Thursday, 21 May 2009

A setback....

We've had a minor setback...Patch has an abscess - we think she's picked up a bit of grit. That's really not good timing as our daily walks are now on hold, but she seems to be on the mend thankfully. I think we'll be using her boots quite a bit along the walk...

I've made a last minute change to the first part of my route. Initially it involved a fabulous remote walk through northern Scotland, but I'm a bit worried about how Patch will cope with the RAF aircraft passing overhead. She's reduced to a quivering wreck when they pass overhead here - and I think northern Scotland will have even busier skies. To play it safe I'm going to stick to the coast road which is a real shame,. The up side is this means I have less food to carry. On the old route I would have had to carry 8 days food, but on this route I pass through towns / villages daily.

The change of route means I've had a last minute panic printing new sets of maps and changing the re-supply food parcels that I'm sending ahead, but I'm back on track now.

My final kit list will soon follow...I'm currently experimenting with a bivi bag and lightweight tarp...

8 comments:

Martin Rye said...

Last minute changes happen. Lets hope that Patch heals well.

Peter said...

Might be a good call, was in Crickhowell yesterday when an RAF Fighter tried to see if he could land in the town car park, sure tested my ticker out I can tell you!

Dogs Trust said...

Best of luck, Sophie. I hope Patch heals quickly and well and you continue to enjoy the walk.

Thanks so much for your support!

Jewellery By Shalini said...

Patch will be OK, she is a brave girl.
Change of plans can happen, does not make any difference to the worthy cause and your efforts. Keep it up!
All the best!

Sophie Easterbrook said...

Thanks all for your comments - what a lovely surprise to see them all!

Martin - your planned walk over the Cairngorns looks fantastic.

Peter - I used to love seeing the RAF jets passing over but since getting Patch I feel very differently! they do come over low don't they?!

Dog's Trust - Thanks for that, I didn't realise you were following my blog! Much appreciated.

Shalini - many thanks - and thanks for your fundraising auctions! Your jewellery is fab.

angelica1963 said...

All the best for your walk and hope Patch is ok.

John Manning said...

Best wishes to Patch - I had an abscess once and it didn't just stop me walking, I could barely sit down for a week! Hope the setback doesn't cause too many changes of plan.

Sophie Easterbrook said...

Thanks for that - much appreciated.

John - that abscess sounds nasty!!

Sophie