Funny how the little things can get you going. I received a very pleasant email from yet another guy at Columbia Sportswear (one of the 7 companies I've asked for a sponsorship). He said our walk sounded amazing and he wished Lauren and I all the best. He then referred me to his counterpart at Columbia International.
So you see, we've successfully passed two layers of review at Columbia!! That's the most promising progress we've had yet - in terms of sponsorship. A maybe is infinitely better than a no. At least in my book.
Our local Bass Pro/Worldwide Sportsman has yet to acknowledge our request, the rat bastards. It might have something to do with the fact that I worked at their seaside restaurant as a server for a year and I left on... less-than-friendly terms. In fact, I ratted out the restaurant management to Bass Pro HQ regarding some dishonest and unfair practices. I can only assume they hold a grudge. I, however, have put all that unhealthy drama behind me and since I didn't really expect anything from them, I am not disappointed.
This is one instance where setting one's goals very low is a good idea. Aim for nothing and then, when you get nothing...you got exactly what you aimed for!!! I should be a motivational speaker and Life Coach with ideas that like, eh?
Keep your body parts crossed that Columbia comes through for us.
17 Day Itinerary
Our walk begins in St. Bee's on the West Coast of Great Britain at the Irish Sea. Almost 200 miles later, we will find ourselves at the North Sea in Robin Hood's Bay.
Day 1 - Moor Row, 9 miles The Jasmine House
Day 2 - Ennerdale, 8 miles Low Cock How Farm
Day 3 - Seatoller, 14 miles Seatoller Farm
Day 4 - Grasmere, 10.5 miles Town Head Farm
Day 5 - Patterdale, 7.5 miles Grisdale Lodge
Day 6 - Shap, 16 miles Brookfield House
Day 7 - Orton, 8 miles The Westons
Day 8 - Kirby Stephen, 13.5 miles The Black Bull
Day 9 - Keld, 14 miles Keld Lodge
Day 10 - Richmond, 14 miles The Old Brewery
Day 11 - Danby-Wiske, 14 miles Old School House
Day 12 - Osmotherly, 12 miles 32 South End
Day 13 - Clay Bank Top, 11 miles The Maltkiln House
Day 14 - Blakley Ridge, 8.5 miles The Sevenford House
Day 15 - Grosmont, 14 miles The Station Inn
Day 16 - Robin Hood's Bay, 16 miles The Raven House
Of course, these distances don't account for getting lost and doubling back a few times, avoiding an aggressive herd of heifers or navigating the moors.... or wandering off in search of a pint.