Tuesday 14 April 2015
West Mersea to East Mersea
Camping at Broman’s Farm
Up early to pack tent and get the bus to Colchester and then out again to West Mersea as I didn’t fancy walking the roads. Had to pack the tent away wet as I couldn’t get it dry and hadn’t sorted anywhere to stay tonight due to no wifi last night. My first admin faff on a stunningly sunny day by the seaside. I am finding out that the admin takes a lot of time (packing tent away, patching feet, pitching tent, washing myself and my underwear at least, drying everything, finding places to stay, booking them, finding food [or cooking it], blogging, mapping next section…have I missed anything?), so much time that it’s a wonder I have any time to walk. Thank goodness it’s been sunny and I’ve had some help with planning, but I am now of the view that 20 miles a day is an impossible target for me and I need to aim for 15 max, certainly at the moment. This will either cut down my trip or lengthen it but I’ll work that out later. Current speed is 2-2.5 mph when taking into account stops for foot care, photos, admire the view, cafes etc. I am slow! But this is meant to be fun.
All of that preamble was me justifying the bus ride followed by the leisurely 6 mile stroll along Mersea beach in glorious sunshine (I already have a tan so I’ll be weather beaten in a few months) to tonight’s stop. Broman’s Barn was booked up but lovely Jo took pity on me and allowed me to pitch my tent in her garden. She did my washing, let me on wifi and offered me breakfast. At a low ebb earlier in the day when everything seemed impossible Jo’s hospitality cheered me up and gave me hope that it might just all work out.