With great excitement, I told Dougie that Lauren wants to Coast to Coast again. He didn't look nearly as pleased and happy as I did. In fact, one could say he looked rather grumpy. Apparently, he doesn't like the idea of being left home "to babysit the dogs" for a month while Lauren and I trek across the UK having a grand old time.
I said he could walk with us - knowing he never would - and that didn't make him look any happier. He's a grumpy old geezer sometimes.
I suggested he hook up with our friends from Winchester to see if they would schlep around during the day w/Doug doing touristy things (drinking in pubs) whilst Lauren and I scramble over mountains and across raging streams. That seemed to put a little bounce in his step, so we'll see how things proceed.
In the meanwhile, Lauren and I are planning some adjustments to our route. I'm already getting excited about another cross-country journey with the best walking partner ever!
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.