I wish I was walking to these places, it must be 70 miles from end to end along The South Downs Way footpath;
It was still sunny on my second day of freedom and we walked along the ridge from the windmills at Clayton to Ditchling Beacon, a very steep hill indeed.
It's a hard challenge for cyclists and many races climb it.
When we got there, there were still road marks at the top; 'Allez!' and this commemoration of the British cyclist Tommy Simpson who died on the bleak and murderous Mont Ventoux stage of the Tour de France;
I had a wonderful day on the Downs back in the spring;
Today was beautiful in a different, September sort of way;
Rolling chalk hills, swooping swallows diving and swirling for the sheer joy of being alive. We made it!
With time for a wish on the way back;
But we didn't all make it back in one piece;
I bought these walking shoes in 2011, just before I was diagnosed. They were really cheap but I never thought I'd get to wear them out. It's the second pair of shoes I've worn out this year, my Big Bad Boots went in the springtime.
It's a testament to Dr Feelgood of Charing Cross Hospital that I lasted this long and to the Orthopaedic and Trauma surgeons at St. Peter's that I still have two legs to walk on.
(a don't stop till you drop production)
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