The final walk – well today was D day……..
It never really sunk in & with the added delight of family & friends walking it made the last 5 miles fly by at an incredible speed. Not sure when it will start sinking in.
We were on back roads to start off with, which were continuing on the straight theme. Somehow the sheep up here are enormous & definitely didn’t want photographing. There were a lot of Stock type flowers in various colours, making a lovely colour & once again the wind was so strong the birds chose not to fly; the rain clouds came fast & wetly when they arrived.
Maureen & Peter had been taking pictures from various different spots en route, looking just like Paperazzi. I had no idea my sister; her husband; Siobhan’s boyfriend, Chris’s parents were all waiting to see us at the end. Eileen persuaded a piper waiting to pipe in a group of cyclists arriving from their 12 day Lands End to John o Groats trip to pipe me in as well.
Wow! How emotional……..
I was quite overwhelmed by the welcome & despite feeling very exposed to the public, I was able to shout a massive “whey hey” whilst cuddling the famous John O’Groats sign post.
My Lejog papers are finally stamped & signed & a certificate given. We have since had a celebratory lunch & now is the first chance to write.
It remains for me to sign off with a Huge Thank You to you all. You have been a constant source of encouragement, that has been so lovely & warm & kept you all close to me. Thank you everyone, who has been able to take time out to come & join me on several walks. Some folk I have never met, but it was like walking with old friends & family by the time our walks had finished. It has been wonderful to catch up with you and your families & to share the walk with you & to have your input on the flora & fauna seen. It has made the walks go faster & I only hope all feet, backs, hips & toes have survived. I have loved talking to you all. We have enjoyed the meals eaten with folk & the catch up time as well.
Thank you for the encouragement from our children Adrian, Anna-Lee, Siobhan & Chris & our Grandchildren Eleanor & Adam for their cards & encouraging words & for coming up here for the finish!
Also to Anne & Donald, Eileen & Steve, all who have been part of the intrigue & secret for today. Thank you Maureen & Peter for transporting us for the final walk. Thank you to Cath and Alec for walking with me on consecutive days leading up to the finish – your company was invaluable and so glad you joined us.
Thank you Dr Bharti for getting my feet able to complete the walk & for being ready to sort them next week.
Thank you all for being so generous in your donations. We have beaten the target which has blown us both away to be honest.
My biggest thanks goes to Pete, my husband, without whom I could not have done this. He planned the route, worked out the detours when paths seemed impossible, came with me to start most walks & met me for lunch & at the end he massaged my feet, cooked, & did everything. My job according to him was ‘to walk’. He encouraged me when I thought my feet were failing & drove selflessly to & from start & end points & all the time was secretly arranging the celebration ending. He has been a perfect manager. Now he can get his hair cut, having refused to have it cut, the whole time.
If I have missed anyone, it’s not intentional. You have all been Marvelous.
Thank you everyone for making this old lady very happy in bringing about my hearts desire. THANK YOU!!!!!