After a comfortable night at Blaxhall YH I thought I’d share my experience. There were 7 of us staying here and I was the youngest by about 15 years from geeky walker guy and the rest were all men over 70. More of a Geriatric Hostel.
So I struck up a conversation with Mr geeky walker and he had walked South from Lowestoft for 2 days checking out some new kit (something I should have done). Like me he had a big pack but was bivvying in an extra small tent that looks like a slug and only weighs 800g. He knew the weight of all his kit (he buys it from a shop where all weights are labelled) and he’s even got special titanium tent pegs that weigh 2g. He was a serious loner and I was mildly concerned that this walk was turning me into someone like him. I am slightly envious that his pack only weighs 9kg (mine is about 15kg) but I don’t want to get too geeky about it.
The other gentleman I chatted to is Doing a much more civilised trip as he cycles around Suffolk, his home county, to see all the sights he hasn’t seen – 200 miles in 10 days. Mind you he is approaching his 80th birthday, and I think his bike might be too. I enjoyed chatting to him although I’m not sure the feeling was mutual as he wanted to get on with scribbling notes for the book he’s writing about his trip. Look out for a book called One Leg, No Lycra, Adrift on a Cycle around Suffolk by Rob Barber.
It just proves we’re a strange lot that stay at Youth Hostels!
P.S. I have the same sleeping bag and thermarest as Mr geeky walker, and I learned that I need to walk in shoes and then my feet might not hurt so much.