The Coast to Coast Weather Gods are jerking me around. It's been very cool and perfect through the Lake District and on the east coast of the UK for the past several weeks. According to weather.com, it's in the mid to high 70's. Ahem. There must be some mistake. That's not what we ordered. We want cold and rain. Please stop screwing around with our weather and work it out.
On a more positive note, we leave in TEN DAYS!!!! TEN DAYS!!!! The only thing that's more exciting than that right now is that Zak is home on leave from the Navy. He just graduated from Nuclear Power School and has a short break before starting Prototype School, during which time he'll live on a training sub for six months. It's sooooooo good to have him home. I don't know how this is possible but he's cuter every time I see him. How does he do that?
Lauren and I won't be home to celebrate Father's Day with Doug nor will we be back in time for our anniversary. Sadly, we'll miss them both. But I told Dougie that I don't want him to be sad about any of that so to help him feel our love, I'm going to leave a "to-do" list. It will have jobs for him to do each day. I told him that if he does his jobs well and texts me pictures of what he's accomplished that maybe, just maybe, we'll bring back a present or two for him. Strangely enough, he gave me a very unfriendly, one finger wave. Man, you'd think HE was the one who hasn't had a beer or a soda in 12 days! Sheesh.
Ten days and counting!
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.