Total: 211.6 miles
Percentage completed: 12.7%
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What a splendid day - I left S.P. at 8:30 - a little later than I would have liked bearing in mind the day ahead. The walk along the canal was absolutely splendid - Moorhen, coot, mallards (shagging little bastards this early in the year too!). Dog walkers, pushchairs, joggers - an amenity enjoyed to the max. It is a delightful walk - the canal has no locks, so you trundle along just soaking up the scenery and peaceful solitude, watching the early morning mist slowly burning off the Blackdowns and Quantocks.
Mud - more of it - then brambles & mud then my lovely little brother and his mate Andy picked me up to steer me to the pub at Bradford on Tone (the White Horse - two excellent pints of Otter) when Russ Manion burst through the door, having walked back down my route to meet us. It turned out that Andy was a friend of Russ's mate and so we stretched out and before we knew it were at Russ's home, a deep welcome bath and a big day over.
Good weather, excellent company and good mileage - all in all a perfect day - ooh! and hot news - another county crossed - early this morning I passed from Devon into Somerset!
Now off to the pub with Russ to sample the delights of West Monkton - just for the research, you understand'