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Part Un

Apologies for being rather slow in updating this, it is almost impossible to convey how remote a great deal of Northern France is, and I have been hard pushed to find water most days let alone the interweb.

I am in Arras, having covered some 200kms in the first week before the weeping stumps where my feet used to be have occasioned a couple of rest days. The sores are now largely closed, but my ankle is three times the size it ought to be. Other peoples injuries are even less interesting than other peoples children, so I shall say no more on this topic other than that I have never known anything hurt quite so much as the combination of sunstroke, blisters, ankle tissue damage and the inability of the French to locte municipalcampsites anywhere near where an educated guess would hqve them.

Still, it has been a grand experience thusfar. Highlights: Sangatte (really), venerating the kneecaps of St Beniot, the kindness of the French (really), Farmhouse Gites, Camping Sauvage, and the satisfaction of living Kipling’s maxim about filling the unforgiven minute with 60 seconds worth of distance run waddled.

Apologies for brevity – money out – more soon Tx

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  1. Amelia
    July 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I am resisting the urge to say “I told you so’ sbout the footwear and istead would like to point out that my parents will be in Bordeaux from Wednesday for 2 weeks. They would love to offer hospitality from their campsite – no doubt all manner of delicious things can be served from a little camping table.

    Also why don’t you rock up at Chateaux de Fieuzal – a nice bottle of 2003 would surely set you right?

    Best of luck. Thinking of you.
    A xx

  2. July 13, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Use the spanish method of treating blisters on the road. Sterilized needles with thread to stop them reforming. Iodine. Syringes. You’ll see it done. Copy it, and abandon compeed or any other middle class equivalent. When in need of energy, a mid morning drink of red wine and coke, combined with chocolate as required works wonders. Drink spirits in the evening – brandy, rum or anything near a digestivo works wonders. Combine light liquor (wine) with light drugs (aspirin/paracetamol) in the afternoon to ease passage to the nearest safe place to lie down. Advice over. Prayers with you, love E

  3. Marley
    July 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    You are my summer entertainment, so please start writing!!

    P.S. Hope the walk is going well.


  4. "The Northern One"
    July 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Hope you are managing ok, just had a read of your blogs, very funny.
    Take care and enjoy! Hannah x

  5. Lyndall
    July 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Hurry up and come to Nice already! xxx

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