July 8, 2008
|Leaving Mankinholes YHA.|
Awake. Looks dry today thank God. We'll see how my body is etc when I stand up! This is the penultimate day!! Just one long moorland march and I'll be within 6 hours walk of the end. Edale, I'll never look on you the same. The highlight of today may well be crossing the M62 on that bridge - or Black Hill, don't know. Let's get on with it!
|Looking back to Stoodley Pike.|
|The Aiggin Stone, a medieval waymarker on Blackstone Edge.|
Arrived Crowden 1850 - no one in reception on the camp site here so I just pitched - just met the guy now he says everything OK. Shop opening again in 10 minutes - will get milk and stuff. Should cook but the place is crawling with midges. And it keeps on raining a bit.
|Blackstone Edge (472m).|
|Approaching the M62 crossing. Seen this bridge many times from the road...|
|Cotton grass and stone slabs. Just like on Day 1.|
|At Wessenden Head looking ahead to the path over Black Hill.|
Oh, today I lost a glove. Dope! Now my left hand has to go in the pocket. I think I may have lost it when I went to the toilet! And I had some trouble fording some streams coming across Round Hill Moss - a couple of times my foot was right in the stream! And today was the first time a bog tried to suck me into it. Not so bad, but weird feeling.
|Black Hill (582m). Scene of many previous PW nightmares.|
|Imagine what this would be like without the slabs!|
Just had my dinner - that Uncle Ben's stuff I've been carrying since KY! Actually it wasn't bad - and I had a bowl of coffee to wake me up a bit. Bought some bacon for the morning. Aim to leave about 9 means up and functioning at 8. Going to read "Into the Wild" a bit now, until it gets too dark.
|Danger Deep Bogs! Please keep to path!!|
Day 15 StatisticsMAN - CRO
24.5 miles (258 miles from KY; 93%)
582m max elev.
time moving: 8h24m
time stopped: 0h29m
overall average: 2.8mph
average while moving: 2.9mph
|My feet didn't look so good after 15 days hard walking.|