I should have purchased our airline tickets in October...when they were going for about $400 round trip from Miami to Heathrow. I waited too long and now they are almost $1,000 for one round trip ticket. $^*%#@!!
So....I decided to get another part time job to offset the costs of this trip, which will probably total about $6k. That's being conservative. Really. Now you understand why I'm chasing sponsorships in the form of free hiking boots and/or other hiking gear.
I'm pleased to say that I've landed a job that I really, really enjoy and while at one point I considered finding a job just to fund the walk and then not returning to it, that is no longer the plan. I'm back in the financial saddle and its a great view. I love this kind of work so it doesn't seem like work. After an 11 hour day, I'm still happy and ready to hit it again tomorrow.
Now the real problem is....when in God's name will we train!?!?!?
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.