It’s the unknown, of course. I have never planned a route so carefully, or paid more meticulous attention to my gear, and all that was done in a state of high excitement. But now it really is upon me! I am expecting to cover an average of 20km (12 mi) per day for 15 walking days. There will be a number of days when the average distance is well in excess of this. It feels a little like the Great Glen Way, which was really demanding and that was after three months of daily walking!! Also, all the coastal paths involve lots of cliffs with many ups and downs. Why do I do this to myself?
I have been fairly energetic in my training programme in preparation for the walk, so it’s not as if I am starting from scratch. But then again, the gentle rolling hills of Surrey are hardly the same as the wild cliffs of Wales. Anyway, enough complaining! Just get on with it!
Those familiar with these blogs will remember that I have a tedious habit of focussing on the technology of their delivery, and of course in the world of the cloud and tablets, I have been researching furiously to see whether I could find an easier (and lighter) way of getting the job done. In short, the answer is no! To upload my photos, I need an SD card slot and to upload my GPS tracks, I need a USB connection. I tested Wordpress versus Blogger, but found the handling of photos easier on Blogger, even if commenting was more difficult. So, I’m afraid I will be using precisely the same equipment as I used on my Land’s End to John O’Groats walk. So much for progress!
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There, now that I’ve gotten all that off my chest, I’m feeling better. Obviously, I’m more comfortable with technology than with walking….. (Why on earth am I doing this???). Now I'm off to find the New Inn, the official start of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, and to sink a pint of the finest Welsh bitter as a consolation!
The little train to Amroth. I had to tell the driver to stop at Kilgetty, so I could get off. Such a wonderful change of gears from the city!