WB 12: Power through the Gower
Progress has been good this week, and I am still on schedule. I have travelled from Llantwit Major, Wales to Carmarthen, Wales covering 127 miles.
Well after almost 1400 miles of walking I fell into water for the first time. The stepping stones at Ogmore Castle were flooded by several inches of water, and were incredibly slippery and uneven. The inevitable happened just 4 stones across out of about 30ish in total when I slipped of and into the water. Fortunately I maintained my balance when I landed on my feet so only got wet up to my knees, so it could of been much worse. That said my boots were drenched and there was nothing I could do so just carried on. Over night with the temperature not meant to get near freezing I tried to dry the boots out a bit. Out of nowhere I had the coldest night of the walk which completely froze my boots solid, in fact so bad I could not even get my feet in them. So I had to leave them to thaw for an hour or so, meaning I had to set of in my very flimsy plimsolls. This was not an ideal start to the week.
There were no other specific hardships.
Easter & Campsites
This week will be the first where I have the option to use campsites as they open in the lead up to Easter. This will be a very useful option to have but for monetary reasons I will still wild camp at times. Also in relation to Easter, there will obviously be an influx of tourists/families which will be a mixture of good and bad, though will mean I have to be even more discreet with any pitching spots.
Lots of Guests
As per last week, I have several guests this week which will be great, though timings and locations become a bit more important. It is fun having different people joining the walk and this week is going to be baby heavy.
Upcoming Rest Days
There are a few upcoming rest days I haven't sorted yet (still a while off), so thought would list them just on the off chance someone knows someone in or near any of the following; Aberystwyth (Wales), Aberdaron (Wales), Llanfachraeth (Anglesey), Flint (Wales).
Please click links below to find out more detail about each specific day:
- Day 078: Llantwit Major to Margam
- Day 079: Margam to Swansea
- Day 080: Swansea to Port Eynon
- Day 081: Port Eynon to Llanrhidian
- Day 082: Llanrhidian to Pembrey Country Park
- Day 083: Pembrey Country Park to Carmarthen
Specific thank yous:
Dad & Brigitte – thank you for joining for a couple of days, and letting me stay with you.
Nat, Archie & Sian - thank you for joining the walk for the day, picking me up and getting me lunch.
The Smith Household - thank you for letting me stay for the two nights of my rest day and providing me with lots of lovely food.
Also thank you to everyone who donated last week, and all the kind messages that I received.