And So The Story Ends

Good Morning World and thanks for tuning in to the penultimate post day here on Planet Magnet. After this post there will be only one more and that won’t be for a couple of weeks as I tell the story of my walk along Britain’s oldest Road.

That means this is post number 499!

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Quite an incredible feat but one that I suppose I am quite proud to have achieved.

I have always said that I would share my life with you guys for the next 499 posts, after which I would walk the Ridgeway for the Charity HENRY and make my 500th and final post about that very walk.

It is hard to consider the person I was when I started out on the journey. Some people don’t even recognise me as I have changed so much physically, others don’t recognise me because I have changed so much mentally.

Regardless of which is more significant I think we must all agree that since my surgery and subsequent life change, this person…

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Is no longer anything like this person….

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If we consider way back when I started this little blog after advice to do so, I was incredibly unfit, unhappy, lonely, I was letting life pass me by and I was disengaged.

No more though.

What a difference 18mths and the help and support of medical professionals and all of you guys here on Word Press who come to read my words every day. Some of you read quietly and fly under the radar and some of you read and comment and encourage. Regardless of which camp you fall into, I appreciate you all so very very much and I thank you all very much from the bottom of my heart.

You guys have made the incredible challenge of 499 posts a possibility and I am so happy that I have completed what I set out to do I think all I need do now is wish myself Bon Voyage, Bon Chance and Bon Temps for the next week of walking. You will be able to follow my updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…..

So until I write and publish the story of my walk, I shall leave you with these words from T.S Elliots Little Gidding (pointed TO me by Osyth from Half Baked in Paradise but here mixed up by ME) and hopefully they will sum up all I have been trying to say…

“To make an end is to make a beginning so always remember last years thoughts belong to last years language whereas next years words await another voice”

So ’till the last time,

Stay out of the fridge.

P.S. Don’t forget to follow this link and donate to my just giving page.

A Final Video Blog Farewell.

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet.

Today we start the week with just 6 more posts (including this one) remaining until I leave for my epic walk where I shall record the final chapter of this blog by telling you all about my journey along the Ridgeway.

However, today I shall simply be talking about the blog and how I would never have dreamed I would ever reach the stage that I have today including all other sundry items along the way….

So carry on and watch, see what you can see and let me know what you think in the comments….

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

P.S Don’t forget to follow this link and donate to my just giving page…..

Itinerary and Invitations!!

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet!

Today we are once again nearing the end of the week and so as we start to wind down for the Bank Holiday (here in the UK at least…) I have decided it is the right time to be telling you guys where I will be on each day of my walk and how to join me should you wish and I sincerely do hop you do wish to join me because I would love as many people along for the ride as possible so please please please do try your best to join me on at least one or two of the days….. 🙂

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The Itinerary has landed.
This coming June the 12th I shall be starting to walk the Ridgeway over the following week. If you would like to join me at ANY point of this walk then please just get in touch but for now I have a list of where I will be walking each day.
Sunday June 12th – Walk starts at Ivinghoe Beacon near Tring.
This day I will be walking to Wendover.
This is an 11 mile walk and so is possibly the best day for most people to come and enjoy the expected good weather and not feel like they are having to walk too far.
I shall be leaving Ivinghoe Beacon at approximately 9:30 to 10am and expect to arrive in Wendover at approximately 14.30 to 15.00.
I recommend that anyone coming arranges lifts with friends and you maybe attempt to leave one car at Wendover and another at Ivinghoe so you can get back once the walk is finished….. 😉
Please bring your own water and food for the walk as I will be unable to provide these two very important elements.
Alternatively please simply come to wave me off and say Good Bye, Bon Voyage and Farewell!!
Monday June 13th – Wendover to Watlington. This is 17.5 mile day and I expect to be leaving Wendover at 9am and arriving in Watlington at approximately 17:00
Tuesday June 14th – Watlington to Goring and Streatley. This is a 15 mile day. Again I shall be leaving at approximately 9am and expecting to arrive at Goring and Streatley by about 16:00
Wednesday June 15th – Goring and Streatley to Sparsholt Firs. This is a 17.5 mile day and I expect to be leaving Goring and Streatley again at approximately 9am and arriving in Sparsholt at around 17:00 once again.
Thursday June 16th – Sparsholt Firs to Ogbourne St George. This is a 15.5 mile day. Again I hope to start at around 9am and expect to finish at around 16:00 in Ogbourne St George.
Friday June 17th – Ogbourne St George to Overton Hill. This is a very short day of 9miles and to be honest I had planned on walking this section with Archie the Dog and no one else, but if you feel you would like to help me cross the finish line instead of see me over the finish line then you are more than welcome to join me. I expect again to be leaving at about 9am and hope to be crossing the finish line at about 13.30pm.
For exact locations of the starting and stopping points please read on.
Start – Ivinghoe Beacon
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The meeting point will be Ivinghoe Beacon National Trust Car Park HP4 1NF (nearest postcode)
The end point will be be Wendover itself as the Ridgeway actually cuts through the town.
Day Two – Wendover
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There is a car par local to this and there are plenty of sign posts on how to get to the Ridgeway from the town so you cannot go wrong….
The end point will be Watlington. Again there will be signs up to the Ridgeway from the the centre of the town.
Day Three – Watlington
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Again park in Watlington and make your way up to the Ridgeway. Again plenty of signposts so very little chance of going wrong!
The end point will be Goring and Streatley as you will start to follow the River Thames (strangely enough, another walk known as the Thames Path is on the other side of the river!) We plan to end this day at The Swan in Streatley just before the bridge into Goring.
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Day Four – Streatley.
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Again we shall meet at the Swan Inn in Streatley and head off toward Sparsholt Firs. Sparsholt Firs can be found on the B4001 out of Wantage.
Day Five – Sparsholt Firs
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Meeting and parking at Sparsholt Firs is quite easy to do so with plenty of room. We finish this day at Foxhill which is easily found off of Callas Hill out of Wanborough. There is a car park there so plenty of parking and easy to collect – Grid Ref SU 233 815
Day Six – Foxhill

