were the poor cousins in the country. We only joined Canada in 1949 by less than 3,000 votes and the big selling point was the availability of a baby bonus and unemployment benefits. Yet through all those years we give more to charity per capita than any other Province. Newfoundland became the receiving place for 9/11 planes unable to land in the States. There are remarkable stories of welcoming homes and communities to stranded passangers. Many of those in the States have become fast friends and regular returnees to the Rock.

I believe Murray Halberg has an award to his name for NZ most outstanding athlete for each year. Lydiard was a great coach! He matched Percy Cerruti in Oz with his great athlete, Herb Elliott. Lydiard also trained Peter Snell. What an amazing athlete he was. The first to combine Olympic gold in the 800/1500! While talking NZ sport, I met in Nottingham during successive summers Richard Hadley (Sir). He would go to the Bell Inn in Nottingham, my father's drinking hole, and I had several chats with him. Very easy guy to talk to. He and Clive Rice brought a lot of silverware for Notts CCC.

You live in a great country, brother. I will order your book and look forward to reading it. Best wishes, Chris.

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#406256 - 23/02/14 08:57 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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I have just come across this website of the Scottish National Trail which I didn't know existed. Whilst it doesn't start from JOG it may be useful for the later parts to Kirk Yetholm although I expect that you already have the walk well planned.

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/scottish-national-trail.shtml

Only 2 months to go!
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#406268 - 14/03/14 12:07 AM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Hi Chris try to time passing through Byrness when you need a campsite and you can camp at the back of our Inn for free for the price of a meal (shower included)probably see you early summer. Joyce
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#406274 - 18/03/14 10:02 AM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Harland,
Thanks for the walking highlands site. I see it veers off my intended route a little bit near the end of the WHW but the route to Kirk Yetholm is very useful.

Sorry I have not communicated for a couple of weeks. We were away visiting daughter and grand kids in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Just a little jaunt in the country I have lived in for 44 years but they live almost twice the distance from us in Newfoundland as to my mother in Retford, Notts. However, I am less than five weeks away from experiencing first hand how long the length of the UK is. I am noting that there appears to be Spring like weather encroaching. I hope it takes hold! I am expecting cold, windy and rainy conditions and anything less than that will be a bonus. I will sart from JOG on April 21 and hope to see you in Kirk Yetholm. I will take it cautiously and the overall objective is to finish not to get to LE by a target date. I was hoping to do it in 60 days but I am not targeting that now. My wife and I are going on the Marco Polo cruise ship from Tilbury around the British Isles in early September and so it will be nice symmetry if I can complete a north-south and circumnavigation.

Cheers, best wishes for your PW preparations. Hope I meet others reading this site on the PW and other trails. Chris.

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#406275 - 18/03/14 10:11 AM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Joyce,
Thanks for the kind offer. I will take you up on that. A pitch and shower for the cost of a hot meal at Forest View Walker's Inn is a good deal. I'll ensure Byrness will be one of my overnight stops. I haven't worked out my PW sched yet but will do so shortly. I'm a bit nervous about completing the whole 1200 miles but know it procedes one step at a time.

Cheers, Chris.

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#406296 - 03/04/14 08:30 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Harland,
Just thought you might want to google a utube posted yesterday in St. John's which as gone viral. It is called "Jumping Jesus".

It shows the adult son of a mother in town trying to get out of the front door which is blocked with snow which fell this Monday/Tuesday, March 31/April 1. The phrase Jumping Jesus is an old Newfoundland saying. It is not meant to be an offensive comment.

Still cannot open my back door due to humongous snow drifts and
the front has a narrow pathway to the driveway. Couldn't get the snow blower to it. Hoping for no or little snow as I leave from JOG to Wick and the rest of the End2End on April 21. Wishful thinking? I've had enough of it this winter this side of the Pond.

Cheers, Chris.

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#406297 - 03/04/14 08:41 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Looks like a bit more snow than I get at home, haven't even needed to use my snow shovel this year. I bet you couldn't even get a snow blower here!

