A peaceful night and no motivation problems this morning, although still the niggling ache behind my right shoulder blade – ho hum! Weather was cool and dry for what appeared to be an almost straight line 18 miles up and along Wenlock Edge to Craven Arms. I was expecting great views of Wales to the northwest and Shropshire/Worcestershire to the southeast. Whilst the initial paths were good and I got the occasional glimpse of distant hills, the opportunities were few and far between. The day became a pleasant woodland hike interspersed with the odd summer meadow . Gradually for some reason the paths deteriorated into muddy mess and my boots ended the day dirtier than they have been on the entire trek so far.
I met a lovely couple Edward and Deborah Cole who are walking LEJOG in stages over several years and are aiming to get to the Pennine Way this time. We had a really nice chat and they gave me £20 for PCUK – amazing!
Eventually I left the woods and strode the final 3 miles or so down into Craven Arms where a mildly distressed explained the latest traumas with Betty (no speedometer and engine warning light coming on far too regularly – we hope its just electrical fault).
Our first Britstop tonight at the Stokesay Arms – good WIFI so using it to the full!