Well we are now a week in to this journey and in surprisingly good shape. The joints only really ache in bed when they can quite painful. Once one gets going all is fine. No blisters and the knee which was originally a bit of a worry is holding up well. Let’s hope I am not speaking too soon but at least I am spared the ultimate embarrassment of falling at the first fence as we have now covered the first of ‘15’ hundreds! i.e 100 miles.
Today we head out from Tring and along the Ridgeway to somewhere south of Chinor. Since I last wrote from Ely we made Granchester on the Saturday staying very comfortably with Richard and Helen Pemberton and Easter Day we spent with Richard navigating us brilliantly around Royston to Clothall near Baldock. His skills were much missed the following day when we tried to find our way out of Baldock. Interestingly we spent so much time trying to do so that I was able to count 8 barber shops in the High St. Little wonder or perhaps surprising that it is called Bald ..ock!
Heading through the conurbations of Letchworth, around Luton and Dunstable we have had to walk along some unpleasant stretches of road leaping in to verges to avoid thundering lorries and white van men . All verges and hedgerows are covered mile after mile in piles of litter,. At one point I was nearly physically sick at the sight of it. It is utterly shameful and it is by no means confined to the big towns as we have seen it all the way along the route. We were supposed to be following the Icknield way but it is not easy either being poorly marked or exceedingly muddy.
We spent Monday night in Luton with Vinod and Jamaina Tailor and their lovely family. Vinod is just about to end his Shrievalty year in Bedfordshire. Their son had brewed his first barrel of beer which was delicious as was the curry he had prepared. Tom and I slept ‘cosily’ in the same bed as had slept the Dalai Lama!
At the moment we are with Adrian and Mary Rose Cole and after two huge whiskies and some delicious red wine and a sumptuous dinner and in separate rooms I have slept very well!
We have been blessed with little or no rain, thanks to Bishop Stephen’s prayers, and friends’ wonderful hospitality. Meanwhile ‘back at the ranch’ Chrissy Lloyd Owen, Anna Kasket, Shelley Corfield have been managing the web site, the social media out put and plotting where I have been. Huge thanks to them for their generosity. Will you give them ‘a lick’ from me when you see them, Humphrey ?
i hear you have not been so well yourself. Your Mistress tells me you must have found something pretty horrible to eat. Do be careful what you pick up.
Enough for now. Onwards down the Ridgeway which we are hoping will be more scenic and drier under foot. Wishful thinking as far as the latter is concerned I fear.
Lots of love
Your friend and master.