Yesterday's post was a disaster. Too tired. Too late.
Today has been the best so far - perfect weather after initial drizzle. A coffee shop at the right time in Brewood (Brood) with coffee to die for, items of interest occurring at regular intervals, and the knowledge that I can be picked up again at any point I decide to stop. Yes, Mick and Gayle have a offered me another night and related chauffeuring so I am now awaiting pick up at my destination.
A big advantage of the last few days: the ability to "flatpack". That is a word M and G picked up on their Pacific Trail meaning that you can just carry day items in your rucksack because you will be returning to your start point at the end of the day. I love the American language - they also talk about "doing a zero" ( rest day), a Nero (short day), and a Flip Flop (getting dropped off at the far point and walking back).
My famous Mountain Warehouse trail shoes have now done about 300 miles and they are wearing down to the innards of the welt at the heel - don't know if they will last - could have bought some Hi-Tec fabric waterproof boots in Albrighton for £50 but thought better - yes, they have a shoe shop there!
After being picked up M and G drove me to Go Outdoors in Wolverhampton where I bought new shoes, and we then went off to dine.
Earlier in the day I was a bit frustrated about my number of faffs so put off investigating an itchy scalp for a while. When I removed my hat I found an earwig crawling around inside. After shaking him out I pondered on his journey - it was probably like being kidnapped in the UK by plane and parachuted out over South America.
A bit further on I was passing a cottage on a quiet country lane and chatted to The lady in the garden. Yes, Mick and Gayle, I was invited in for coffee and a very pleasant chat. Thanks Margaret - it was great to meet and hear about your positive attitude.
How many breakfasts could a B and B get from this mushroom?
This is what horsey people make horses do. There was about half a mile of intermittent quagmires like this. I don't know much about horses but I imagine they don't enjoy this sort of thing
How do you like your Virginia Creeper?
This is apparently top of the class in tractors. I spoke to the driver. It is self steering as well as having other computerised attributes - £1000,000 plus
STILE COUNT - I lost count yesterday - not sure if it's 98 or 102
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