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Charity Walk 2013

2 years ago: M.E. to Me!!

So today: 13.05.2015 I started the walk of a life time – John O’Groats to Lands End exactly 2 years ago!!

Here’s what I wrote in my blog for that day:-

Well today I woke up to brilliant sunshine and the knowledge that the day has finally arrived for me to set out on achieving a life long dream: walking from one end of this beautiful country to the other.

So I start the day at 730am and take the photos at the JOG signpost and settle to breakfast. What does a girl do when the realisation of what she is about to hits her? She cries! All through breakfast I was smiling and crying tears of pure joy. Yes, 5 years ago I wanted to opt for assisted suicide due to M.E and now I truly am living the life I love thanks to the Lightning Process. I’ve had a truly amazing day, even if it has left me with 2 cracking blisters: so what. I love them both. Lol

Now it’s time for dinner and sleep and see what tomorrow brings on the next leg of the journey. Tonight I’m in Wick: pronounced week. Tomorrow delivers another 14 miler on top of the 17.5 we’ve done today. What a lucky girl I am.

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12 months on from the JOG-LE

12 months to the day I set off on a walk from one end of this beautiful land to the other.  I didn’t know what was in store, I only knew that I would get there, whatever it takes and I did.  My aim is to share just one picture a day from my epic adventure, to relive my dream: recovery from ME to a 1000 mile walk thanks to the Lightning Process.

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Pictures from Devon and Worcestershire

Well we are getting there.  Headed into the beautiful city of Worcester and the river Severn.

 

Bridgenorth Bridgenorth in Devon is a beautiful old market town with some amazing architecture \"Headed Headed out of Bridgenorth onto the river Severn for the next part of the walk. Parts of the river walk were prettier than others. At times the path is simply the edge of a farmers field, which is not too comfortable for walking! Parts are beautiful fields and woodlands. The The Severn unfolding before me A A view of the famous steam train in all its glory puffing along Life Life drifting on along the river Samples Samples of the flora to behold Stourport Stourport Basin. A really very pretty little place Some Some interesting caves lining the path of the opposite bank of the river How\'s How\’s this for location location location?! Holt Holt lock. A sample of yet another beautiful part of the river unfolding This This house was in the village of Holt which was quite picturesque and a lovely friendly little hamlet St St Martins church, Holt, dominating the village in all its glory Some Some of the beautiful flora along the river And And yes, of course – Worcester cathedral. Sporting a one day rest here with a sample of evensong: wonderful The The river Severn in the centre of Worcester

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Pictures from Staffordshire and Shropshire

The The canal path we followed for part of the way to Alsager A A lovely old village church on the way to Market Drayton Norton Norton In Hales – Shropshire\’s best kept village. See what you think Views Views of the best kept village in Shropshire: what do you think? Norton Norton in Hales in bloom Norton Norton in Hale in bloom Some Some of the gardens were rather lovely Ternhill Ternhill guest house at Market Drayton was rather lovely with this beautiful garden \"Ternhill Ternhill Guest House

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A A pretty river on the road to Shrewsbury

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Pictures of North Yorkshire and Lancashire

Views along the road to Settle

Views along the road to Settle

The green and pleasant lands on the road to Settle

The green and pleasant lands on the road to Settle

beautiful stone walling marking out the fields on the road to settle

beautiful stone walling marking out the fields on the road to settle

Such interesting landscaping on the road into Settle

Such interesting landscaping on the road into Settle

The first sighting of Settle nestled in amongst the hills

The first sighting of Settle nestled in amongst the hills

The river Ribble winding its way through Settle

The river Ribble winding its way through Settle

Another view of the beautiful river Ribble in Settle

Another view of the beautiful river Ribble in Settle

The beautiful riverside walk among the flowers on the road to Clitheroe

The beautiful riverside walk among the flowers on the road to Clitheroe

The River Ribble marking our path to Clitheroe

The River Ribble marking our path to Clitheroe

The River Ribble continuing to mark the way to Clitheroe in all its beauty

The River Ribble continuing to mark the way to Clitheroe in all its beauty

Such a beautiful walk, slipping in and out of the wonderful River Ribble on the road to Clitheroe

Such a beautiful walk, slipping in and out of the wonderful River Ribble on the road to Clitheroe

