You can find the map for today’s 13.62 mile walk here.
Today was ridiculously long. The area looked small on my map, but out-and-back trips across six bridges added a lot of footsteps without marking much off the page. I’m not ashamed to say that this walk totally kicked my ass. The exceptionally mediocre lunch I ate at the 9-mile mark was one of the best meals I have had in a while, mostly because I sat for an hour and didn’t move a muscle (the cider might have helped too). I was absolutely knackered by the time I got back to my bike.
But, despite the distance and fatigue, if there was any day to spend with the river I love so much, it was this one. The sky looked like this ALL day long. Continue reading
Oh my goodness it has been FAR too long! A couple of weeks of freezing cold weather and snow kept me from feeling inclined to walk/slide my way through more of central London. The sun came out last weekend though. Boy, did it come out!!! The skies were blue, the temps were up and the sun – I’ll say it again – the SUN was everywhere! What a great day to hit the streets.
I found Day 3 moving at a much slower pace than normal – I only logged a touch over 4.3 miles. I had planned to continue my exploration of the City by starting at Bank and moving through the Bishopsgate area, but the place is desolate on a Saturday morning! Some might find that appealing – the streets to yourself, shrouded in a peace and quiet not often found around here. For me though, the charm of London is the life of its streets. The closed shops and empty alleys are just not as exciting. So I followed the few people I saw and headed toward the river instead.
On Day 1, I walked past Monument and considered climbing it but didn’t for some reason. I took the opportunity this time though and it couldn’t have been a better day for it. When I finally reached the 311th step and walked out to the viewing platform to see a sun-bathed London being serenaded by the bells of St. Magnus the Marty, I fell even more in love with this city.