The day I met #StormDoris

What a day.

edit: The local newspaper has picked up on this and featured the 9 second clip on its website as Andrew Mallinson vs Storm Doris

edit2: I’m in the examiner newspaper too. Got a text from Lily, who thinks it is cool. 🙂

Tucked up cosy inside my waterproofs, I set of to work as usual. The paths in Huddersfield are slick today, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise when I went down. No injuries except a bruised ego.

My new favourite jacket is my North Face Point 5. It met Doris head on and won. Two hours of gales and heavy rain, I am still dry inside.

As I walk I take pictures on my phone, and post them in a Facebook group. The group is called Huddersfield Then and Now.

If you are interested in Huddersfield, the town, its history or its present, this is a really good group to get in. Lots of pictures both old and new, including some from yours truly

Whats that, Lassie?

I have been thinking about how to write this blog. Am I alone in having a conversation going on inside my own head? Should I just blog that conversation?

This morning, on the way to work, I thought I might record my thoughts on a voice recorder, and then listen as I write the post.  I am listening to the ramblings of a mad man.

It is an awkward thing to hear yourself as others hear you, perhaps even stranger than seeing yourself on video. Worse, you look mad talking to yourself, although on the canal bank there are very few people to see.

Last night I discovered that the Misfit step counter doesn’t give an accurate distance. I’m not sure if I am annoyed or happy. I guess its a bit of both. Annoyed that a piece of equipment isn’t as accurate as you need (its out by about 40%), but happy that I actually managed 14 miles yesterday not the recorded 10 miles. Step count seems to be very close to reality, not sure why it thinks I have the stride of a short arse.

It doesn’t really matter, so I will just keep in mind that I am doing more than it says.

Back to today’s walk. I left Marsh and headed down into Milnsbridge, then joined the canal to Aspley. At one point I was joined by a random pair of Alsatians.

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No owners, but they seemed friendly. One had a tag, “Ruby” and a number. No answer, from the phone, and the dogs kept looking over a wall to a big drop. “Oh No”, I thought, “It’s one of those Lassie Movie moments”. Thankfully there was no broken body ‘in the well’ or on the river bank, and I left Ruby and her friend to their fun. The owner rang back shortly after, looking for two lost dogs, and I pointed her to the bridge where they were, hopefully to be re-united.

Its peaceful on the canal towpath, most of this walk is accompanied by birdsong, and little traffic noise disturbs the tranquility.

 

Monday. New Week, New Regime 10miles a day

As I said in my last post, I need to up my mileage, so I’m aiming for 10 miles a day. To make this happen, I’m walking the long way to work. This adds a good 4 miles on to the start of the day, but it means I get to see so much more of this lovely town.

Monday 20th Feb

I’m getting to quite like my Salomon walking boots. I got them to be okay walking this winter if it got snowy, but they are good for these morning romps.

Also available for girls:)

 

Preparing for the Pennine Way

I have decided on the date. 6th May 2017.

It seems a small thing to decide, but it changes everything. Before deciding the date it was going to happen sometime, and that was okay, kind of woolly, no pressure. Now, well now I realise I need to plan a whole lot more carefully. I need to prepare. Mentally, Physically, Financially and Materially.

So now I am getting myself organised, and will flesh out the bare bones of a plan that I have so far over the next 11 weeks. 11 weeks! heck!

The plan as it stands;

Daily Distance  – apx 20miles

Overnight -Wild Camping

Carry – Up to 18 Kg (about 40 pounds)

( I told you it was basic)

Now on to my 4 To Do lists

  • Physical To Do over next 3-4 weeks
    1. Up daily walking to 10 miles 5 days a week
    2. Up Weekend walking to 15 miles minimum
    3. Increase pack weight to 10 Kg
  • Financial To Do over next 3-4 weeks
    1. Keep saving up (waterproof fivers!) aim to have £500 by end of March
    2. Upgrade Bank card to contactless
  • Material To Do over next 3-4 weeks
    1. Create a detailed list of what I will need
    2. Check off against the list as each item is tested in the field
    3. Continual assessment
  • Mental To Do
    1. Research the route
    2. Research points of interest near the route
    3. Get familiar with the plan
    4. Get familiar with the gear

I think that the main focus for the next week will be increasing my fitness, (10 miles is 20,000 steps) and spending some time getting the route detailed.

The maps arrived this morning, Its a start.


“A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step”

In my case the journey of 268 miles starts with 20,00 steps a day for 4 weeks! There may be some moaning about bloomin’ outdated Chinese proverbs to come before I set off