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Friday, 25 June 2010

Day 14 - Market Rasen to Barnetbt le Wold

First a little anecdote from last night.

I had eaten my main course, and as a regular custom decided to do the washing up before I had my fruit salad and coffee, this being the treat for doing the dishes. I put water on to heat for washing up, then turned the stove off. Next I managed to drop my only gas cigarette lighter into the wAter - it was looking bleak for coffee. A bit of an anti climax, but I went and borrowed some matches from one of the caravans. Next morning the lighter was functioning ok.
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This was going to be a long day. I was off by 7.00am.

Arriving at the village of Claxby I ascended the first hills on this trip. These are The Wolds and at about 600ft there is a road running along the top. The views to the north and west are great: Lincoln Cathedral, Brigg Power station, and, I was told "on a clear day", which it was, the Derbyshire hills. I had met an elderly gent up there who walked half a mile each way from his car combatting his bad knees. I met him at his turning point and we walked back slowly to his car whilst he pointed out all the landmarks to me. There is a radar ball on the top, and he said jets and military helicopters approach from the plain and pull up over the ridge of The Wold at the last minute, I suppose to see how near they can get without being detected. He said a lady horse rider had been killed when her horse bolted as a result of that activity.

Descending into Caister I found The Tea Cosy where I had a bacon butty, a very large pot of tea with hot water, and some Swiss Roll - it was heaven. I then shopped for two day's meals not being sure what I am going to encounter before and after the Humber crossing. I continued with a heavy rucksack through mixed agricultural and ordinary footpaths. At one stage I had to stop for about twenty minutes to rid my socks of all the embedded grass seeds of many different species.

At My destination the pub that had been recommended by some cyclists I met was full of contractors again. I have found The Holcombe Guest House where I have been given an annexe, but what is actually a house in it's own right on the other side of the road , and I have it to myself. There is a full kitchen including washing machine and tumble dryer which I am using, yipee! This Is all for £32.50 including breakfast.

I'm off to the full pub to eat (if they have room).


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4 comments:

Gayle said...

Sounds like a good day!

I have also been known to drop the cigarette lighter in water, or otherwise get it damp. Fortunately, we have two (one in the cook kit, one in the toilet kit), so can usually use the one to dry out the other. Only once have both been wet (one went in each trouser pocket until one had dried enough).

Sir Hugh said...

Gayle - I will certainly make sure I have two in future. I did have two when I set off to France but I think one got left in a gite d'etape somewhere in The Languedoc.

gimmer said...

failing that and drying matches in one's hair, there is always the old old stand-by, don't forget - or rather both of them !

Sir Hugh said...

Gimmer - I don't remember being taught how to make fire without matches etc. when we were in The Scouts. All I do remember is only being allowed to use one match.