7 weeks and 4 days from now, all of this planning and anticipation will become reality. Holy shit Batman!
Bass Pro delivered our waterproof, windproof up to 100 mile/hr, Gore-Tex rain jackets yesterday. Black for Lauren and red for me. These things are really expensive and extremely well made. I still can't believe they donated them to us. Unbelievable.
I'm breaking in my new hiking boots that I bought at a super discount, thanks to SCARPA! The very first time I wore them I did 8 miles. No problems whatsoever. Like I've mentioned before, after putting 100 miles on my other boots, I got bad blisters after 4 miles. Every single day! I think my little toes will be permanently scarred but at least now I have boots that fit properly and I'm ready to go.
Lauren's boots are getting dusty.
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.