It had to be done. I needed to get out more.
And it is done.
With Lord Elpus, Martin & Sue, Mick & Gayle, Mike Knipe and a whole load of other excellent TGO Challengers out in the Peak District this weekend at the Challenge Reunion, shame got the better of me and I beetled around my local walk - the Hemingford Round.
I have to say, this took considerable mental fortitude as I had only just cut the grass for the first time this year AND done my exercises this morning as well! Shock horror!
With Lord Elpus currently banging out twenty miles a week and now clambering over the Peak District twice in two weeks, I am concerned. It's hard enough most years; keeping up with his athleticism as he bounds across the Highlands. This year there is a whole heap of work to be done if I stand a prayer of keeping within eyeshot of his lithe frame skipping over the distant horizon.
According to Darren there are just 54 days before the TGO Challenge. I desperately need to get out more. Urgently!
And so I have elected to join Robin on a jaunt in North Wales in a fortnight's time to try out the new rucksack. Interestingly he has just bought the slightly larger version of my Osprey Exos 46 which has an additional 12 litres of roominess.
I reckon the rucksacks will pass with flying colours and I will fail miserably, stuck at the bottom of a hill in a wet bog, crying in an exhausted heap.