Walking on sunshine

Apologies for the lack of updates and tweets etc. The reason is that before I started walking I was v v busy. And then I didn’t want to post anything more about the walk until I’d actually walked somewhere.

But now I really have got going, so here’s an update.

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It took me 50 hours from leaving my home to stepping off the plane in the Isles of Scilly.
A long story, but it involved 5 trains, 2 missed connections (not my fault for once), 1 bus, 2 taxis, 1 cancelled flight (poor visibility). You get the idea. The whole journey was during the last snowy spell, and as I travelled south the country seemed cold and monochrome.

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It was such a contrast to step from
the little Cessna and from that chilly wintery world into warm sunshine. All of a sudden I was on the Isles of Scilly, surrounded by sparkling azure seas, beginning my walk, and it felt like spring. And all the pre walk wintery mood that I’d experienced for the previous week (just tiredness and busyness and stuff), melted away.

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From there it was back to the mainland and to Lands End. It’s a bit of a tourist trap, but a mid week February day is a better time than most to visit. Again, the sun beamed, there was hardly anyone around, and I was really on my way at long last.

I’ve drawn a VERY rough sketch map of my first week. You’ll have to enlarge it to see it in detail.

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It’s been a fabulous first few days walking. It’s been everything I had hoped for, and a lot more. The coastline is incredible. And I think it’s all the better for seeing it in February with so very few other walkers, and the surprising Caribbean blue of the sea on these sunny days. I’ve walked for two half days and three full days and have nearly covered 50 miles. No blisters or anything, so it’s all good. I’m simply really really enjoying it.

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I am uploading more photos in a couple of pics only posts.

I have an alteration to my original plan, which is that I have to go home next Monday, as my husband has an op. I’ll restart as soon as I can, and once I know when that’ll be, I’ll update my route plan.

Finally, I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of you who’ve texted, tweeted, commented, facebooked, emailed, phoned, sent LinkedIn messages, and sponsored. I have never in my life felt so supported and connected. Thank you. You sent me on my way on a wave of encouragement.

10 thoughts on “Walking on sunshine

  1. What gorgeous pics. So glad to hear you’ve enjoyed the first part of your journey, and I look forward to reading more about your adventure xx

  2. Hey Flora, these photos are amazing. just back from a few days in Dorset with glorious weather, thought of you. I have been very busy, my apologies, I missed the sponsorship bit somewhere. Point me in the right direction? Hope to see you in Wales!

  3. You’re on your way – brilliant! Will look forward to reading more as you progress and give a yell if I can do anything.
    Love
    Alex

  4. Hi Flora,

    Thank you for bringing us all with you on this wonderful journey. I will be thinking of you and your husband next week and hoping that the proceedure is both sucessful and uneventful.

    Kind Regards,
    Ciara

  5. keep going Flora the Explorer! Hope all goes well with Ian! Looks as if you have been lucky with the weather! Take Care – barbara x

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