Sludgery, drudgery but good friends (Stoke Bruerne to Long Buckby) - In the name of Thiago - Day 274
It's on days like today when the people you walk with can make such a difference. There were three of us for the trudge from the Canal Boat Museum in Stoke Bruerne, I was joined by an old work colleague in Adrian Fisher and a current one in Martin Thomson. Both did a terrific job in keeping my spirits up on a fairly tough day.
Martin was great company and as a City fan took almost as much enjoyment from Spurs' 6-1 win at Old Trafford this afternoon as I did. Seeing that scoreline certainly helped keep me going as we were nearing the finish line today! And as for Adrian, well his map reading skills were second to none. Not only was he an absolute star when we had to navigate away from the canal path but he also treated both Martin and I to a late lunch at 3pm.
The canal path being impassable wasn't our only problem. We started heading up this path and I'm ever so slightly frustrated that I didn't take another picture as we went further up it. The strong flow of water that you can see covered the entire width of the path in no time and at one point I had to swing under a bush to carry on up it. My socks were absolutely soaked through and we'd only been going 15 minutes.
What a find this was. As I mentioned earlier, the wonderfully genial Adrian had said that he wanted to buy lunch and I didn't see that I should protest at his generosity.