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Apr 29, 2013 - Time for some retail therapy

Having nothing better to do, I decided to treat myself to a day of retail therapy. The weather was wavering between rain and cloudy sunshine, and to most English people that means it's a fine day to go out and explore the shops on foot. I reported to the post office first thing and waited for the doors to open (along with a lot of other people). The post office is the general place to pay bills, collect mail, pick up unemployment benefits and old age pension checks, and just about everything else you can think of. Sitting on the bench...

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Apr 28, 2013 - Colchester, Essex

It was with a heavy heart that I left Herne Bay and Kathy's warm hospitality, but I'm sure I imposed on her household long enough. I would love to invite Kathy to visit Oregon if she ever has an opportunity to come to our side of the pond in the future. My contact in Colchester let me down, so I found myself on my own for a couple of days. I had booked a Tudor-era B&B right on the High Street in the town center, but it proved disappointing in more ways than one. I didn't get the included breakfast on one day because they claimed their...

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May 6, 2009 - colchester

Travelled by car to cochester, what a night mare cars going around 150kms an hour on the m5...made really mad.....made it safely to marcies,at around 6o'clock and had speghetti for tea... fell asleep at 8pm and just died woke up at seven the next morning and went into colchester.. there we saw a Roman keep the oldest in England..a very old town... strolled around all mornig then came home to pick marcies kids up from school...that night marcies her husband sean and father inlaw bob drove us arond the english side up to lavenham very very...

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May 6, 2009 - DAY 13, the challenge is done

As I said, I've never felt so tired. It took my over an hour to eat all three courses of my dinner, every scrap, but I was so tired my digestive system was on go slow! Hence, after hearing the howling wind and rain all night, I didn't wake until 8.00. That had blown my plan of early start, nip up snowdon and a few others and be making dust by 3.30. yeah right! Armed with advice from the three men at the hostel, I headed confidentally off up the Pyg track leading onto the smaller track towards Crib Goch, except I didn't. Being so used to...

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May 5, 2009 - DAY 12

Well, after the last two days (that's today and tomorrow to you), I've realised that most of the first 11 days of my challenge were simply a walk in the park. I'm just soooo grateful that Vanessa gently persuaded me that I needed the boots specific for tough rugged stuff when we both bought a pair in the Lakes, and despite them feeling a bit hard and not comfortable. I wouldn't have survived without them. I'm also so relieved that I bought an expensive (£28 ish) pair of waterproof gloves (which incidentally didn't remain waterproof after an...

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May 4, 2009 - DAY 11

Pitter patter pitter patter, is the sound I woke up to. And rolled over and went back to sleep again.. The forecasters with their, 'heavy, relentless rain' weren't wrong. Oh well, it was to be my most easiest of days and I wasen't bothered. The tent packed into two bin liners and I just chucked everything in the car (which is now going up in my estimations having almost brought me fully around my Welsh trip)and headed off. Just had to nip round the block to another mountain range (closer to Snowdon) and do one solitary peak today. I stopped...

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May 3, 2009 - DAY 10

The lady and gent (doing b&b for over 50 years!) kindly gave us breakfast at 7.30 so that I could head off ASAP. Charlotte the long distance taxi service, dropped me at my new start (revised the whole plan once we'd ascertained she wasen't coming) and I headed onwards and upwards. Charlotte thought it looked a bit grey and overcast but to me, the weather was just fabulous, compared to most of my previous days, and I felt happy and full of drive for the monumental peaks scale that I had ahead of me. Within an hour I was at the spot that I'd...

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May 2, 2009 - DAY 9

Well I obviously should bring Steve along with me everyday. At last, I had the weather that holidays are made for, sun near enough all day (and therefore the red face to go with it!). Steve was keener than me to be off (woke at 5!!) so the pack lunches were made and what a relief, not cheese and tomato for once but lots of different things, including onion bhaji. Perfect. I'd forgotten (planning for this was weeks ago) but today was to be two very separate peaks with a drive in between. Therefore, lots of up (1,245m in total to be precise)....

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May 1, 2009 - DAY 8

I reluctantly left my bed at 6.40, was it a late work day?? No, it was the day I was anticipating walking 19 miles and goodness knows with how much vertical ascent. The chef had been primed that I'd be in at 7.30 for my breakfast so there he was with my bacon and fluffy eggs to order (I could get used to this), but by 8.15 I was on my merry way, enjoying for once, a sunny morning with clear blue skies. However, Tim, the proprietor had waved under my eyes the Snowdonia forecast which, past late morning, didn't project a happy weather...

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Apr 30, 2009 - DAY 7

Well, I'm starting to feel maybe a little of what I'd have felt if I'd done the Pole challenge. My limbs (well legs that is) were so aching last night, I couldn't get to sleep. I don't remember that feeling before but I think Heidi said hers felt like it after our South Coast Path cycle ride. They felt a bit better in the morning but fine as soon as I got walking again. Hadn't met anyone in the pub the night before who looked like they could answer the question of 'what's the best way to tackle this next mountain....?' so I asked the man...

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Apr 29, 2009 - DAY 6

IT was very hard to dragmyself out of my 5* bed with the rain pounding at my window and wind whistling down the chimney. so I didn't. I watched breakfast TV instead! By half 10 it wasn't easing and my day was running away so I packed up and cleaned up (note, Heidi, I'd assured the lady that she wouldn't even know I'd been, as a friend of mine has a self catering cottage and I'd been well versed in how to leave one after renting!). I handed over the key, reluctantly and headed upwards. Fortunately the rain gradually stopped. just as well as...

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Apr 28, 2009 - DAY 5

MAybe I should have camped after all. there was no more rain that evening and it was a gorgeous morning. The landlady was interested in my plight and gave some sponsorship money for the house building. As I hadn't intended to speak about what I was doing, unless asked, it was very inspiring that someone should be interested and sympathetic (and therefore supporting) so quickly. It seemed (again) that I was in for a dry day. The day started ever so well as I had the first text from my mum, ever, (other than one that I sent me from her phone...

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