Earlier in the week, I took Marty out on a hike to see if we could find a circuitous route with minimal traffic – so far we’ve only been up and then down the same roads. The map said our nearest bridleway was just to the left of the next village, and that it would bring us back round in a nice loop; but when we hiked there, we realised that it was accessed from a very busy road.
As many of the public rights of way round here are either unmarked and / or inaccessible, I didn’t want to risk leading Marty down such a busy stretch in case the promised bridleway did not materialise. Fortunately Ben and his navigating skills had come with us and he suggested crossing straight over the busy road and going on a slightly longer circuit beyond. This gave us a neat, 5.5 mile loop along very quiet country lanes – apart from the busy road crossing, which we did twice, we only met two cars on the entire journey – and even gave Marty his first distant glimpse of the sea. I’m not sure he knew what he was looking at.
Ben being with us also meant we got some photos! So come along on a hike with us…
Contrary to what the images might suggest, we didn’t actually leave poor Ben trailing along behind us for the entire walk like weary paparazzi. It’s just that the ‘from behind’ shots made the better pictures!
Marty and I are both very fast walkers, though. It suits us both. I like to play a game and give “purpose” to our hikes by pretending that it’s our job to inspect the local trails and make sure everything is in order. We’re not rushing, but we can’t dawdle, either. We’ve got to get things done! Hit some targets! Maybe finally get that raise…!
Oki, maybe I’m taking this make-believe game a little too far.