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  • Writer's pictureJane Smith

Getting ready to go again

It's been a wet and miserable Spring. My hiking so far this year has been trudging around the same local fields and woods in the wet, sliding in the mud and telling our dog that she's having fun, when even she is looking uncertain about the weather. It's been a very tough couple of months personally too, and I am having to turn the page of a new chapter in my life. And, as always, walking long distance has been calling me. So tomorrow David and I set off for Winchester, for me to start the South Downs Way solo on Wednesday. The forecast is very poor for the whole week and I've done no proper training. But I have a brand new rucksack, and I am trusting that my legs will remember what to do, and that the act of putting one foot in front of the other, over and over again, will help me get a sense of balance back, and maybe some joy.

I hope to write about this 100 mile or so National Trail walk every day for the next 8 days, and knowing that's what I'm doing will keep me going when the poor weather might be suggesting I throw in the towel. I was so lucky with the sunshine in Scotland, it's probably my turn for some demanding weather anyway, and I don't want to be only a fair weather walker. Life isn't always fair weather, so I'm packing my metaphorical raincoat as well as my actual waterproofs, and hoping that at some point the sun will start to shine on me.


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russellsecker
Apr 02

Well, it’s not exactly Valparaiso to Montevideo…but SDW will have to do! ;)

Can’t wait to read your daily posts, Jane.

Be strong, and enjoy!

Russell

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Jane Smith
Apr 02
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Thanks Russell!

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Polina Boevska
Polina Boevska
Apr 02

Good luck Jane!

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mkaustin53
Apr 02

Delighted I can enjoy another walk with you! I ended up in Eastbourne in 2020 due to death in family. Australia closed its border so my husband and I were stranded there for 13 months. The south downs saved our sanity (and perhaps marriage!). Will be cheering you on from Oz !

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Jane Smith
Apr 02
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I guess there are far worse places to be stuck, but that must have been so hard being away from home for so long. I’ll think of you when I’m out there above Eastbourne!

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nora.bennett
Apr 01

Hope the weather is kind to you, Jane, but I know you'll find the best in the trail anyway. I'm walking part of the Camino Santiago currently and it's raining a lot. But I expected it, rain gear is being fully deployed!

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Jane Smith
Apr 02
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Oh, amazing. We should get together when you’re home, I’d love to hear about it. Enjoy, despite the wet.

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thebingles
Apr 01

Jane there’s just no stopping you !


We've walked a small part of the South Downs Way and it certainly delivers some stunning scenery


Hoping the weather is manageable


Enjoy and take care


I'll be with you in spirit and on this blog which I will look forward to reading


Di. X

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