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A weekend of dance, walking and rain!!

This weekend started so well!!

It was Rochester sweeps festival which involves.. well… Dancing and more dancing and some waking about… all with fantastic people! So that was pretty damn awesome and is exactly what this whole fit enough to dance in a mask project was all about!!

Lovely crazy friends!



Then came Sunday… a day where I was scheduled to walk 20 miles from shoreham to south water on the (infamous) downs link path. This walk was beset with disaster from the get go…

First the path was closed then the detour (as with all good detours) left me in the middle of nowhere then a dog attacked some sheep (not my dog…I don’t have one) then it rained for the next 5 hours!

So miserable was it that I stopped after 14miles… still in the plus side I did 14 miles 🙂

Soggy but still sort of smiling…this wasn’t the end of the walk…I got wetter and less smiley! 

Optimistic and smiley at the start of the walk…

Monday involved more dancing…well a long procession and then a little bit of dancing at Hastings Jack in the Green festival… it would have been fun… but there was so much rain!! Still there was dancing and that is always good!!

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This was the view from the end of the procession…it looks nicer than it should do!

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Mythago, processing…look at the floor…so wet! (photo from Hastings Observer click for source)

Despite the weekends wet drawbacks, it has reminded me of something…I am a damn sight fitter than I used to be…I have turned into a person who can sandwich a 14 mile walk in between two days of dance without crippling myself!! this, my friends is progress!! 😀

Exploring the wilds…

Or an awesome walk in Northern Scotland…

We are currently mis grand ad-van-ture, and a couple of days ago we went in a walk…over some hills in between mountains to a beach which was inaccessible any other way (apart from the really wet way). 

The beach was Sandwood Bay and if you are ever in the area you should go on an expedition!

It was a windy cold not quite raining day in Scotland and it was totally worth it!!! The place was amazing!! 

And not only that it counted as 14km of walking training up and down some hills 😁


The pictures don’t really show the awesomeness of the whole thing… and my head is not 15tines as large as everyone else’s! 

More grand ad-van-ture news to follow 😁

More walking antics…

Well…walks anyway 😀

I managed to fit in a 20.2km walk again along the downs link path…this one went all the way to slinfold as I originally intended 🙂 I also included a detour tonsee the wey and Arun canal which may well bear some further investigation later 😀 

This one felt like hard work, for some reason all the way along, I got it done though which is what matters!


Following this I thought is would get in a faster more sociable walk… 

I headed down to Brighton and met up with my friend D who, coincidentally (ish) will be doing the marathon with me 🙂

Wa marched along the seafront from saltdean and the back to saltdean where a beverage awaited us 🙂

Walking and walking and walking like a hobbit on a mission

So…remember when I said I had signed up for a thing?

you know this thing: Moonwalk 2017

The one where I have to walk a marathon and wear a bra…

Well…I thought it was time I updated you on my training. That’s right, training…I have actually been doing some! Probably not enough, or possibly I have left it a little late as usual but still!!

I have worked out that the best way from me to walk a long way, especially if I am on my own, is for someone to drop me off a way away from home and for me to walk back. That way I don’t spent the first half of the walk thinking about turning back and attempting to make myself go further…I just have to walk until I reach my appointed pick up point 😀

My first one of these was 14.4k  from Bramley in Surrey to Rudgewick in Sussex 🙂

 

The second of these was last sunday and was 18.5 km long from Bramber in Sussex to Southwater also in sussex.

I am doing so much walking at the moment that I am beginning to feel like a hobbit! But it is quite good, these one way long walks where I have a fixed destination feel like adventures! I am even beginning to enjoy it! I suspect this is helped a lot by the lovely sunny spring weather that has been happening while I have been walking 🙂

By the way…if you feel like sponsoring me for this escapade I would be very grateful! this is the place you need to go… https://moonwalklondon2017.everydayhero.com/uk/sam-19

 

Mountain bike mayhem

It has been a while since I have told you about a new thing I have been doing, so I am going to do just that now.

OK…technically this isn’t a new thing… it is an old thing that I haven’t done for a while…

By a while I mean about 8 years…

So it totally counts as new!  especially when you take into account the shiny new toys that have had to be purchased to make it happen! In case you hadn’t guessed by the title, I got a new bike. I had a bike but it was too big for me and I was quite scared riding it… I was ok going in a level straight line but any bumps, lumps, hills, corners or other sudden change in direction caused a lot of squeaking and squawking and on one occasion crying and getting off to walk…

Consequently, once I had decided that mountain biking had the potential to be fun, and decided that it would be fun to do mountain biking with Mr Mark without being scared at him and shouting, we thought it was time for a new bike 😀

Looky look new bike 😀 I love it! It has lovely wide handle bars and is not super massive so I can actually reach the floor…yeay!!

