Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Resting in Port Isaac - Poorly Foot!!!

Hi Again Everyone,

Really sorry it's been a while since I updated my blog. I don't have a good excuse so please don't ask me to come up with a bad one!! Joking apart, I've been on such a steep learning curve since starting, had to manage a few foot problems that have slowed me down a wee bit & it's taken me a while to 'settle-in' to things. (see my Blister!!) Anyway....poor excuses aside, I'd really like to thank everyone for their sponsorship & continued support & encouragement. I've been quite overwhelmed by this & it has really made the experience so much more special - so thank you.

I'm currently at Port Isaac, resting my rather problematic large blister on ball of my foot. I'm actually staying at a small hotel (The Bay Hotel) where they filmed a small part of the Doc Martin TV series.

To pass the time, I've started to read the Bill Bryson book, 'Notes from a Small Island'. Writing a blog after reading his really humorous & observant travel tales is pretty daunting!! One thing, I do share with him is a birthday on 8th Dec!
I've had so many great, new and challenging experiences since starting my journey. One thing about travelling alone is that you meet and talk to so many people. I've met such a range of interesting and funny characters. The degree of friendship & generosity shown has been incredible. I've had some marvellous & sometimes quite intense dips into their communities & lives, something I don't think I could have experienced travelling any other way. Several of the people I've met now keep in touch via texts & e-mail!! I've also collected £80 along the way from folks, literally people who have stopped to talk on the path - they love mini George too!

The coastline has been amazing to see. There's been a clear change between Devon and Cornwall. But it also changes from each time you to round a headland or even down and up a valley. Although, I have quite a few miles to cover each day, I really try & live in the moment & absorb what is around me. Three days ago I met two wildlife enthusiasts on a cliff top just before Fire Beacon Point, between Boscastle & Tintagel.

These ol' boys were fabulous. I told them that I hadn't seen any seals yet & they calmy pointed out that there were some on the rocks below!!
I couldn't see them at all with the naked eye so one of the fellas set up his telescope and let me look. There were three seals with pups just basking on the rocks and occasionally playing. He then told me that this was a common place to see Peregrine falcons & promptly focused his telescope on a cliff ledge. "There you go" he said, it was falcon perched on ledge seemingly passing the time. This experience just made my day.

I've done 153 miles now of the 630 total. I'm a little behind schedule but will make it up!
For me, this has been an amazing physical & indeed mental & emotional challenge so far. At times I've had to dig deep, particularly on the real up & down parts when it's been really windy & wet & when I've been tired & had a lot pain from the foot problems.
You find out a lot about yourself - and realise how important your support is! One quote that really helped me was passed on by Aaron Coode - it's from Lance Armstrong "Pain is temporary, it may last a minute, an hour, a day or even a year but eventually it will subside & something else will take it's place. If I quit, however, it lasts for ever".

Well...I'll sign off now. I will try to update each day from now on.
Don't forget if you want to you can keep in touch using facebook or using on this blogsite or by google mail - I'd love to hear from you.

Take care all :-)

1 comment:

  1. you are doing so amazing George. It was bound to be tough but what an incredible adventure you are having. You will really find out about yourself doing something like this. It will change you too. For the better. Just think of all those people who will never be able to experience what you are - not the bad side like weather and discomfort, which is sure to test anyone, but the good side - the scenery, the fresh air, walking and meeting new people and not being afraid to live life a little. We're all following your progress here and have really felt for you when the weather has been bad. You are doing brilliantly and I know I couldn't do what you are doing. It's all going to such a worthwhile cause too. If you need to hear some friendly voices then give either me or Pete a call if your feeling down. Say hi to Mini Georgey. Sarah x