LEJOG02: Treen to Hayle

Apologies for the delay, this is down to technical and logistical difficulties. The blog’s currently running a day behind, but hopefully I should have this sorted by tomorrow evening.

The second day was different from the first due to the constant rain which fell out of the sky all day. This was a day that would put most people off the idea of walking fullstop.

This completely changed the experience of walking along the coast. The craggy cliffs which yesterday appeared to be luxuriously streteched out in the water and snoozing in the sun were now glistening and fierce. The rocks were all teeth, as if the cliffs themselves were trying to ward off the weather, or maybe taking the brunt of it before it got to the little people inland.

This made them a bugger to walk on cos they were so slippy. It didn’t help that the zennor to st ives section we were walking on was notoriously one of the most difficult stretches-half the time it felt like rock climbing, the other half rock descending. I was constantly failing over, one time drawing blood (or first blood as I like to dramatize it), another almost failing head over heels down a fern covered hill into the sea. I think Jenna almost shat herself at this point, understandably.

All the while the rain continued, until there was very little of us left dry. There’s only so much waterproof and breathable fabrics can do to keep you dry, after a while they just keep you warm. We arrived into st Ives with our sodden baggy multi-coloured rain wear looking like a couple of power rangers who’d let themselves go.

However it wasent so bad from this point. Not because the rain let up, which of didn’t, but because the cliffs had been replaced by amazing golden beaches. The precipitation in the air actually created a beautiful haze that blurred the line between sand, sea and air, turning the bays into living water colour pictures. This reminded me that you can’t let rain stop a good walk, because the land can be just if not more amazing when it’s pissing down.

After St Ives we passed through some pretty pointless industrial and suburban landscapes, and then had to leave a little before our intended spot due to public transport deficiencies.

Issues with the rain continued throughout the night due to us having to deal with an imcreasing amount of soggy stuff. However, it did give me an idea of the challenges I’d face when it rained and it was just me, so in a sense this was a worthwile preparation.

However, I was now behind after only two days and my boots were wet already. What would happen next?

3 Responses to “LEJOG02: Treen to Hayle”

  1. 1 Jenna April 14, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    ahem.. it was actually treen to hayle. div 😉

  2. 2 Jenny April 15, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I just checked where you were on the live tracking thingamabob and it says you’re in the sea!!! Hope this isn’t the case and you haven’t been blown off a cliff or something.

    Just had a proper read of your blog site for the first time and it’s really good. Looking forward to getting the next installment. Ooh! It’s like a soap opera!

    Ps. I have a spare patch of grass for you to pitch your tent on at this lovely converted barn I’m staying at in the Peak District at the beginning of May. You are more than welcome…

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