(total 454 miles)
A lot of mileage covered this week and not enough decent food eaten. In case I had any doubt before, I have confirmed that this army definitely marches on her stomach and gets grumpy if she doesn’t eat good, cooked food regularly. I seemed to be rather unlucky this week with pubs and cafes being closed, or not serving food, or just being plain rubbish. I not ate 4 decent cooked meals this week and it definitely affected my morale. Whilst on the subject of food, I’ve also learned on this trip that nothing beats a cooked breakfast; porridge doesn’t come close and cereal is not even worth a mention (even frangipane tarts that have so many chemicals in them they never go off beat cereal).
The weather turned cooler and a lot windier this week, and this made the walking harder. The main feature of the week was without doubt the Humber, with its industry, wildlife and a fantastic bridge. There were a lot of power stations that I passed this week, and lots of industrial output. Every guest house was full of contractors so people are busy in this part of the world, just not necessarily the people who live here permanently.
My main conclusion for this week has been that as someone who’s not that fond of people I’m amazed how much this trip is becoming about the people I meet. I thought it would be all about the places I visit, but the places have even been usurped by the walking at points this week. I need to keep a balance so the walking is just the means to see the places, and then I’m happy if the people I meet make the places special.
Thanks to all the lovely people I’ve met this week, without whom I would have had a tougher and less interesting time.