Day 88 - A much appreciated rest day

Trip Start Jun 12, 2010
Trip End Nov 18, 2010

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

We wake up after a good sleep at 6 am and then enjoy the luxury of a long lie in, finally going down for breakfast at 9.10. Somehow today's lie in seemed a real treat, a real restorative event.  After a reasonable breakfast we come out to blog and attend to a few of the chores which accompany long distance walking.  We find an internet café, but decide why pay £3.50 an hour to use a computer when directly opposite is the library where you can spend 3 or 4 hours on the internet completely free.  Once again, spending time with the blog is like sitting down with a good friend.  To log in and find we have had nearly 8,000 hits on our blog is a lovely reminder that we are staying connected with many of our friends around the world.  We marvel at the fact when we post an update it is not uncommon to have 300 hits in a day.  We don’t know who you all are, we know we’ve lost some of the B team, but we hope for those of you who are tuning in that you get as much enjoyment reading our blog as we do writing it. 

Nothing else needs to be said particularly other than today’s rain arrived in the early afternoon and was quite light compared to the rain we’ve had every other day since we’ve been in Wales. Tonight we have booked in to what is meant to be a gastronomic experience at the Corn Mill.  The dining room is directly over the raging River Dee and with Spitting Feathers Bitter to accompany the meal, we are confident of an enjoyable end to a pleasant rest day.

Just to keep the blog fully briefed, the dinner we had at the Corn Mill lived up to everything we hoped it would.  We had the best table for two sitting in the conservatory directly overlooking the River Dee which was still raging.  Keith drank the Spitting Feathers Thirst Quencher bitter which he has decided is possible the best bitter in Britain.  Out meals were terrific and very flavoursome, from the goats cheese and mushroom tart which we shared as a starter to Debby's vegetable and chick pea curry.  However, Keith's meal was the piece de la resistance!  He rates the pork belly the best he has had and accompanied by lightly spiced red cabbage, dauphinoise potatoes and spring vegetables.  He was in seventh heaven. 

All in all it was a lovely evening as we reflected on our adventure so far and the learnings we have accumulated.Not surprisingly we find all our major discoveries are not historical or geographical or indeed anything to do with the places we pass through.  They are all about ourselves. 
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haiku on

you breathe you live
you rest you replenish
take care of the mind

Morag on

I wonder how many of those hits are mine? Sounds like the rain in Wales is like the rain I remember in the West of Scotland, warmer in summer. lighter some days, but pretty much alwys expected!

diana on

I'm not surprised you have so many hits!!!! The blog is compelling and such a wonderful way to stay in touch with absent friends.....hope the Corn Mill was the much aniticpated gastronomic experience you need......much love to you both D & G

Greg K on

The B Team is still with you Keith, slip streaming you as always. It's just that we get behind sometimes and need a bit of time to surge and catch up. Water temp was 10.9C this morning and air temp about 6C. Water very turbid and choppy. Swam with Ian Buchanan. Hopefully by the time you return spring will have arrived. It's still winter here but with more daylight. Presume your days are getting noticeably shorter. Will you walk in the dark like you swim in the dark?

hellbergers on

The B Team in BANFFFFFFFFF is with you Keith.

hellbergers on

Leigh Betts says Leigh Betts

Glenice on

Oh Deb, we do love to read of your adventures.
Some of the scenery stunning and the livestock invariably look fat and healthy and pretty friendly. You can obviously get close to them, perhaps used to ramblers.
Have just been up to Mum's and it is so green and lush up there it is really uplifting. Lots of birds about. You haven't mentioned birdlife much, do you see lots of various birds? I do recall see Di with the ducks of course.
Hope you have less rain in the coming weeks.

Take care G & D

grumpy on

well, not always. Today there is no quote, standing here in the bookshop and thinking of you keith, as there is lots of reading, you will just have to do. Perhaps you will take the less travelled road, bearing in mind , wherever you go, there you are...
The daily comings and goings in Ormond road, remain just that... comings and goings. A new display table arrived for the ever burgoning arrivals.
what are you reading on your rest days? does it still rain? what is the next adventure?

Kay Jackson on

Thought of you a lot this week as we were walking the southern half of the West Highland Way which must be fairly dim in your memory by now. We were lucky, as, apart from an initial drenching, we had dry weather and an enjoyable time.
I should have said when I met you that I was worried that you hadn't booked accommodation for your current stretch as I thought there might be problems.
Glad that you are sorting that out now and that you seem to be feeling less exhausted.
Spoke to Ria and David, friends of Morag in Perth, this morning.

David S on

K&D had hope to come down and see you but it was all a bit difficult , ended up in Dover seeing siye of other iveberger champions , most recent writing on the wall of whitehorse pub shows richard payne as oldest australia crossing. whilst in france I swam from england to france but that was during the 100 war when to swim the dordognia river was enough. All the best to you both , I will start swimming again this weekend. J&D

Jan Dalton on

Glad you are feeling better. Good for all of us to have a reminder that we shouldn't rush, but enjoy the moments.

Row on

It appears, like the seasoned marathoners you are now, you hit the wall, but managed to crash through it with an epic sense of achievement - so proud of you both. Hope the gastonomic experience was just that! All my love always xxxx

clifford on

time to get up off the couch and get a move along, enough eating , walk man walk....

John and Jane O on

Still the best read of the week bar none. Looking for the book to be extended to a video or series on TV " Ask the Badgers".

Ian and Bobbie on

Great to hear from you both. You are doing very well! Grand Final was a true thriller. Another week of the footy season to look forward to. All well here excpt for the weather, no spring yet and it is nearly October.
Continue to enjoy and we look forward to further updates. Cheers from us both.

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