The Wrong Day For A Sunday Stroll

Sorry for the lateness of this post, I have no idea what when wrong but it didn’t launch for some reason.

Anyway, here it is…

But because yesterday was a such a lovely day (no really, it was … 😉 ) I decided to take full advantage of it and went for a gentle but fairly lengthy stroll with Archie the dog along part of the Ridgeway that I plan to follow when on my charity walk next year. It was a very enjoyable walk with plenty to see and plenty of distance to tire out mine and Archie’s legs. To be honest, he doesn’t do too well in the warm weather and even though he put on an early spurt, he was flagging after only 1 km. Still we made it through and now I would like to share the lovely walk with you guys.

We set off at about 9.45 and made our way up to the Ridgeway to start the walk at a place called Scutchamer Knob (known locally as Scotsman’s Knob.. 😉 )

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Which looks like this:

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But we soon got going and Archie was blazing a trail in no time:

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Up here you would never dream that you are only a few miles from industry such as the old Power Station in Didcot and you can nearly see the three remaining towers standing around in the background of the picture (almost dead centre):

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And like I said, it wasn’t long before the little man was flagging:

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Still it gave me time to take this amazing panoramic shot:

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Before we ventured on a little further along the trail that did appear to be stretching out ahead in a never ending vista:

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But it wasn’t long before we got to the point where we needed to turn off and head down toward the villages that follow the bottom of the hills, but just before we did, Archie took the opportunity to have a cool down in an improvised pool:

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Still fair play to him because it obviously worked and when we got into the shaded footpath off of the trail, he was like a new dog and was once again leading the way:

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Into shaded glen’s that Robin Hood might once have songs regaled about him….

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On the next part of the walk we started heading into horse country even passing a race circuit that is used once a year on the May Bank Holiday for something called the Point To Point:

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And of course all of this happens through fields:

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Upon fields:

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Upon fields!:

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Until you come to one of the most peculiar things I have ever seen. Now bear in mind this must be at least a mile from civilisation, but what on earth are these two brick made facades set into the bottom of a wooded hollow? Very weird if you ask me…! (Photo taken on an earlier walk when there was no greenery hiding the arches!)

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After the excitement of the weird and wonderful, we then get set for the long straight road home with Archie cooler now and able to forge ahead:

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But we still had time to take in some more wonderful scenery:

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And meet some of the locals:

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All hoping that one day they might be as famous as this chap (Best Mate), and one day win the Grand National:

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Or at least get to have a go on the little practise fences a little further on:

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And that final shot takes me almost to my destination, so I’m hoping that you reading this short post might give you an idea of how lovely it is around here when the sun shines. And believe me when I say the sun was shining.

I have the bright red face to prove it!

FOOD DIARY: Wednesday June 3rd 2015

Qty Measure Food Calories (gr) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)
Breakfast  1  Biscuit Weetabix  68  2.3  13  0.5
 1 Handfull  Blueberry’s  30  0  0  0
 1  25gms  Rachels Yogurt  32.3  0.9  3  1.75
 1  75mls  Semi Skimmed Milk  37.5  2.7  1.4  3.1
Total (gr)
Lunch  3 Mini Muffins Egg, Cottage Cheese and Ham Mini Quiche Muffins  195  26  6  6
 1  250mls  Upbeat Protein Drink  145  20  12  2
Total (gr)
Dinner  1/3  330gms  Homemade Pizza  284  23  15  14
Total (gr)
Snacks  1  400mls  Tea  24  0  6  0
 1  400mls  Americano  36  2 0  0
Total (gr)  851.8  76.9  56.4  27.35
Water  1  500mls  Mineral Water  0  0  0  0

Today is a rest day for me which is just as well because I am pretty much totalled after the walk I took along the Ridgeway and down to civilisation only to follow it up with a session in the Gym! And as it is a rest day, I am going to try to do just that and rest although I do have a trip to the Churchill hospital to meet the Dietician and the Bariatric Nurse at 11am. I have some questions for the Dietician about my nutrition because although I am eating well and have what could be considered a healthy balanced diet, I have to confess to feeling as if my legs are filled with lead somedays. This is something we shall discuss and I shall also ask if there is maybe a supplement I should be taking in order to pep myself up a bit.

Yesterday’s trip to the Gym had me doing my 15 minutes bicycle and although I tried to manage 5 minutes stepping machine I simply couldn’t because my legs were just too tired! I did manage to get a full set of weights which once again looked like this:

  1. 3 x 15 Reps 30kg Abductor machine
  2. 3 x 15 Reps 30kg Adductor machine
  3. 3 x 20 Reps 30kg Abdominal Crunch machine
  4. 3 x 20 Reps 30kg Lower Back machine
  5. 3 x 15 Reps 25kg Cable Row
  6. 3 x 15 Reps 7.5kg Shoulder Press
  7. 3 x 20 Reps 30kg Chest Press
  8. 3 x  Reps 30kg Pec Deck
  9. 3 x 20 Reps 20kg Tricep Pull Down
  10. 2 x 20 Reps 7.5kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
  11. 3 x 20 Standing Oblique Bar Twists

The walk itself was quite mercurial from where I am standing. Okay to some it may not look like a great deal but believe me when I tell you by the time I got back, I was broken, completely.

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This distance along with my normal days movements left me with a pretty amazing jawbone reading of:

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So all in all a pretty good day I should say. Archie had a good time as did I and as I say, I was able to make it to the gym afterward so maybe things are becoming more focussed in my daily fitness as well as my diet, only time will tell but we are looking good at present.

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

2 thoughts on “The Wrong Day For A Sunday Stroll

  1. John Hedgecock says:

    The brick facades are what’s left of Lockinge Kiln
    As a Ridgeway Volunteer – I helped to put in the two signs in your pictures (they’re made of recycled plastic)
    You nearly passed the house where I live – glad you had a good walk – it’s a lovely area!
    Regards
    John

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    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      Thank you SO MUCH Prog! I have been wracking my brains for a couple of years now trying to work out what they were!
      I love this neck of the woods (so to speak) and never get bored with the views or the walks. I honestly believe we live in one of the best places in the U.K.
      Lucky People!

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