Roaming the River Ouse from dawn till dusk

I decided to walk for a day. No real plans. Just to go for a wander between sunrise and sunset.

  1. I was up at 5:15. I breakfasted, packed some essentials and donned my new boots.
  2. (I don't work with or Osprey (wish I did) or Vivobarefoot (I do get a discount) or Garmin (the 360 camera is on loan & I bought the Vivofit) or Apple. I do this stuff for fun.)
  3. To take the road less traveled i'll need new boots.
  4. Still waking up I hit the streets. In need of coffee.
  5. I recorded some audio for those who subscribe to my podcast.
  6. I collected web after dewy web. Mostly on my face.
  7. When you're the first one up in a village you are the spiderweb collector. I left in shorts but I'm now wearing weblike trousers. #RiverRoam https://t.co/PZ2JTQbAzR
    When you're the first one up in a village you are the spiderweb collector. I left in shorts but I'm now wearing weblike trousers. #RiverRoam pic.twitter.com/PZ2JTQbAzR
  8. Some people were following the hashtag #RiverRoam interested to see what might happen on the way.
  9. @Documentally Watching for the #vivobarefoot / coffee delivery test on the new shorts / the unnamed back pack & plus the great, outdoors 😊 #RiverRoam
  10. As the sun rose the scenes were stunning. Animals out feeding, boaters waking, a thin mist on the water.
  11. I past under a bridge being constructed for the new A14 diversion.
  12. The grass was wet and my feet were dry. That's the way it should be. I had a long way to go.
  13. When I remembered I shared a couple of images to instagram.
  14. My second breakfast came from the hedges. Berries, nuts and fruit were plentiful.
  15. Lots of foraging options for breakfast. :-) Some more better than others. #RiverRoam pic.twitter.com/N1tm7SazXL
  16. Keen forager and famous bassplayer Will also likes to pick a berry of two. (That's not a euphormism.)
  17. Although I didn't have to follow them strictly. these signs nice to have.
  18. I'm currently walking this path near Huntingdon should you be in the area. #RiverRoam https://t.co/QxGPXPeRxt
    I'm currently walking this path near Huntingdon should you be in the area. #RiverRoam pic.twitter.com/QxGPXPeRxt
  19. Some of the wildlife seemed a little put out by my presence.
  20. Short audio updates were easy to post to Twitter using the app VRP7. In this one I get to share a little story about a naked man on his boat.
  21. It's better to not be looking at your phone when in nature. It's puts obsticles in your way to make sure you're paying attention.
  22. I like to think these riverside overgrowths are planted strategically to smack you in the face if you look down at your phone. #RiverRoam https://t.co/wbAVJI04HN
    I like to think these riverside overgrowths are planted strategically to smack you in the face if you look down at your phone. #RiverRoam pic.twitter.com/wbAVJI04HN
  23. I reached my daily walk goal after 90 mins of exploring the river. This wasn't a race though. Just a stroll.
  24. Adrian Storey, documentary maker and friend intercepted my journey to deliver coffee, water and battery charge. Everything and all I needed.
  25. We also got to play with the Garmin Virb 360 and take a few photos.
  26. While I took a break I charged via battery and solar.
  27. I also took a small 360 but converted it to a video with the Insta360 app.
  28. After another quick photo oportunity Adrian decided to join me for a section of the walk.
  29. The day was slowly getting hotter as we explored the road ahead.
  30. Treading carefully at times.
  31. And of course logging a few moments.
  32. Terence just happened to tweet me while I was passing a bench.
  33. We wondered if he was watching us from sattelite.
  34. Then the terrain got stingy.
  35. Safly through our way opened up with some filmic vistas.
  36. Half expecting Indy to come ploughing through the bushes chased by men with swords. #RiverRoam https://t.co/aWCsBk7ZcJ
    Half expecting Indy to come ploughing through the bushes chased by men with swords. #RiverRoam pic.twitter.com/aWCsBk7ZcJ
  37. Despite the heat the Vivobarefoot's were holding up well.
  38. Pretty soon we hit the riverside tourists spots and decided to take a break for icecream.
  39. My apple watched ran out of power after 4.5 hours so I put it in my bag. (It's still there.)
  40. it was near a popular river beach that me and adrian recorded some audio before we parted company. Adrian would cycle back to Huntingdon and I would continue on.
