Well, day 1 done. It started with an 8 o clock communion at the High altar of Winchester cathedral and ended at 7:30 with a worn out Adrian doing a John Wayne impression as he walked into a Travel Lodge in Four Mark’s. 21.5 miles; 1000+ foot elevation gain and a big new blister. But the longest day by far is done.
The good…Rob, who was instrumental in me becoming a Christian 41 years ago accompanied on the first half of the walk to New Alresford. He even bought me lunch! And there was some lovely scenery, especially on the first part.
It was also good on the second part of the walk especially to remember those who suffer every day. I wore a cross around my neck made by a North Korean defector. Daily survival there for Christians is so hard…
The bad-I got lost twice, ironically at the end of each section which probably added about 3 miles.
I was prayed for at Winchester Cathedral by Saint Swithuns tomb. Sadly the photograph of the event went wrong. Ah well.
At the church with the 10 commandments on the wall I took a picture. I put my new walking sticks to one side as I did. They are still there!
And the phone keeps freezing-I need it to last (or you won’t get these)
The ugly-I have flat feet and arthritis in one big toe (not that it really bothers me). A couple of blisters complete the look!
Well, they say adaptability and resilience are important for Pilgrims so this has been a chance to put it into practice. I’m glad tomorrow is only a relatively short walk though.
Thanks for your support and interest. I need it and Christians around the world need it.