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Doddy

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Re: American walking the C2C
« Reply #105 on: 12:11:43, 27/03/18 »


Ach, they were too shiny, moss is better in extremis.
In one of my ultralight hiking books a smooth stone is suggested which you throw into the distance.

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Re: American walking the C2C
« Reply #106 on: 12:33:58, 27/03/18 »
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Re: American walking the C2C
« Reply #107 on: 12:59:58, 30/08/18 »
HI Kathy I expect you will be setting off to cross the pond soon.
Hope you're full of calmness and anticipation for your trek.
You may have not that Dave aka Slogger is attempting a fast crossing, his trail is being tracked o it may interest you to have a look at his route.
Anyway hoping you enjoy your crossing which is to be done , as the Camino,  on your own way.
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KathyDahm

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Re: American walking the C2C
« Reply #108 on: 16:30:06, 18/10/18 »
Thought I'd give an update, now that I've finished walking the C2C. To be completely honest, if I had known beforehand what it would be like, I might not have gone. But since I survived it, I'm glad that I did. I found it to be a much, much harder walk than either the Camino Frances or the Portuguese Camino.  I went with a Camino friend, 10 years younger than me, and his help got me through countless difficult spots. I can handle steep climbs and descents, up to a point. It was when the steep climb was on a narrow, rocky path, and became so steep that it was hard for me to find a secure foothold that I had problems--vertigo, fear of falling, severe anxiety, etc.  On those spots my walking companion would hold my wrist and walk ahead of me, until it was slightly less steep and I could breathe again and go on my own. The other terrifying spots were when the trail was narrow and there was a drop-off on one side. That didn't happen often, but more than I expected. For those of you who aren't bothered by edges or scrambling or climbing up extremely steep paths, my fears probably sound silly, but they weren't silly for me.


But aside from that, the bogs and mud and countless stiles to climb and sheep dung to avoid and gale force winds one day and rapid streams to ford and even most of the climbs and descents--all that was difficult but, in hindsight, exciting and adventuresome. My son says that "adventure is misery recalled in comfort" and that describes a lot of the C2C for me. But the rest, the glorious views day in and day out, even in the rain, were worth any amount of misery.


I also had the misfortune to have two nasty falls in the last two days of the walk. The first was on a steep gravel hill, when my pole slipped and then my foot and I fell very hard on a knee and elbow. The second fall was on the final day, walking towards the North Sea. We came to a boardwalk and my foot caught on the edge, causing me to fall very hard on the side of my face. I had a bad cut next to my eye which was stitched the following day, as well as a mild concussion, and the aches and pains that a hard fall can give one. All the same, I was able to walk the final 6 or 7 miles along the North Sea, delighting in the view and knowledge that I was close to dipping my boots in the sea and throwing in my rock. It was a heady feeling to do that, and then to go to Wainwright's pub, sign the book, and enjoy a pint of lager. 


Oh, and since I've been home, I've found out that I suffered a fracture in one foot early on in the walk. I thought I'd pulled a ligament in the foot, but the xray revealed the fracture. I'm glad I didn't know it at the time. :)  In spite of everything, I'm so glad that I did the walk and can say that I've walked all the way across England!

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Re: American walking the C2C
« Reply #109 on: 17:07:41, 18/10/18 »
Well done on making it despite all those issues, and thanks for the update  O0
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Re: American walking the C2C
« Reply #110 on: 20:16:11, 18/10/18 »
Congratulations Kathy  O0 Well done finishing the walk despite all the injuries  :)

For those of you who aren't bothered by edges or scrambling or climbing up extremely steep paths, my fears probably sound silly, but they weren't silly for me.

You are not alone Kathy, there are a few of us on here that are not fond of steep drops.

"adventure is misery recalled in comfort"  :) Can't help but agree with this  :)
"Who would've thought...... you are light and darkness coming through" words by Tim Armstrong

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Re: American walking the C2C
« Reply #111 on: 00:37:41, 19/10/18 »
Thanks for keeping in touch. You can feel very proud of yourself given the early injury , falls and fears. You did it. Well done.
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Re: American walking the C2C
« Reply #112 on: 09:06:14, 19/10/18 »
Great to hear back from you Kathy and well done on completing the walk  O0
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Re: American walking the C2C
« Reply #113 on: 00:19:17, 20/10/18 »
Well done Kathy,


I only read your last post today and then back - tracked over the previous pages. You should be very proud of yourself, your adventure is quite inspirational.
Are you intending doing any other long distance walks or was this your last one (or perhaps better answering this after a few weeks to reflect on it)  ?
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Up there, between the sunset and the sea.  Geoffrey Winthrop Young.

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Re: American walking the C2C
« Reply #114 on: 10:18:55, 20/10/18 »
Well done, you definitely got through the mental as well as the physical challenges. The weather sounds similar to our C2C. Crossing the waterfall that was Loft Beck, tail end of hurricane that meant we walked along Ullswater instead of over Kidsty Pike in 60mph winds. Wouldn’t have missed it for the world though! Friends look at me as though I ‘m mad when they realise I actually enjoyed it.