Everyone seemed well refreshed at breakfast, which The Fleece had graciously arranged early for us. We grabbed our lunch from Gregg’s on the way through town and were soon heading out of Richmond. We chose to follow the old railway line out from the station which was a fantastic walk. The trail changed to a narrow path meandering through fields of various crops. This included crossing under the A1(M) which follows the path of the main North-South Roman Road, and symbolized the start of our final third of this adventure. We were making great progress, but I was sensing a combination of fatigue and pain in the team. We arrived at St. Mary’s Church in Bolton-on-Swale, where visitors were welcomed inside with drinks, and the essential toilet! This also allowed a close examination of Tracy’s feet which revealed a fresh large blister from her new shoes. Trying new shoes on a long hike without any wearing-in was always going to be a risk, and unfortunately this one did not pay off. Dean called it and they got a taxi to Danby Wiske, getting us checked in early, for which we were all thankful. The rest of us initially felt refreshed after the break, but the road walking got old, and started triggering more blisters! There were tons of little black gnats that came out of nowhere. At Streetlam, there is a path to Danby Wiske that is a bit shorter than the road, but it was very overgrown in parts, which made it difficult to avoid the stinging nettles and thistles when wearing shorts. When on the road, we were frequently passed by cyclists who were cycling their 150-mile C2C in a day from Seascale to Whitby. On our arrival at Danby Wiske, Dean helped us to our rooms, and I took Bailey and Samuel to an honesty “tuck shop” at the campsite which was a 2-minute walk away, where we enjoyed ice cream and sodas. It was next to an 11th century church, but this was not high on the interest list! We finished the day with a fine dinner in the pub, hoping the rooms would cool down sufficiently to allow sleep! We hiked the 13.4 miles in less than 6 hours, so perhaps we had hiked too fast for the heat.
Yesterday, when I was having my haircut, I was asked why I am doing this walk, and I have been pondering on that question since. I don’t have a simple answer. I must admit that today was not our favourite day. The easier walking was balanced with less scenery. While the farmland was at times interesting, it was also very smelly! Having to walk 12+ miles each day for 2-3 weeks gets old. Even Samuel is saying that 10 days is probably enough, similar to a conclusion we came to when we hiked Colorado last summer. However, this is where we are right now, with 5 days left, so we will soldier on as best as we can. It is causing Janet and I to think about what might be next. We had thought about a much longer walk of the length of Britain, but we are thinking that might not be for us. I’m starting to think that doing the C2C was something we had to do to get out of our system, but I don’t see us doing similar or longer walks in the future. At least, that is how I feel right now! I just hope we haven’t made Dean and Tracy never want hike again in their life 😎.
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