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North of England
English West Country
Friday, April 18, 2008
Stockland Bristol, Somerset
Cum miles: 793.2
Percent complete: 81.7
With friends, John and Alison Gilbert
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Rest days aren't about hiking. Usually.
But today I gave a talk about my hikes to the Bridgwater U3A's walking section. And fixed my hiking gear, with John and Alison's help. My hiking pole needed a squeeze in a vise. My backpack's frame had worn through the sleeves that support its ends. You could see the frame's metal rods poking out of the bottom of the pack. Alison stitched them back in. I think that both will last the rest of the hike.
The Bridgwater walkers were a delightful group. Beryl and Tony Griffiths were end-to-enders themselves, while Dave Penberthy had walked extensively in Europe, including Spain. They contributed a lot to the morning. The group as a whole chatted happily about the high-points of hiking - things like blisters, sore knees and ankles, rain, gear problems, and even muggings. I was pleased to meet Yvonne Haggett, who had advised me not to try a river crossing at Combwich on my northbound route.
It was another "slow photography" day, so I hope you're interested in a few more pics from my Benches of Britain series, in addition to those on days S25, S41, and S62.
After a nice pub lunch (I am starting to feel so English), I took an afternoon nap. Alison had done my laundry, and my gear was fixed. I'd written yesterday's journal.
Why take an afternoon nap? Because I could.
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