T minus 3 days till the Great Long Walk of 2018 takes place. This year I’ll be walking from the tip of Cape Cod to the Sagamore Bridge at the base of the Cape (about 68 miles total – I’ll be adding a few small detours from what Google Maps says.)
I’ll be walking alone for this one (not worried, there aren’t too many roads on the Cape so people will see me), but I’m also not going to be stupid. Yesterday I purchased a whistle and I’m going to be carrying a metal walking stick. (I’d like to say that it’s for protection but I’m also sure that I’ll be using it on hills and at the end of the day.)
I went back and forth on shoes. For the 2016 walk I wore sneaks and I shredded the tendon on the top of my foot (from walking on the roads’ inclines for so many miles.) I came very close to having surgery on that injury.
For 2017 I switched to hiking boots and ended up with 9 of the most painful blisters I’ve ever had -truly impressive.
The Cape is relatively flat. I’ve decided to go back to sneakers for this one (Saucony – which fit me well) and I’ll be packing bandages for any blisters that may occur. The goal is to walk 14 miles a day which may not sound like too much, but remember I’ve already gone beyond the time when my docs said I wouldn’t be able to walk anymore and would need a total knee(s).
This is why I continue to walk – because, for now anyway, I can.
And I will continue until the day that I can’t.
The weather isn’t going to be that great, rain is predicted for 3 of the 5 days I’ll be walking. I’m not afraid of getting wet, but cold is not my friend so I’m trying to figure out a layering system that will work. My last two walks were in the middle of August and as a result I’ve only done this in hot, hot, weather. It might be nice to have it be a little cooler (as long as it’s not frigid.)
And even though there has ever been only one bear sighting on the Cape (people think it swam over) I will keep the bear bells on my pack.
One can never be too careful when it comes to bears.
I will have access to the internet and will be making regular updates on this blog and on Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/wendy.thomas1)
I will also be updating on Twitter @WendyENThomas with the hashtag #LongWalk2018
This year, I’m trying to juggle a few things (for one I’m on the ballot for State Rep for Merrimack, NH) but I still wanted to get another big walk in.
Unfortunately, my regular walking buddy – Griffin is bowing out this year.
But I’m not.
So on Friday September 28th, I’ll be walking from the tip of Cape Cod to the base (Sagamore Bridge.)
It’s about 68 miles and I plan to do it in 5 days which means about 14 miles a day. My knees are bothering me a little more this year (damn that age thing, but I’ll keep doing big walks for as long as I can) but as the Cape is relatively flat (compared to New Hampshire) and the weather should be cooler, I think it’s totally doable.
Although I may have a few people joining me on various days, for the most part I’ll be walking alone.
Not in the least bit worried. I have a support team who will be keeping an eye on me and I have found the people of Cape Cod to be nothing but supportive and friendly. I plan to bring notebooks – I’ll take tons of photos.
And I plan to talk to many in order to hear what their stories are.
So that I can share them with you.
As an aside, when I entered my start and stopping destinations in Google Maps, this is the route it gave me for my walk.
I’m good, but I’m not that good. 🙂
Griffin and I are back from our 2017 Border-to-border New Hampshire walk. As always we returned with lots of lessons learned. I’ll be writing up our adventures (just like I did from last year’s), but for now here are some tips for anyone who might be planning day-long walks.
Related: Always stash toilet paper and napkins in your pack. Often when you drink that amount of water quickly, you need to pee. Out of necessity, true hikers learn how to quickly pee in the woods.
Last night Griffin and I figured out the route we’re going to take for this year’s NH border-to-border (width) walk. We’ve allowed 9 days (plus one extra if needed) to cover a little over 100 miles. If you remember, last year’s walk did a job on our bodies and while we had a wonderful time, it was a little painful. This year we’re limiting the daily mileage to allow our bodies a chance to recuperate each day. As we will also be walking close to our home (and because where we are walking, in some places there aren’t any hotels) we will be picked up and will sleep at our house during the middle days. We’ll be dropped off in the morning where we left off so that we can continue.
This time we are older and wiser. Expect less in our packs, better choice of clothing, and some extra time to explore each area. We will start at the New Hampshire/Vermont border and will walk to the New Hampshire/Ocean border in Portsmouth where we’ll celebrate with a lobster roll.
More information will be shared as it is known, but for now all systems are go and we have a start date.
Note: this schedule is subject to change.
|Day||Start||Stop||Dist (miles)||Total Miles||Sleeping|
|Friday 8/4||236-262 Franklin Pierce Hwy, West Chesterfield, NH 03466||Days Inn Keene NH, 3 Ash Brook Rd, Keene, NH 03431||12.9||12.9||Days Inn|
|Saturday 8/5||Days Inn Keene NH, 3 Ash Brook Rd, Keene, NH 03431||The Harrisville Inn, 797 Chesham Rd, Harrisville, NH 03450||12.0||24.9||The Harrisville Inn|
|Sunday 8/6||The Harrisville Inn, 797 Chesham Rd, Harrisville, NH 03450||Hancock Inn, 33 Main St, Hancock, NH 03449||8.8||33.7||Hancock Inn|
|Monday 8/7||Hancock Inn, 33 Main St, Hancock, NH 03449||Crotched Mountain Resort, 740 2nd NH Turnpike S, Francestown, NH 03043||11.3||45||Crotched Mountain Resort|
|Tuesday 8/8||Crotched Mountain Resort, 740 2nd NH Turnpike S, Francestown, NH 03043||French & Rising Funeral Home, 17 S Mast St, Goffstown, NH 03045||12.9||57.9||Home|
|Wednesday 8/9||French & Rising Funeral Home, 17 S Mast St, Goffstown, NH 03045||433-427 Manchester Rd, Auburn, NH 03032||11.9||69.8||Home|
|Thursday 8/10||433-427 Manchester Rd, Auburn, NH 03032||Raymond, New Hampshire||11.4||81.2||Home|
|Friday 8/11||Raymond, New Hampshire||Newfields, New Hampshire||12.7||93.7|
|Saturday 8/12||Newfields, New Hampshire||Portsmouth, New Hampshire||11||104.7||Home|
|Sunday 8/13||EXTRA IF NEEDED||EXTRA IF NEEDED||EXTRA IF NEEDED||EXTRA IF NEEDED||EXTRA IF NEEDED|