When I read of the inauguration of The Wales Coast Path I immediately decided that I wanted to complete the trek, and now some years on from that initial decision I more or less have a plan in place that now includes adding the short trek along Offa’s Dyke to complete the round trip and take the total miles walked over the 1,000 mark to 1,047. However, I guess I will not know for certain until I reach the end of the Wales Coast Path whether I still have the legs to walk another nine or ten days. Living in Colombia means that it’s a fair way to travel and it therefore makes sense to combine the two treks and thus kill two birds with one stone or get more blisters with the same pair of walking boots!
Fortunately a company in North America, Alps Mountaineering, have kindly donated a lightweight tent and sleeping bag for the trip—I intend combining camping with the occasional rest in a hostel or cheap hotel—and a company in Scotland, Bute Island Foods, who produce vegan cheeses which they call sheese, have given me some money and have agreed to provide me with some of their vegan cream cheeses and cheese slices for my sandwiches during the trek. I still hope to get more sponsorship though I know it is not going to be easy as it seems many people approach companies every day seeking help.
Whatever happens I know the Wales Coast Path will wait for me and when I finally start putting one foot in front of the other it is going to be an experience to compare with my trip round South America when I was a mere sapling ash, lean and flexible, rather than the gnarled oak I am today.