Well the time is finally here! This morning we set off from Norfolk to drive up to Newcastle to start our Hadrian’s Wall trek tomorrow morning. All the training has been done for our 84 mile walk and I feel so unprepared.
My Dad has had a UTI and is still weak, Auntie June has had a middle ear infection, Laura has just got back from a hen weekend in Italy and is hanging, and I have Osteoarthritis in my knees and a dodgy hip. What a rag taggle bunch we are but we are going to do this! We will complete the 84 miles over the next 6 days.
We picked up the support vehicle over the weekend which has been loaned to us at a discounted rate by Enterprise Cars in Chelmsford. My Dad (Alan) and my Uncle (Tim) shared the driving whilst me and my Auntie June chatted in the back of the car. It was lovely to see the Angel of the North and it reminded me of why we are doing this. We are walking to raise funds for Cancer Research and in memory of my Mum, our own Angel of the North, who passed away from Ovarian Cancer last year. Dad has spent the last year organising this trip for us independently and his nerves are shredded as he has never organised anything like this before. We are all anxious but excited and want to get started.
We finally arrived after lunch and checked in to the Jurys Inn Hotel in Newcastle. After dumping our bags in our room we went to check out Walls End Fort at Segedunum to get our Hadrian’s Wall passports so we do not have to worry about getting them in the morning before starting our walk tomorrow. We have our first stamp in the passport and we are set to go at 9.00 tomorrow morning.
It will be an early night for us tonight after our lovely meal at The Victoria Comet and a few bevvies so we are all fighting fit for tomorrow. I’m so looking forward to my comfy bed. We will have 15 miles to cover tomorrow. Bring it on!! The pain in my legs will be nothing in comparison to what Mum suffered and so many of my friends and family are suffering or have suffered through cancer.
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