Monday, 6 August 2012

Day One

Dipping feet in the sea at St Bees
Having arrived at St Bees about 5pm yesterday in good time for an early night, Gary was up and at 'em this morning ready for the off. Having made the customary stop on the beach to dip his boots in the sea he headed off, All walkers will know it is the custom to wet your boots and collect a pebble from the beach to carry with you on the walk and throw it the sea in Robin Hoods Bay. Only then is your coast to coast walk done. Gary has decided to carry 5 pebbles, one for each member of our family - including the 2 babies we lost. Lachlan (our 5 year old son) and I will be waiting for him in Robin Hoods Bay.

Winning no prizes for the best dressed walker!!

The weather was by all accounts atrocious, heavy rain storms for most of the day made the going tough. At one point Gary had his head in the clouds, quite literally!

The route today was 15 miles to Ennerdale Bridge.

Coast 2 Coast Statue at Moor Row (Looking longingly to Robin Hoods Bay I think!)
A welcome stop at the Walkers Pop In Cafe for a quick brew (highly recommended). The owner reports not having seen many Coast 2 Coasters this year, she thinks that due to a mixture of the Olympics and awful weather. Gary did not pass many walkers himself today. The tea was just the ticket and put an extra spring in his step when he went off on his way again.

Arriving in Ennerdale Bridge at the end of Day One!! The smile says it all. one day down, thirteen to go.

Tonight the total Gary has raised for The Miscarriage Association is £1097!!! Fantastic. Thanks to all those who've donated :-)

Gary amd his Dad are camping tonight in the place where there's no phone signal. If you can, please message Gary to support him.

Let's see what Day 2's 16 mile leg tomorrow brings....

****STOP PRESS***NEW TOTAL £1,107 following a donation from Thailand!!!

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