Per Slugger's request, I'm bragging about the fact that my 13 year old daughter (Lauren)and I just returned from our first attempt at the C2C. We did it!!!
I wish I could put into words what the experience meant to us both and what it did for us both. We began our amazing adventure on June 10th and planned to reach RHB on June 29th but guess what? We actually arrived a day early! We capitalized on that by hopping a bus to Whitby the next day and exploring the Abbey, buying some souvenirs and raising a pint to our victory. (Well, Lauren's pint was full of chocolate milk but it still counts.)
The C2C gods were watching over us because we didn't suffer from blisters. At all. We applied Compeed the first couple of days in anticipation but they never materialized. I know that's unusual, especially when you consider that my daughter (Lauren) put less than 15 miles on her boots before we left!
We did it! It's an amazing feeling of accomplishment. This is our first walk of any kind and we went without a proper map. We had a GPS but it really wasn't useful and I ended up using it as a paper weight. We used the Trailblazer guidebook with hand drawn pictures and a compass. Again, the C2C gods really looked out for us.
I've been keeping a blog since before we left if anyone is interested:www.walkmyfatass.blogspot.com
I can truly say that aside from giving birth to my two children, the C2C is the most rewarding and amazing thing I've ever done!
Now I'm planning the Next Big Thing....