Second day into my holidays and what did I do? Go into work. It wasn't just a pining for work, I had arranged to go in and finish a few things off. I got kitted out as I was going for a walk straight after I finished, I just wasn't quite sure where to. I started out at about 12 o'clock and headed towards Redcar with a view to going on to Saltburn. I had toyed with this walk before but hadn't actually done it - today was the day!
After 'googlemapping' the routes, I decided what seemed like the most straight forward - the dreaded Trunk Road (cue music of dread). Everytime I go on a 5+ mile walk, I tend to discover the longest road in the world each time, but this road really was, THE LONGEST ROAD EVER! Well, ok, I exaggerate slightly, but it was pretty long! I haven't got many photos up this time, because there was nothing really to see! Once you get out of Middlesbrough centre and onto Longlands road it's all pretty boring, unless you class a (relatively) new Tesco and a lot of heavy industry as exciting. In fact, one of the highlights of the walk was being tooted by a lorry and asked if I wanted a lift into Redcar. If I hadn't have been doing what I was doing - I certainly would have accepted your offer! So thanks Mick Wood anyway! Darkness descended on the walk but I wasn't sure if that was the bad weather or the waste being pumped out by the many chimneys en route. I think a major plus side of this walk was that there was a path way from start to finish - always a bonus! Sometimes it was a little close to the road and as lorries hurtled past I was caught up in a mini sonic boom as a combination of surface water and the wind generated by their passing hit me. Overall I clocked up 10.8 miles, and was lucky enough to have dad meet me in Redcar for a lift home! It meant I was back home by 4 o'clock - and drifted off by 5. What a life!
Yesterdays quiz threw out a few more corkers - Smith knowing all about Jimmy Hoffa (exactly!), Paul showing his knowledge of Alan Titchmarsh, Col flexing his Common Market muscles and I, unfortunately knowing that the age of consent is 13 in Spain (although didn't go with the gut feeling...). What was truly amazing was that in a difficult quiz, a team scored 56 out of 60, we came in last place on 47. Still, as one of the quiz answers stated "Things can only get better"! 13 teams and a total payout of £110! Watch this space, we have extra brains next week!
A final note, to say thanks to Liam Warrillow from Birmingham. He is the first to take me up on my free poem project and donated £10 (+ gift aid) towards the Brain Research Trust. If you have not heard about it, check it out here and pass the messsage on!