The weather forecast was overcast and maybe light rain. I decided to go on a kind of foul weather walk. For nearly a year my spine had been troubling me and finally it settled down enough that getting around without pain was possible and very welcome. As I stepped outside, the cold wind hit me, but it wasn't too bad.
This was just going to be local thing. Maybe 2 miles and it felt good to know that I could do this. A very light drizzle was letting my cheeks know that there was some water up there, but nothing to worry about. At about 200 yards the drops became heavier, then it started. The skies opened up, the wind increased and by a quarter of a mile I realized this was not going to work. 30 MPH gusts of wind drove the cold rain through my jeans. My feet were soaked, everything was soaked, through to the skin and I turned back, cursing the stupid English weather, thinking I need different gear if this is going to happen a lot.
That was back in early January. Since then I've managed to get out most days and put at least a couple of miles behind me.
The walksI thought this post would try to give an overall representation of the times I've been out and about. I really need to get back in shape and stay that way. The best method is hike, bad weather or no.
Typical English trails (they call them footpaths here) abound and most of them are muddy year round. If you ever plan on hiking in the UK (why?), expect to get very dirty, very lost (their maps are over 100 years out of date) and wet. I do it because I reside here.
It's always good to get out of the filthy city. I hate big cities, even though I live in one and have never liked the place, just stuck here.
Where to next?I think a change is coming. I can feel it in the air. Before then, I want to visit my friends in Pamplona and, all going well, enjoy one more San Fermin. One friend (Catalán), is moving to the coast near Barcelona.
Our favorite watering hole has been sold and most will have dispersed to other places. It's the end of an era in more ways than one.
Feb 23, 2018
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