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Meeting at Foxhill for the final day shall bring the walk to a close at Overton Hill. This is the end of the Ridgeway and can be found just off of the A4 near West Kennet.

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This brings the walk to a close and I hope as many of you can join me as is humanly possible. Please do come and walk, whether it be an hour, a day or more, I would love to have you with me 🙂

And don’t forget, if you haven’t already donated, please do so by going to http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cameron-mcculloch

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

The Video (B)Log Continues…

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. I hope today finds you as happy and relaxed as me and maybe even wearing your glasses as I must now do in order to see nearly everything I look at.

Oh I am falling apart.

Well, probably not….

Today I have another video to share with you so sit back and relax and see if you can understand what I am talking about….

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

Well We Are Still Waiting…

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet.

Today sees the British weather back to it’s usual tricks with the sun a long forgotten memory as it has rained continually for the past three days. Still, nothing that we aren’t used to and if it does all of it’s raining this month then at least there will be no more raining next month when I am walking……

Yes that’s right.

You heard me correctly.

Although I am STILL waiting my appointments with both the Blood people and my G.P, I have decided that there will be a walk starting on June the 17th from Ivinghoe Beacon and I would love as many people to come along as can possibly manage it. It would be great if you walked a little way with me but I will understand fully if you simply want to wave me off whilst muttering “good riddance and glad to see the back of him” under your breath… 😉

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Charity Sure Does Begin At Home…

Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet.

Today I am extremely busy with the charity work and to that end I am afraid we will not be writing much at all.

I honestly had no idea how much time this thing would take to arrange and I am only doing a small part of it! The day just slips by so quickly and I end up chasing my tail simply trying to get back in front of my day so I can get the things done that I may have wanted to do in the first place!

Anyway, I am afraid that is all for now but trust you understand that there is little else I can do because I like most, only have the one brain and that has never been good at multitasking as it is…..

But don’t forget, whilst I am doing this you can always help a little by going to my Go Fund me page or my Just Giving page and making a small donation….

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

Go Fund Me….

A very quick post today guys as I am a little snowed under with all of this charity stuff so I am struggling to make sense of what I have one and what I still have to do. Know this though, regardless of done or to do, the list is long for both…!

The thing that has just hit me after spending £220 on some walking kit for my training walks is just how expensive it is going to be. Because of this I have had to take some action and after extensive searching I figure Go Fund Me might be the answer as I will need help from as many people as I can possibly get.

To that end I have decided to try out this go fund me page and see if I can raise something towards the £2000 I believe it will cost me to do this entire event with support.

Please take a look and if you think you may be able to spare a little cash then please do so and hopefully it will lighten my burden.

As ever guys, you people are amazing so I shall leave you to your own devices and the weekend.

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge

 

The Sunday Stroll Is Purely Belter!

Good morning everyone!

On this Monday I am pleased to be here announcing to the world that I am feeling great after a lovely walk with Archie the Dog and not having been anywhere near alcohol for over a week.

I shall be attempting my first Power-walk in over a week and so shall report on it for you tomorrow.

For now though, let me tell you about our walk yesterday…. 🙂

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