So Saturday was to be one of them long walk days - a 10+ mile walk to the Hartlepool match. Alas, it wasn't to be. It was me and Dad today, and we had planned to walk to Middlesbrough, then over the transporter bridge and on into Hartlepool. The transporter opened at 9:30am and I rang to check if it was operational, which it was, so we were almost set. I checked the route and it turned out it was a longer route than my previous Hartlepool walk (13.3miles), this was nearer 14 miles! By the time we were all ready it was 10am, and by my reckoning, 14 miles would take about 5 hours, that meant we would arrive at about 3pm - kick off time. Not wanting to take this risk we decided to get the train to Seaton Carew and walk from there. It turned out to be a lovely day weather wise. The sun was shining, the beach was nice, we even seen the Seaton Carew palm trees! It could almost have been romantic, only I was with Dad and not Nat, and yes, we fought off the urge to skip hand in hand along the front.
It was only about 3 or 4 miles to walk, then after mooching around town, and watching the early kick off, we headed to the ground. Buoyed by our 4 match unbeaten run, the bubble was soon popped as a sixth minute penalty was converted for them. It was, amazingly, the tenth home penalty conceded. It looked inevitable that we would be beaten until we broke through on the 88th minute to equalise. More excitement was to come as Luke James hit a 95th minute winner to send The Vic crazy. It took us off the foot of the table for the first time since October! Who knows, we may even stay up at this rate, hence the great escape.
Sunday was a day of relative rest. Chris had come back home, and must have been feeling flush with Angolan Kwanza's - he even got the teas in at the parish hall after church! Seriously though, we did have a run out to (possibly) the greatest shop ever, Go Outdoors, and Chris further helped me in the walk with a good kitting out, thanks very much! I spent the rest of the evening trying to fix up a bookcase from Argos - it took slightly longer than I had estimated. In the words of the legendary Brain Anderson "When will they ever learn?"
It has been a good week walk wise, I have had my first real run through of one the days and realised it is going to be tough, and that was one of the 'relaxing' days of the walk. I also had an article printed by North Tees Hospital after going for an interview there. Thanks to both Mark for arranging and Claire at North Tees. The article can be read by clicking here. Hopefully there will be a bit more good news later in the week too.