Today's news? We booked our flights to London. O. M. G. No matter how many times I go walking, I still look forward to going again. I will not be able to stop just because I come to the end of what is ultimately an arbitrary destination (Land's End to John O'Groats, see my progress so far here). To date I have walked a total of 1471.9 kilometers in a circuitous, or winding more accurately, route from Land's End to Inversnaid, a tiny, hard to reach, village on the edge of Loch Lomond in Scotland. This year I am taking the boy. Previously I have always walked alone. This will be interesting. It will completely change the dynamic. Frankly, I am scared. I am sure he is a little as well. If, for some reason, one of us 'disappears' during the walk, my suggestion would be to search bogs for bodies. Inversnaid is a village on the West Highland Way—one of the many long distance walks which along with country roads and public right-of-way paths, have formed my patched-together route. The next day after Inversnaid is said to be one of the hardest. A walk along a path with a cliff going up on the right of you, and a cliff going down on the left. Possibly not the best day for a novice to start on, and so we are going to start the West Highland Way again from Milngavie (pronounce mull-guy). That will give us a five day warm-up before what is described in the literature as 'by far the roughest section of the Way, where the path makes a tortuous route along the side of Loch Lomond with many ups and downs'. I must try to remember (because I never have a guide book on me—too heavy) that at one point on this day there is a signal that calls a ferry to come and take you over to the town of Ardlui where we can either give up for the day, or at least have beer. I was planning to tell you more about the flight we booked, but I tend to run off at the mouth about the walking whenever I possibly can. And I was going to tell you about the safety videos on Air New Zealand, the airline we used for our American trip, by tenuous links that go like this: we booked our trip to London; we booked premium ecomony with Virgin Atlantic (eek, sorry credit card); we booked that because we loved the skycouch on Air New Zealand so much that we can't go back to sitting next to strangers; Air New Zealand has the most amazing safety videos; let me tell you about them. But I have spoken enough this post and that will be another thing you will need to wait for. Sorry.
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