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Virtual Walk Update

Friday, October 25, 2013

Last week when I blogged about my virtual walk from Lands End, Cornwall, to John O' Groats at the northern tip of Scotland, I had walked 18.28 miles.

I've had a great week, walking 23.71 miles in 6 days. My total since I started is 41.99 miles... when I added on today's walk I wished that I had walked just a few more steps to make an even 42, but in the grand scheme of things, 1/100 of a mile is neither here nor there.

Most of my walking has been on the treadmill, in the evening. I pick a program that I want to watch, do a brief warm-up, then change the speed every 0.1 mile, starting at 3.0 and going up to 3.5, then down again. Second mile I go from 3.1 to 3.6 and back, third mile 3.2 to 3.7 and back. I also increase the incline every half mile. I average an 18-minute mile over 3 miles, and with warm-up and cool-down walk for 65-75 miles.

Cornwall has some wonderful place names. I've been reading an old book by H.V. Morton called "In Search of England", and one of the places he talks about is St. Anthony in Roseland, supposedly named by Anne Boleyn who stopped there with Henry VIII on the way to St. Mawes castle where they spent their honeymoon. Other names I love are Mousehole, pronounced "Mouzell", and St. Austell, pronounced "Snozzell".

Cornwall's coves and bays provided hiding places for many pirates, and if you would like to read about them, look for "Moonfleet", which Peter studied in school.

I'm so glad that I'm doing this walk with Denise, and hope that it will help me lose some weight and tone up before Siobhan's wedding in May.

Thanks for reading,
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    This is such fun. I wish I had had a partner on my other virtual walks, but I couldn't find anyone who wanted to (virtual) walk in Russia in the winter! So I went by myself!

    I will check out that book you mentioned by HV Morton. Sounds just up my alley. I will check on That's where I buy all my books at about 99 cents+.

    I'll see you on the trail! emoticon
    1671 days ago
    Hi Gail.........
    This Virtual Walk is such a great idea, not only for the exercise, but for the history of the areas you are walking to. I should do one in Scotland, where my father's family originated. Keep up the good work.
    1672 days ago
    Wow, that is so cool!
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    1672 days ago
    I am really glad that you continue to enjoy your walk!
    I was wondering as I read your blog whether I ever mentioned to you the book 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' by Rachel Joyce? It is one of the most enjoyable books I have read these last few years, and I think you might like it too. :)
    1672 days ago
    Have fun... emoticon emoticon
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    1673 days ago
    Hi Gail,
    Love that you are enjoying your Walk .. Hope Peter is ok and all is well .
    I was brought up in the Channel Islands, which is not far off the French coast ..
    We used to travel each year up to Scotland where I was born and my grandparents lived .. So can remember quite a few places you mentioned ..
    Sending love to all. emoticon emoticon Susie xx

    1673 days ago
    It is just a great walk. I have nev er been to cornwall DH has. I have been to the South coast just before we came to US.I was about to go to bed,

    I know I owe you a note but it is a bit of a crowded life right now I will get ther.

    I am wondering why the Union Jack and whose wedding is this. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1673 days ago
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