Continuing to stay close to the River Ribble, on the way to Blackburn

Continuing to stay close to the River Ribble, on the way to Blackburn

Still following this long, beautiful and winding river to Blackburn

Still following this long, beautiful and winding river to Blackburn

Leaving the RIver Ribble the views of the countryside certainly fulfil the aim to please on the road to Wigan

Leaving the RIver Ribble the views of the countryside certainly fulfil the aim to please on the road to Wigan

Returning to open fields on the walk to Wigan was very lovely

Returning to open fields on the walk to Wigan was very lovely

Whilst walking through country lanes we came to a village called Rivington, which sported the finest set of stocks I\'ve seen outside of a museum!

Whilst walking through country lanes we came to a village called Rivington, which sported the finest set of stocks I’ve seen outside of a museum!

The River Douglas flowing out of Rivington

The River Douglas flowing out of Rivington

The Roman Road being celebrated with this line of original Colom\'s on the road to Hartford

The Roman Road being celebrated with this line of original Colom\’s on the road to Hartford

This was a lovely little resting place at Acton Bridge

This was a lovely little resting place at Acton Bridge

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Day 10: Drumnadrochit – Fort Augustus

This morning we said good bye to our wonderful hosts at the Glen Rowan Guest House and started on our 20ish miler to Fort Augustus.  Very exciting as this was the start of the off road walking on the Great Glen Way.

The weather was fair and mild and we headed off to find a short cut to save my feet a couple of miles ahead of the 30 miler tomorrow.  Job done we walked a very steep incline to join the GGW at a higher point and off we went; walking the banks of the wonderfully, beautiful and very big Loch Ness.  Steep climbs, steep decents, intermitent showers and boy what a view. We dropped down into the village of Invermmoriston where we found a lovely little shop selling hot drinks.  Most welcome, and I must have been hungry as I even had a hot sausage roll and loved it! The last 9 miles looming and Al was aware of the time ticking by and the need to get to the B&B early so he did a sneaky – these boys! he took me along the A82 to join the GGW a little further down, skipping a switchbend, and then deliberatly went the wrong way to stay on the main road!  well the little begger, he knew I was nervous of this road as we had been warned by many people how dangerous it was! still, as Al said, the end justified the means as it was at least 3 miles shorter and we did get into the B&B by 5.30ish  having completed just under 20 miles.

Once again I am blown away by my bodies ability to master everything I am throwing at it.  Blisters are almost all gone and with some careful wrapping no further damage has been done today, so I am ready for the biggy tomorrow.

Tonight we are staying in the Three Bridges which was right at the beginning of Fort Augustus, so was a very welcome sight indeed:) Now we have to walk a mile to the pub for dinner, and that’s fine.  I am so impressed with my feet and how well they are healing. The wonderful lady of the house did offer us a lift but Al assures me that we don’t need it – hmmmmm – bless him 😉 , and a packed lunch is booked in lieu of breakfast as we will be up and out by 7am.  At least 10 hours of walking tomorrow and that’s if i achieve 3 miles an hour with breaks!!!

Finally, still no emails and no time for downloading photos.  I did get some on with Mark’s help and will do some more when we have a longer stop over.  Hope you enjoy those you can now see, and meanwhile take a look at Al’s blog as he has uploaded his fine and dandy.

So toodle pip, till tomorrow.

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Pictures day 1-8 John O’Groats – Drumnadrochit

13th May 2013, about to start day 1 of the big walk

13th May 2013, about to start day 1 of the big walk

13th May 2013, just about to start the 100o mile walkies post ME!

13th May 2013, just about to start the 100o mile walkies post ME!

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Crossing the first county line!

Crossing the first county line!

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Rugby player, Joe Mbu, running LEJOG  whom we met on route

Rugby player, Joe Mbu, running LEJOG whom we met on route

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Leisurly enjoying watching the seals watching us - little did we know we had a 3 mile detour ahead!

Leisurly enjoying watching the seals watching us – little did we know we had a 3 mile detour ahead!

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The infamous uncrossable river!

The infamous uncrossable river!

