I've walked 21,000 steps today
Which is a good start.
I set off from the costal Town of Mundesley under grey skies
I chose to walk along the beach and although I'd checked the tides I couldn't help thinking that if the tide changed quickly I'd be a bit stuck with unscalable cliffs on my left.
Blue was in his element running up and down covering ten times the distance I was (about 8 miles)
The walking was tough being on shingle, soaked sand and in places grey clay where the cliffs have eroded bringing boulders and pieces of human habitation down from the cliffs above.
The coast has the remains of huge World War 2 coastal defences with pillboxes, gun emplacements and huge concrete blocks and rusting iron girders sticking out like broken teeth.
We walked 6 miles without seeing a soul
I became very emotional and I have no idea why.
Maybe the isolation or maybe I was focusing on my loss more than normally.
A strange sensation to be honest and something I wasn't really expecting
Maybe it's been seeing all the thousands of posts on the 320,000 step fb page
All those babies and all those lives unlived
Maybe it was just that I had time for nothing else but to remember that time and all that could have been.
The rain came in brief bouts
Blue got stuck in some thick yellow mud and I had to pull him out.
We saw no wildlife except for gulls and the occasional cormorant or shag (childish laughter) sat on the groynes fishing.
I kept my eye out for sea glass which is rare here and picked up the odd stone or fossil
Eventually we came across Overstrand a small fishing village with the crab boats coming in
The men stood around chatting as we headed to the Cliff top Cafe
After we had both had a sizable breakfast/lunch we headed along the cliff tops and eventually we saw the distant sight of the pier
Passing the lighthouse on the left I put Blue on the lead as the cliff tops were high and crumbling into the sea
Finally down into Cromer
A walk across town to pick up Amelie from Nursery and finally home.
She ran, jumped and gabbled away about her day whilst I hobbled along increasing aware of how old I am and how pitifully unfit I was
Still this is just day one
So many more days to come.
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I'm thinking a thousand pounds would be a great amount to raise by the end of the month
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