Dove Step – Day 5

Duration: 9 hours
Daily Distance: 21 miles / 34 km
Total cumulative Distance: 122 miles / 195 km
Distance left to go: 181 miles / 291 km
Temperature: 7 Oc
Wind: 15 mph easterlies
Cumulative number of bird species encountered: 108 including a raw awesome male Hen Harrier, Wheatear and Swallow.

Sir Rob is powering on like an ever-ready mountain goat. Clicking his heels and dancing about on the beach.

Sadly, I have rather let the side down today – I felt initially tired and then decimated as the day drew out. We still made our daily mileage and are fully on schedule. Just a little slower than expected and a lot more painfully!

Still, we are already in bed and endeavouring to do a Goodrick style power sleep where you concentrate 12 hours into 8!

A huge thank you to everyone on the twittersphere, Facebook, phone and blog offering encouragement. It really is appreciated. My fave quotes from the last few days are:

I never said it was going to be easy.
I said it was going to be worth it.

Goodrick c/o his kick boxing gym.

Hiking is just walking where it’s OK to pee.

My mum.

I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and this trial.

Winston Churchill

Going in one more round when you don’t think you can – that’s what makes all the difference in your life.

Rocky c/o Tris

Now for that power sleep…

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