Getting geared up
Getting geared up

  As we have spoken  about our walking  jaunts at various church  meetings or to  individuals, the  question often comes  ‘Well, how do you go  about planning these  long walks?’.

 The answer is that it is  all in the preparation. There is a lot to do before we even begin to walk, as the walking and speaking and keeping the website up to date takes a lot of energy, and there is simply not the mental space for working out the route or accommodation ‘on the hoof’ as it were. Key to the whole enterprise is the Internet. The reason for this is that we do not wish any longer to be carrying everything we need on our backs. We also do not have kindly people willing to give up weeks of their time to wait in car parks for us to arrive at some specified time. Our own car carries our main gear and we just take what we need for the day. We try to drive it to the previously planned end of the day’s walk and park it. Get public transport to the place where we ended the previous day’s walk and then walk to the car. Sometimes the bus/train times do not allow this so we have to drive to the start first and then get the bus/train back. This means we need to check out ‘Traveline’. This is a brilliant website which tells you what goes from where and at what time. The Internet also lets us book accommodation online and get in touch with any churches we need to contact.

So preparation (and lots of it) has been going on here for the last couple of months ready for the next venture of Dover to Carlisle.


One thought on “Preparation!”

  1. Dear John and Nancy

    Hello to you both. It’s Emily here – ex-secretary of the charities committee at St. Aidan’s, John’s running partner on the run for Sudan and now treasurer of the local Christian Aid branch. I came across an article about the two of you in a recent Christian Aid magazine and have been meaning to get in touch for a while. Anyway, I’ve just returned from our Christian Aid AGM and we were talking about getting a speaker for our Sunday morning service to launch Christian Aid week on Sunday May 11th. Firstly, will you be back from your very exciting sounding Dover to Carlisle expedition? Secondly, if the answer to the first question is yes, is there any chance you might come along and give a talk about all your ventures for Christian Aid? The service will be at Grewelthorpe near Ripon and we’d be delighted to have you back to our house afterwards for lunch which is a few miles away from the church. You can meet Adrian and all the girls (hens), and you can fill us in on all your excellent adventures since we last spoke, which was in 2006 when I was working just round the corner from your vicarage at Heslington.

    I’ve put my e-mail below so that you can contact me directly, and so I won’t type any more here. It would be lovely to hear from you, and even if you aren’t able to come and talk to the congregation, do get in touch.

    Yours from the windy moors of Nidderdale


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