Monday, June 05, 2023
2023 England and Scotland - Day #13 - To Carlisle
The plan for the day was for Tom and Sharon to take a taxi to Newtown. Walking from the inn, I was going to try and catch up with them.
I left just before 9 am. I retraced the three mile route back to Haytongate. I pushed hard to Newtown. When I got there, I realized that I didn't have much chance of catching them. I was about two hours and ten minutes behind them. It was over seven miles to Newtown; I had hoped it was less than six miles.
The segment from Haytongate to Newton was interesting. I walked through the middle of several working farms. At one point, I literally walked between two large dairy barns with lots of activity taking place on both sides. After Newton, the terrain started to flatten out. Hiking for almost a mile through a cut alfalfa field, I must have passed almost fifty people going the other way.
I never gave up the idea of catching Tom and Sharon until after they had lunch. I thought that they might take an extra long lunch, but I was just too far behind.
I finally stopped and had a quck late sack lunch just past Crosby-on-Eden along the river. Generally, I was disappointed with the scenery on the walk into Carlisle.
In total, I walked 17.4 miles in five hours and fifty minutes. My average pace was 20:05 minutes per mile. The splits are here. I walked the whole day by myself.
Sannas, a Sandinian Restaurant. For a starter, Sharon and I spilt BRUSCHETTA AL POMODORO [Bruschetta topped with cherry tomato, garlic, basil and a touch of pesto]. Tom, Sharon and I all had FREGOLA FRUITTI DI MARE [Traditional Sardinian fregola with king prawns, mussels, clams, and squid] for our main. I had TIRAMISÙ for dessert; I am fascinated by the number of ways that you get tiramisu.
Working back to the bed and breakfast, Tom noticed two Woodrow Wilson plaques!? [Cavendish House and Pilgrimage of the Heart]
After a long day, Sharon and I crashed early.