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Journeyman's Coast to Coast Journal 2006
The Day After

Wednesday 28 June 

I awoke at 7.30am and had a shower and shave. I packed my last few belongings into the case and rucksack and went down for breakfast at 8.30am. Ruth had already left. I had an outstanding final breakfast prepared by Lynne and of course it was my usual full English breakfast with toast. I gathered all my belongings – I must not forget my walking pole it has been brilliant throughout. I chatted with Lynne for a while and she explained that she was a little more selective these days about which C2C walkers to take in, following several incidents of damage to her fixtures and fittings in the past year. She showed me some photographic evidence of this damage. What a shame because Fern Leigh is the perfect start or perfect finish for the C2C and I would certainly stay there again.

I walked down the road and positioned myself on the bench overlooking the Robin Hoods Bay at the top of the steep hill leading to the bay itself. I had at least one and a half hours before Linda arrived but I was quite content to sit there admiring the view and reflecting on my fantastic journey and all the people I had met. I more or less lived the entire journey again and often found myself chuckling – passers by must have thought I had lost the plot. It was amazing how quickly the time passed by as I first saw Malcolm and his wife walking up the hill. They were returning from Boggle Hole YH and intent on catching a bus to Scarborough and then a train connection home. Next I saw the KK casually dressed and walking slowly towards the steep hill. They appeared to be in harmony with each other and went off to carry out the end of walk rituals. I said goodbye to them as they passed and at the same time Linda contacted me, they would be here in 10 minutes. I walked up to the car park and wondered if I would see the Cider Drinkers rolling into town. They stayed in Hawsker last night and therefore only had a short walk to the end. No signs of them.

Linda and Kevin pulled onto the car park and after a kiss and a cuddle we had a discussion as to whether we would stay for a few hours or set off home. We all agreed to set off home. There was plenty to do at home. The garden was overgrown, we had the weekly shopping to sort out and Linda had all my gear to wash. The journey home was uneventful and I told them about some of my memories from the walk. In no time at all we were home. I had a lot to do including check my email - 42 messages to sift, read all the entries on the Sherpa message forum and post an update on the site as to m y journey. Would anyone be interested? I hope so but it didn’t really matter – I had thoroughly enjoyed my C2C walk. I downloaded my 300 photographs and sent a few to Malc. I sent an email to Macmillan with a photograph of me wearing their T shirt and cap outside the finish point at the Bay Hotel – it would be pinned up on their ‘wall of fame’. I had no idea how much I will raise. I sent on email to all the people who were helping me raise monies urging them to collect any monies pledged. I cleaned all my walking gear ready for my next outing in a few days.

I had made notes throughout my C2C walk in readiness for a journal of some kind. The weather had been extremely kind to me – only three cloudy, drizzly days out of 16. I had to start mapping it out including a homepage. I made contact with a great guy who I have not met yet, Stuart aka as Lone Walker. Stuart had offered to host my journal on his website at www.walkingplaces.co.uk I had a lot to type up and many decisions to make about text content and photographs. This would take me over 1 week to sort out but I am pleased with what I have done and over the moon at what Stuart has done for me*. There are dozens of former colleagues as well as dozens of friends and family who want to visit the website to read a bit about me, my walking history and most of all my account of the C2C walk. I had made it personal reflecting my thoughts as I went along. If I have offended anyone I can assure them it is unintentional. If I have misspelled a name or even got it wrong I apologise. If anyone is offended by any of my content then I will change it BUT this is my account, of my walk across Northern England. I have been supported by dozens of people prior to, during and after the walk - most of all my wife Linda, Thank you love. Now what can I do next?

* (Editors Note: You're more than welcome Journeyman, its been a pleasure reading your account and I'm sure it will be for everyone else. I hope to meet up with you soon)
 

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