Trust it hasn't stopped you doing your daily run, if you can't do it outside then just keep running around the room but change direction every 10 laps or so! No doubt you are wishing the days away so that you can finally get going, I know that I am.
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#406299 - 04/04/14 06:17 AM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Hi Chris,

Years ago I used to post on this forum as "Ken in Boston" but since 2006 my wife and I have been living just outside Vancouver, BC. It is good to see you posting--for my part I haven't posted on or even visited the forum in months and just happened to check lightweightmick's C2C thread "That 5 Day attempt..." tonight.

The walk you have planned sounds like the adventure of a lifetime. It is great that you can take an easier pace and not push too hard, particularly at the beginning. Have a great walk and I do hope you'll let us know about it when you finish. (I should talk--I'm still working on a blog of a long walk we did across southern England last summer!) Anyway, all the best and here's wishing you walker's blessings, i.e., no blisters!

Ken

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#406300 - 04/04/14 01:51 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Ken,
I remember you as "Ken from Boston".I also recall you had Canadian roots either by birth or choice, or both!

Thanks for the encouragement. I am ageing a bit nowadays so know this attempt is likely now or never. I have not met lightweightmick but he lives just across the county line in Derbyshire not too far from Retford where my mother lives. He ia an amazing athlete and can run through the night on the C2C. I have run the Lyke Wake race (Osmotherley to Ravenscar) which is 43 miles long but that pushed me to my limit. LWM would keep on going!

Looks like the Canucks will not make the playoffs and a shake up is about to happen with management. It has been a very rough winter on the East Coast and throughout the country. Hope you guys in the West were spared somewhat.

Great to talk to you again. Cheers, Chris.

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#406304 - 06/04/14 07:12 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Well one week to go before you arrive "home", the weather forecast doesn't look too bad unless you want some more snow.

UK Outlook for Friday 11 Apr 2014 to Sunday 20 Apr 2014:

Early rain will clear southern areas on Friday to leave a drier day with sunny spells and showers and staying breezy in the north with further rain later. This will move southwards through Saturday, weakening as it does so. Brighter, showery weather will follow to the north with rain clearing all areas on Sunday morning with sunny spells, showers and cooler temperatures following. By Monday, it turns drier and sunnier across southern areas, with rain and stronger winds in the north. Temperatures will be mostly near normal but rather warm in the south, although local frost is still possible. Thereafter, a north/south split in the weather looks likely, with southern areas enjoying the driest conditions with wetter and windier periods in the north.

UK Outlook for Monday 21 Apr 2014 to Monday 5 May 2014:

High pressure should retain a good deal of influence across the UK, with plenty of dry, and at times sunny weather, although the north and west may see spells of rain at times. Amounts of rainfall should generally be below average for many places too. By day, temperatures are likely to often be near or above average, so conditions are likely to feel quite pleasant in the sunshine. Nights, meanwhile, may be chilly with a touch of ground frost possible
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#406305 - 07/04/14 09:16 AM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Harland,
Thanks for this! Doesn't sound too bad temp wise. I am still expecting lots of rain and wind. My sleeping bag is Canadian and I should be toasty at night....just getting out of the tent and folding it up in heavy rain will be fun!

We actually had rain yesterday, the first time I recall since well before Christmas. It took a slight dent out of the massive snow banks we have at the moment but it is going to take several weeks to get rid of it all. The sea ice around the Island is as heavy as in recent memory. No ferries can operate. Once it loosens up a bit the seals will drift in along with the occasional polar bear. A polar bear was injured by a snow plow in St. Anthony on our Northern Peninsular last week. We have had polar bears in Quidi Vidi village which is essentially in St. John's itself.

Looking forward to seeing some daffodils and primroses in my mother's garden before the train ride up to Wick. Will not arrive in Wick until 10:15pm and will camp there two nights. I'll take the local bus from there to JOG on the 21st and start the trek. The first 100 miles or so are familiar and hope to start the Great Glen Way before the end of April.... still hoping to meet up with you at Kirk Yetholm.

Cheers, Chris.

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#406319 - 11/04/14 09:03 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Harland,
Flying via Montreal tomorrow. Our snow is starting to dissipate but there is still huge amounts of it around. Assume there will be none in London on Sunday morning! ooking forward to seeing the conclusion on the marathon near Birdcage Walk.

Singing tenor with the Newfoundland Philharmonic Choir tonight at the St. John's. Basilica. Singin a Bach Oratorio. Et Terra Pax Vivaldi, Zadok the priest by Handel, Mendelssohn's Elijah", we finish with bannedperson "Wie Lieblich" from his Requiem.