Not all the time…I still have to lean my bike to the side a little to put my foot down when I stop, but that is ok because that no longer makes me feel like i am going to land on the floor in a heap when I do it 😀

Since getting my new bike, I am able to go up and down lumpy bits and through muddy bits without feeling like I am taking my life in my hands, so that is an improvement…

I haven’t tried it on a really hilly ride yet so I am not sure how that will be, but on the short hills I have done so far it seems ok if glad that i have a) gears and 2) strong legs from all the lifting 😀

We have been on quite  few rides now, some of them featuring my Brother in law, Sister in law and my awesome (crazy) nephews :-D, some of them featuring cake, some featuring both.

Some of them also featured my awesome comic book superhero leggings and my dubiously coloured 1980s looking mountain biking jacket, which looks odd…but is very comfortable and doesn’t end up around my middle when I am riding 😀

A new thing!!

I tried a new thing the other day!! It is an awesome new thing and I am going to do more of it 😀

Yeay! New thing!!!

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yeay!!

Ok…I’ll tell you what it is. Although I was super tempted just to leave the post at that and press publish 😀 )

This new thing is Geocaching!

I know…not a new thing as such…more a really well established thing that I had only vaguely heard of and never tried…until now 😀 so new thing to me 😀

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Look…it is such a well established thing that it has made it into the OED…and my copy of that is 6 years old!!

This begs the question why haven’t I tried it before! It is such fun 😀 It also begs the question, why did I suddenly decide to try it now. We…first of all there is no limit to when you are allowed to try new things, but that is not the point. What actually happened was I was reading a blog written by a lovely lady in Wales who not only finds geocaches, but has some of her own which she maintains… and by some I mean lots!! You can read about it on her blog 😀

Go here and look!!

She mentioned it a few times and I was intrigued…so I on her advice downloaded the official free geocaching app and had a look around to see what was near me! It turns out there are a few near my work 😀 some are fancy ones that need you to solve puzzles or some such thing but you need the premium app for those, I am going to wait until I have got the hang of it on traditional ones first…

So one lunchtime last week, armed with my tracking app (just like a tricorder on star trek…honest…) I headed out to see what I could find…

Which turned out to be nothing… I found the locations of two but not the actual cache… I was slightly disappointed…but undeterred and I got a nice walk in the sunshine 😀

Look there I am looking pretty conspicuous searching for things in the sunshine…I really tried to look nonchalant but it is hard. It didn’t matter anyway, Horsham’s dog walkers are too British to ask what I was up to and probably just classified me as too odd to remember!

Anyway…as I said…undeterred I tried again the next day!! It was less sunny but more successful…partly because I read the instructions more carefully and discovered there was a hint as to location…that helped…

Look I found a thing!! It had small things inside and a little tiny notebook which I was apparently supposed to sign…however the instructions for that cache didn’t say I needed a pen…so I didn’t have one. It turns out, after some further investigation that it is quite common for little caches to not have a pen so you need to take one with you….well I know now 😀

The app gives yo a little smiley face when you tell it you have found it which is cool! I am definitely going to do more of this 😀 It feels a little bit like I have been let into a secret world…

Oh and it turns out that the little square colourful thing was a calling card from another geocacher…I might make some up at some point 😀

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Ad-van-ture number two: Van with fairy lights…

Good morning 😀
I promise some exercise related content will appear here shortly…
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Red Van Travels

In case the fairy lights reference didn’t give it away…this is a xmas based post…

It is a relatively short ad-van-ture but bears a mention because it forms in important part of van history. Important because it was our xmas present.  Our outlandishly extravagant xmas  present…well…not outlandishly extravagant really…it will be awesome as we will be able to use it for adventures for years!! and we will go away far more often than we ever would without it 😀

I have a suspicion that with the amount of coffee I drink, just taking the facility to make our own coffee with us on day trips will save us a fortune 😉

Anyway…back to the adventure…as the van was our xmas present we thoght it only right that we took it out on xmas day when we went to spend the day with family 🙂

and because it was xmas…we thought it only…

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Ad-van-ture number one: Boxgrove Priory…

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Ad-van- ture one is also the first time I drove the van… which is more of a challenge than it sounds…

I may have forgotten to tell you that is is a left hand drive beastie! which presents a whole lot of challenges in a country where you drive on the left hand side of the road…

Things like the steering wheel being on the wrong side of the car, like changing gear with your right hand not your left hand, like the gears being in a completely different position on the stick to your other car, like your perception of road position being constantly challenged…

This steering wheel is not where I feel it should be! My advice to you, is, if you are going to try to overcome all of these difficulties, don’t do it 5 mins before attempting to drive up the biggest hill in your area…

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Presenting Our Little Red Volkswagen California

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On the 10th December 2016 we became the proud custodians of a VW T25 California Westfalia Campervan… By which I mean we conducted a transaction with a man in Essex in which he got a chunk of our money and we got a little red van to have adventures…

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