21 thoughts on “Roll call”

  1. G’day Janus, I’m still in Brissie, the best city in the best state of Orstrayia. Our leader has just arrived in Amsterdam, after a two-week cruise from Budapest; Gatwick tomorrow.

    Christopher, I rather liked Dorset when I lived there, in Bryanston (“Bri-AN-stn”), just outside Blandford Forum. But each to his own! 😎

  2. Hello Janus, still here in Catalonia, Costa Dorada. Apart from the odd trip to the mountains or holidays abroad, I will be here until cremation, either by AGW or Spanish crem. No plans to move ever again, after twenty five years bombing around Europe.

  3. Residence currently just outside the M25, close to the Great North Road, but

    I belong to Glasgow,
    Dear old Glasgow town …

  4. Hath bew yn Kernow, Janus (and I had to look that up in the dictionary ! ) How’s life in the New Forest suiting you?

  5. Still in The Cave, howling at the moon on a high hill far from the tourists and assorted summer complaints. Ten kilometres to the Atlantic and forty to the Guadiana river which separates us from the Thpanish, thank God.


  6. jhl, moi forest be Ashdown, as in Pooh! And very genteel living it be, thank ye for asking.

  7. OZ, my wife and I are walking the Iberian coast. In October we will have Catalonia completed and be slowly heading down your way. If we live long enough we should reach the Guadiana River, and if really lucky, which I doubt, will complete the circle. Of course, we need also to get the Pyrenees completed before the knees give out.

  8. Gazoopi, there will be a bottle or three of Portuguese beer to lubricate the knees when you make it to Ayamonte. Just pop over the bridge to Vila Real de Santo Antonio and give me a call.


  9. Well thank you OZ. That is an excellent offer I can’t refuse.
    Will you still be there around 2025-2030, which is roughly when we will reach you at our current rate?

  10. It is my stated wish to be carried from The Cave and off the hill paws upward, so if all goes well I will still be here in 2025 and beyond. Your expedition sounds fascinating. Have you thought of sharing your experiences with Charioteers and the wider world?


  11. I have shared them mostly on Facebook, as I have a very large family, but no further as yet.
    My wife writes it up in her articles for her “scrapbook”, perhaps a good idea to put some of them on The Chariot.
    We just did the Costa Brava this year. An absolutely stunning contrast of wonderful landscapes, georgeous old villages and bloody horrible tourist places.

  12. Gazoopi, an old school friend of mine is currently walking through Italy on his way to Rome. He started in Weybridge, Surrey, back in May. So far England, France, Switzerland and now Italy. Last year he walked from Geneva to Finis Terre. He reckons, somewhat profoundly, that the journey begins when he gets back home. As much as I would have liked to experience a pilgrimage like that, I am not sure I would be willing to stick it out for 2,000 km.

  13. Sipu, there is something very revealing about long hikes. We are amateurs as we only go three or four days per month. We have talked about going off for months, like your friend, but you know how it is, the cat, the garden, etc etc.
    We find that walking, apart from the obvious health and fitness benefit, has something unplanned happening every day. Meeting people, seeing the landscape in slow motion, eating in local restaurants. My wife and I often bicker when cooped up in our house, but when we are out hiking we drop into a very pleasant air of tranquility and chat for hours on end.
    We just hope that the legs don’t give up on us any time soon.

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