So my last post explained in detail why hiking is a very bad idea. This was motivated by the fact that SWMBO was dragging me on an impending multi-week hiking odyssey. Well it started as a weekend, and then extended. I’m part way through the trip, and I now have more than enough evidence to support two statements:
- I was 100% right: hiking is not good for you!
- I am an idiot for not following my own advice and skipping the trip!
I’m not going to lie, I may not survive. Possibly that was SWMBO’s idea, it certainly would make sense of those life assurance papers that arrived last month…
I also have manged to already destroy a good chunk of the awful plasticy hiking clothes I own through wear and excessive perspiration. My son noticed this in a photo I sent him, and sent me a link to a half price sale at Mountain Warehouse as a consolation. Little bastard!
A quick update on progress for those of you who care about my suffering is below.
Internet connectivity is not the best here, in fact abysmal. Day 2 came and went as we climbed an imposing hill with what was a good view until the mist rolled in. Very pretty. Just a shame it was the wrong hill. A 2hr backtrack got us to the confirmed view that at each decision point check the GPS don’t just follow those in front.
Day 3 also came and went. The most noticeable event was when SWMBO decided to put a bandage around my failing knee. Just over the crag of a hill there I was looking down at the vista of the valley below with my Daks around my ankles with SWMBO bending down in front of me applying the bandage and I’m not sure what the guy who came over the crag thought but his retreat would suggest it was not good.
Day 4 was pretty but much the same as the other days when the weather closed in. But it was the first day we arrived in respectable time.
Today was indeed our last day in the Lake District. To wave us goodbye we were presented with a climb of so e 4,400 feet in total with the highest hill just shy of 2,500ft. Coming down was worse than going up but the real difference today was no rain see attached view, but it did increase the swear levels.
Knee seems to be holding up, given away the bandage for fear of upsetting further hikers and replaced with 2 knee brace bandages which I wear one on top of the other. Also the anti-inflamatories make a big difference.