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A very warm welcoming chap with a tale to tell:)

A very warm welcoming chap with a tale to tell:)

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A very warm welcoming chap with a tale to tell:)

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Day 8: Conon Bridge – Drumnadrochit

Morning all. Waited till today to update blog as I was pretty shattered last evening. We covered just under 22 miles in 8 hours including breaks. That’s my fastest so far and all in building stamina and speed for the 30 miler!

So what delights did the day bring? A quiet start with breakfast and a slow start to the walk. A new little blood blister has joined the party going on on my feet and so a stop at the local chemist for further supplies of plasters and padding was required. All patched up we marched on. Al’s increasing fitness is leaving me trailing behind and does allow him time for his infamous tea breaks; isn’t that right Helen? Hare and tortoise comes to mind. Haha. It’s all good.

We moved along the road back into stoned walls and beautiful countryside and scenery as we started to skirt the Great Glen Way. A 15% incline followed by decline was fantastic for toning my muscles, and wow! What a view!!

So finally arriving in Drumnadrochit we stepped inside the Glen Rowan Guest House to meet Alistair Ferguson whom I will be marrying very soon. His wife, Vanessa, agrees he is quite a catch 🙂 now let me tell you why I come to such a quick decision: first he makes me a lovely pot of mint tea whilst I remove my boots; then he brings chocolate cake; then he offers me a foot spa; THEN he books us a table at the local pub for dinner And gives us a lift.  Need I say more? Did I mention that he also offered to do all our washing? Mmmm quite a catch! Seriously folks, if you’re ever in this area, this is the place to stay. Amazing hospitality from 2 wonderful people.

Really exhausted by the end of the day so dinner, locally brewed ale, a wee tipple and a hobble down the road to bed. Lovely. And I even got to wear earrings, and lipstick for the first time. Hoes lovely to feel like a girl again for just a few short hours:)

 

 

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Day 6 & 7 Dornoch – Invergordon – Conon Bridge

No interenet last night, so once again doing this from memory!

Not a great day as we’re discovering that the Scottish miles are longer than ours, and what should have been a 19.5 mile walk was actually 20.5. Quite a tuffy for me as my longest so far and in a mizzly rain all the way.  Needless to say that everything was beautiful even so.

 

The teraine and scenery has changed dramatically since entering the Ross and Cromarty county.  We now have beautifully laid out fields for crops and animals, with lovely neat fencing.  No more stone walls:( and the villages are starting to look bigger, with more inhabitants.

Our Bed and Breakfast was good though we did have to go out for dinner, which with my sore feet was a further challenge.  Good old Al helped me along though 🙂 lovely dinner and an earlyish night followed by a late-ish breakfast that brought some lovely company.  2 local lads from Aylesbury area and cycling to Afica! and they were impressed by us!! Take a look at their blog www.thatbikeride.wordpress.com Lovely couple of lads raising money for the ME charity; so we had a chat and I gave them the Lightning Process information and really hope their friends decide to get in touch with a practitioner and regain their health like me :0 🙂

Then the lady of the house came over and gave us both a £5 note for our charities, and said she had Parkinsons and was totally impressed by what we were all doing and yes: I welled up again – what did you expect from me.  Human suffering of this kind really does break my heart.  I wish her well and truly hope she maintains the levels she is currently achieving with the medication she is now on.

So off to Conon Bridge with a mild and slightly foggy beginning, which opened up into a fabulously sunny and bright day.  Really impressed with my walking today as I was up to 16.5 minutes per mile! All good training for the big one coming up!!! average of 18.5 but that doesn’t include breaks.  Tomorrow we are going to time it including breaks to ensure we are fully on track.  We arrived at the Conon Bridge hotel at 4.45 to discover a welcome bath.  Rinsed out some bits and get my feet ready for the 20 miler tomorrow ahead of our rest day – woo hoo!!

The scenery today was beautiful and further changing.  We crossed the Cromarty Firth which was stunning and so much safer than I imagined -Whew.  The villages are now starting to look like small towns with Social Services offices, Libraries and sports centres!!

We have covered approximately 115 miles now and the changes have been dramatic yet constantly beautiful. All in all this has been a tiring and amazing week.  I have and still am enjoying every minute and really hope to master the pictures on our rest day.  Meanwhile Al has a spledid showing so do take a look at his blog

Dinner now and a wee tipple me thinks, so ta ra for now

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