In reality, May began with a flight to Canada but all the while I was clocking up miles on my virtual walk across Europe to Africa. April ended in the Vézère valley near the caves prehistoric man once inhabited. I was in the Dordogne heading towards the mountains of the Pyrenees and Spain. Whether I’d reach them before the end of the month remained to be seen. Continue reading May miles
My quest to walk, virtually, across Europe to Africa was not going quite as well as I’d hoped. So far the year seemed to be beset with injuries of one kind or another. Still, I was moving forwards, even if it wasn’t quite as fast or as far as I’d hoped. March ended a little over a mile outside Chateauroux in the Indre department in central France. My aim for April was to reach Limoges at the very least. Continue reading April miles, heading towards ancient history
While the real world in February was all about mud, mist, a fair bit of rain and a badly blistered foot, my virtual journey continued. January ended in France, just outside Évreux, heading for Paris. It seemed a long way from my final destination, Morocco, but, as they say, it’s more about the journey than the destination, so where did February take me? Continue reading February virtual walking – where am I now?
Walking to work on the morning of the 70th anniversary of D-Day I saw poppies blooming on the demolished TV studio site. They must have opened in the previous day or so and it seemed quite fitting to see their bright heads swaying in the breeze. Poppies for remembrance. It was 6 June 2014. D Day, more properly called Operation Overlord or the Normandy landings, took place on 6 June 1944. The largest seaborne invasion in history is well documented but, for me, all the talk of Normandy beaches had me hankering to go back to one of my favourite places, L’Anse Du Brick just outside Cherbourg. Continue reading D- Day and memories of Normandy – first published 6 June 2014
At the end of 2016 I finally finished my epic virtual walk around the coast of Great Britain and came home. The challenge had kept me motivated for three years and showed me some amazing places I’d love to walk for real. Of course, coming to the end left quite a gap in my life and my motivation. After a great deal of thinking I’ve come up with a new challenge to keep me busy in 2017 and probably beyond. Continue reading Plans afoot for 2017