The walk will be a much more daunting task but we will have several hundred attending the concert tonight and so the timing of it has put some of my walk prep on hold. Best wishes for your PW walk. Again hope to meet up with you at Kirk Yetholm.

Cheers, Chris.

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#406320 - 12/04/14 10:27 AM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Weather looks good:-

UK Outlook for Saturday 26 Apr 2014 to Saturday 10 May 2014:

Overall, there are no strong signals for any particular weather type to dominate during late April and into early May. This leaves conditions more likely than not to be mixed with periods of largely fine and dry weather interspersed with occasional more unsettled spells with showers or outbreaks of rain. By day, temperatures are likely to often be near or a little below average, but still feeling pleasant in the sunshine when winds are light. Nights, meanwhile, may be chilly at times with a touch of frost possible.

Good luck, don't push too hard at the start you can always make up time when your body has got used to being abused!
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#406327 - 15/04/14 10:52 AM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Harland,
Arrived on Sunday. Went to Buckingham Palace to see the finish of the marathon. It felt really warm. Mo was struggling at the end.
Picked up a hum dinger of a cold starting Saturday morning, thank goodness hours after singing in the Basilica. Feeling pretty miserable but the timing is :OK: since I should be feeling much better by travelling to Wick on Monday. Hope so.
I note the weather is very pleasant here in Retford.

Yes, I will go much slower this time down the A9. I have a ipad and hope to get a signal to post my progress. Still hoping we can meet on the PW. Cheers, Chris.

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#406328 - 15/04/14 08:56 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Just over 3 weeks before I start, I am really looking forward to it. Let's hope that we manage to meet somewhere during my walk, if not then perhaps I can catch you on the way through Yorkshire.
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#406329 - 16/04/14 09:42 AM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Harland,
Sounds like a good plan, brother.

If I am not at KY by the time you are I hope to post progress through the PW. Would enjoy meeting up with you. I think I may follow your stages in reverse. Where is Harrogate closet to on the PW? I think I would be half way at least from KY.

Still feeling knocked out by a sudden heavy cold but at least the nose has stopped dripping but I am very chesty. Info you didn't need to know But we "finely tuned athletes" monitor every ache!!

I believe I may be starting in rain for a few days but hope the longer forecast is upbeat.

Cheers, Chris.

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#406331 - 16/04/14 01:40 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Gargrave & Malham are probably the closest but when I know your rough itinery closer to the time we could work something out. E.G. I could park at Gargrave and walk toward Malham and then walk back with you.
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#406332 - 17/04/14 10:51 AM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Sounds good. I am purchasing a phone today and so will send the number to you. I think Malham is over half way so if I do not see you in KY I shall look forward to our "Livingstone-Stanley" meeting later on the PW!

Going for an extended walk with full pack tomorrow along the Chesterfield Canal which is four minutes from my mother's house.

Cheers for all your prep as well.

Chris.

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#406333 - 17/04/14 11:35 AM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Good luck with the epic walk Chris, what an adventure. Not sure what its like in Scotland but the south is basking in wonderful Spring weather right now.
All the best
Les

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#406337 - 19/04/14 10:22 AM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Les,
Thanks for your response.

I'm a bit nervous but hoping to be successful one step at a time. Enjoying a week of English Spring after a dreadful Canadian winter where we in Newfoundland saw 23.5 foot of accumulated snow. Don't mind seeing it in the Highlands at a distance!

Cheers, Chris.

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#406338 - 19/04/14 09:37 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Good luck for tomorrow, one foot in front of the other - only about 2-3 million steps to go!
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#406694 - 14/12/14 02:32 AM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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Does anyone know if Chris ever finished his End2End walk? Haven't looked into the forum for months and was curious...

Ken

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#406695 - 14/12/14 09:35 AM Re: End2End Walk [Re: K]
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Does anyone know if Chris ever finished his End2End walk? Haven't looked into the forum for months and was curious...

Ken

No, he hurt his leg before he started so he has had to leave it for another time.
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#406699 - 15/12/14 09:01 PM Re: End2End Walk [Re: Chris Wright]
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I hadnt picked up on that, what a shame, but as you say theres always another time !

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