This is a personal blog mainly to do with hillwalking things but with other stuff as well.....maybe the odd rant..
Thursday, 2 January 2014
Everybody’s Doing the Locomotion
After getting wet right down to the undies yesterday on an extended calorie-burning doggy walk up the Deerness Valley (rain, not incontinence), I needed to go and investigate the starting point of a proposed guided walk next June (that’s right, folks, we plan ahead…) Would the car park of the boozer at Bolam be alright, given the landlord’s reluctance to have thirty five thirsty walkers returning to his pub? For some reason best known to himself.,the answer was “no”. So I went further around the route – to the National Railway museum at Shildon aka Locomotion. Car park A is big. Not as big as car park C, though. The chap inside the museum was friendly and helpful and couldn't imagine any reason why we couldn’t use Car Park A. We do so like people who say “yes”. Next was the Shildon bypass. How safe is it to cross? The answer is “very safe” – there’s an underpass – decorated, though by the Shildon Bad Boyz with lots of graffiti, including a few compulsory willies. They can’t spell “fuk”. They’ll still be in bed as we pass their underpass. And so, job done, me and the dawg went to Mickleton for a stroll on the railway path. And, as we turned around at Romaldkirk for the return trip – it chucked it down again. Bugger.
On the upside, I found a pear tree once containing lots of small pears, which were now spread about on the ground. I tried one and it was delicious. And Bruno found an evil stick. Apparently, this stick was so naughty that it had to be chewed up into little tiny pieces. I’ll do a proper walk soon… The Locomotion walk will likely be in June, 13 miles, called “Friends, Romans and Railways” and be lead by me – idea was Kathy Pagella’s who got it from the Grauniad. (It goes up a Roman road for a bit – hence the Roman bit”")
I am a retired NHS Personnel person. All I do nowadays is walk about.
I used to have my pet dog Bruno with me (in the front page pic). he was Superdawg but he died. Now I have Lucky the pup. He's a bit like Bruno, only smaller and more suspicious.