Another Sunday, and another stroll. I woke up at 7:30am, and was out by 8am. Wash, dress, and grab my overnight oats, a couple of apples, and a litre of Vimto. Its the ramblers drink of choice is it not?
A drive to Ilam, park up in the National Trust carpark at the hall, eat my oats, grab my pack, and off we go.
A reasonably short, sub 7 miler today. The reason? I’d left my map on the kitchen table, in the hurry to get out. Which means that I’m obviously an ass! But still, not too bad, I kind of know the layout!
So, off up Bunster Hill, hang a left, through the pointless gate, down to the river, through a ravine type thing that reminds me of The Princess Bride, and then, back to the car via a convoluted route.
It was good, the weather held too which is always a bonus. Hit the carpark, grabbed the obligatory coffee from the shop (black filter, three sweetners please), and home in time for 13:30.
The big news was that I tried out my new shoes, after retiring my boots last week. I spent hours reading boots reviews, asking myself ‘three season or four’, setting a budget, deciding on a pair, then tied up trying to afford them.
I was reading Chris Cage’s excellent ‘How To Hike The Appalachian Trail: A Comprehensive Guide to Plan and Prepare for a Successful Thru-Hike’. And Chris (yeah, never met him, but after reading this book, I feel we’re on first name terms), talked a lot about approach shoes been a great alternative, especially for spring and summer, when its not too taxing.
So I bought a pair.
I bought them, many based on Chris’ recommendation (see, first name again), and this review. I’d seen them for £160, which is well out of my price range, but, after hunting round, managed to snag a pair for £54, including postage.
So, my La Sportiva Xplorer Approach shoes!
What were they like? Honestly, a revelation. Light, but decent enough grip to mean I wasn’t going arse over tit every 5 mins. Warm, and dry, and joy of joys, I didn’t have to change into trainers when I got back to the car. Sweet.
It was weird not having ankle support though, really weird, and certainly given rain, or wet, or indeed mud, I’m not too sure how they’d cope, but for today, really pleased with them. As I thrash them around over summer, I’ll keep on reporting back!
Anyway, heres the pics of todays walk! The bunnies are in there somewhere!!