Weather: 🌤 then ☁️🌫
Feeling Today: 😖👣
So Far: 1,015.79 miles, 331:12 hours
Why would you expect the severity of the walking on the SWCP to change overnight at an arbitrary end/start point?! The stretch today was pretty much as challenging as yesterday’s. I’ve been telling people for years that Hartland Quay to Bude is the toughest stretch but I think I’ll now revise that to Hartland Quay to Boscastle. Fortunately a fresh breeze and a sea mist (or haar?) in the afternoon moderated the strength and heat of the sun and that helped.
My feet have been functioning well for several weeks – a couple of months really – but in the last 48 hours my small toes on the right foot have been painful. This must stem from all the climbing (and worse, the descents). It started with a blister on my fourth toe (‘the little piggy that had none’) but there’s now one on the bottom of the smallest toe that’s very hard to cover or strap. My socks and boots are disintegrating but will get me to the finish.
We left Bude in bright sunshine, waterproofs consigned to the bottom of the bag again, but by the beach at Widemouth a slight haze was in the air. There were more walkers about today.
By Crackington Haven (with 870 metres of ascent by lunchtime), the mist was blowing in off the sea and we missed the best of the views as we approached Boscastle. It was getting on as we arrived and we had to give the Museum of Witchcraft a miss ….
It was a day of milestones: Darren and I took a rest on this bench which marks 500 miles from the start of the SWCP at Poole. I also passed through my MILEnnium and now have a last week to go. I’m getting weary and I think this wolfhound knows how I feel:
Out of the blue, a neat wood pile at Crackington Haven. Agnetha seems a long time ago …
Thank you for your comments which support, encourage and amuse me. As long as GCHQ hasn’t closed the blog down beforehand, you’ve only one more week of my meandering ramblings. Stick with it!