Dove Step – Day 2

Duration: 9.5 hours
Daily Distance: 25 miles / 40 km
Cumulative Distance: 53 miles / 85 km
Distance left to go: 250 miles / 403 km
Temperature: 8 – 15 Oc
Wind: 7mph
Number of bird species encountered: 82 including Bullfinch, Jay, Curlew, Barnacle Goose and ROSS’S GOOSE!!!

Highlights:

Goodrick – close encounter with a Roe Deer, breakfast and dinner!

Sir Rob – walking along the banks of the Great Ouse. Seeing Peter Scott lighthouse.

Jonny – proving we can walk the furthest we’ve ever walked – only to wake up and do it again!

Today can be described as a pain sandwich! With the twist that the punishing endurance was book-ended by wonderful treatment and feeds!

We broke camp and walked an hour to St Mary’s Lodge Bed and Breakfast where Anna had arranged for us to have a cooked breakfast and use of the washroom.

The breakfast was immense! The house, grounds and view were equally impressive. It set us up wonderfully for some serious mileage…

… and it was really serious mileage. A further 25 miles on yesterdays 28 which took a big toll on us. All contact points; shoulders and in particular feet have degraded. We are also wresting with Vaseline and Bepanthen to prevent / heal chaffed areas!

We are now convalescing under the care of the super hospitable Rising Sun at Gedney Drove End.

Rob and myself are very much looking forward to getting up and shedding the miles to Frampton Marsh RSPB reserve where we give a talk about Dove Step tomorrow.

More mind over matter miles for Turtle Doves!

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