The taxi was late picking us up from outside the pub to return us to South Otterington. Whilst waiting we were aware of two police cars one on either side of the pub where we were waiting and then a third arrived and parked in front of the pub in the middle of the road effectively stopping any traffic from passing. All three had their blue lights flashing. I might expect to see that in London but not in a tiny village. Our taxi then arrived and the police let us go past. Never did find out what the occasion was but it was an exciting start to the day.
Looking at the railway line emphasised even more just how slow I was walking this morning as the blister on my scar tissue was very painful. It took some time for my foot to settle or rather to become numb to the pain so I could pick up my walking pace. Another 15 miles to cover today. Paul has tried to even out the walking so that it is only on the last day that we will have to walk 17 miles.
The skies are looking ominously dark.
Having reached the top we had joined another long distance path - the Cleveland Way
Our map reading had been going really well on this trip but after a couple of miles on this difficult path surface we decided to alter our route slightly by cutting across a couple of fields and joining a different path. I think we were getting just far too cocky about our map reading. We should have known better
By now everyone was suffering from blisters which we could only surmise had something to do with the road and uneven surfaces as last year we had no such problems.