  41. The hot got hotter and I got more thirsty. Of course I had water but I started thinking about lunch and a beer.
  42. After asking the internet where I should go the same name came up.
  43. On the way to the pub I stopped to talk to a local busker.
  44. then hot and sweaty I entered the pub.
  45. I was asked what fist stew tasted like.
  46. After an amazing meal I chatted with the locals.
  47. Just chatting to an 84 year old lady & asked her if she knew what a # was. She looked at me like I was crazy & said "#WTF of course I do." pic.twitter.com/UJHKxe5g8N
  48. Before heading back out into the sun.
  49. Glad I'd packed a hat because the road out of St Ives felt like a long slog in 40 degree heat.
  50. I recorded my thoughts in audio.
  51. The section from 14 miles onwards really started to take it's toll and I fantasised about resting in another cool pub.
  52. What time does the sunset in this part of the world? How long before I can stop walking? #RiverRoam pic.twitter.com/K2S29jIzU8
  53. I had visited the next pub I came across 5 years before and blogged about it.
  54. I was more then ready to take a break.
  55. With the heat & aches it's hard to pass any pub. It's a matter of survival. #RiverRoam https://t.co/RFIO6ZnOOL
    With the heat & aches it's hard to pass any pub. It's a matter of survival. #RiverRoam pic.twitter.com/RFIO6ZnOOL
  56. Some folk spot everything.
  57. I chatted with people who had followed the journey.
  58. The thought of a lift home from Adrian helped me to power on.
  59. Just passing the Greenwich Meridian Line. That's got to account for something right? #RiverRoam https://t.co/MefoW70tc0
    Just passing the Greenwich Meridian Line. That's got to account for something right? #RiverRoam pic.twitter.com/MefoW70tc0
  60. Five times my daily step goal came and went.
  61. Apparently I just walked five times my daily goal. Is that mean I can stay in bed for the rest of the week? #RiverRoam https://t.co/HkEW1Zvutu
    Apparently I just walked five times my daily goal. Is that mean I can stay in bed for the rest of the week? #RiverRoam pic.twitter.com/HkEW1Zvutu
  62. 12 hours plodding through undulating terrain baked by the sun. I was a little concerned that if I couldn't get to the other side of the river and into Earith I would be forced to follow the path for another two hours before I saw another road.
  63. The mozies and horseflies really plagued this stretch and saw me a east prey.
  64. I was glad for the words of encouragement.
  65. *clunk* "oh, that would be a gate." LMAO - this, thus far, has been a wonderful follow, mate. well done. stages of manic r LOL #RiverRoam  https://twitter.com/Documentally/status/902219137153421312 
  66. And then as the sun dipped in the sky I found a way across the river and headed back into civilisation.
  67. I'm having to look through hedges to see the sun now. Not long till sunset. #RiverRoam https://t.co/g4Qb1dSghz
    I'm having to look through hedges to see the sun now. Not long till sunset. #RiverRoam pic.twitter.com/g4Qb1dSghz
  68. Not all who wander are lost.
  69. You may hear in my voice how happy I was to still be on my feet come sunset.
  70. Adrian was good to his word and arrived shortly afterwards.
  71. Just as I toasted the end of the journey and the end of the day.
  72. A 22 mile walk can leave you with a thirst water alone can't quench.
  73. Thank You to everyone who chatted with me along the way!
  74. @Documentally Really enjoyed following along today. Inspired me to get out and do more myself. Thank you for sharing 👍
  75. And especially to Adrian who took some time out of his day to join me but also carry my aching body back home. (Via another pub.)
  76. 50,000 steps. A new record for me.
  77. @Documentally 22 miles in brand new, unbroken in hiking boots - how are the blisters today?
  78. The following morning my feet felt great. My hips and calves were achy but all was well.
  79. @Documentally That's immense, most I've ever done was 25k sightseeing in NYC!
  80. The only real injuries I sustained were from the insects that fed on me during the last part of the journey.
  81. Good boots, a good bag, a good bottle and the road.
  82. Where shall we go next?