Though a straight line appears to be the shortest distance between 2 points, life has a way of confounding geography. Often it is the dalliances and the detours that define us. There are no maps to guide our most important searches; we must rely on hope, chance, intuition and a willingness to be surprised.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Baaaaaaad Karma


So I’ve made it to 250 miles, but The Graph tells me there’s no room for slacking, and on Monday night I did another long walk with Stuart around West Linton. We went south this time on an 11.5 mile round trip to the unusual and picturesque hamlet of Garvald. Loads of history in this area: a fair part of the walk used one of the key Roman Roads between Scotland and England, we also passed a couple of 4,000 year old cairns.

The trip was also remarkable in that I had an opportunity to save a sheep which had somehow got its head stuck in some solid wooden fencing. I’m a big fan of My Name is Earl, so hoping this turn of events will bring me some good karma…


The walled garden near Garvald. Love the colours in this picture.

A few people have asked about the photos on the website. Apart from my weekend up north (when I used a Canon Powershot A520), all the photos are taken with a Sony Ericsson (K750) camera phone. Really good quality for a camera, but no timer, hence the close-ups!


Also, I’ve been asked about posting comments on the site. Unfortunately, despite trying a few different things, I’ve concluded that it’s not possible to comment on the website without setting up your own. I know this is a real pain and very offputting! I’ve had a lot of feedback from people reading the site anyway – it’s good to know it’s causing a fair bit of interest.

261.5 miles

5 comments:

Stuart said...

An enjoyable and eventful trip, thanks for going easy on the weird and wonderful sights we saw... might have given my local area a bad reputation. After 12 miles, my admiraton for the mileage achieved by you and your London posse is greatly increased.

Calum said...

Thanks Stuart. Yes, I thought it was best not to mention the banjo playing toothless wonders of ******... A most surprising encounter. Mind you, we had crossed the border into South Lanarkshire at that point.

Chris said...

Although I knew about the walk I have just read most of your blog for the first time and must say what you are doing is absolutly amazing. It sounds like you have undertaken this adventure just in time as your familiarilty with console karyoke and bongo games is quite disturbing!!

I;m sure soaking those tired feet in the sea at Bondi beach which will be even more satisfying knowing how far you've come to get there!

See ya soon and good luck - i hope you make you target.

Chris

Chris said...

Intrigued by the "sheep saving story" - sound very dubious!!!

Calum said...

Thanks Chris. Got to 397 miles this morning (Sat 19th). BY the time I hit 500, I'll be desparately longing for those warm Bondi shores...