When we reached Beaulieu, the others plodded on while I stopped to take a photo. After all, it really is quite a beautiful place.
As I stood still for a quiet moment and took in the view I heard my wife calling me. There was a sound of urgency in her voice. I turned and looked. She was standing on the pavement a couple of hundred feet away. The traffic had stopped. She was looking at me wide eyed, beckoning frantically. She called again. There was something in the road. A large lorry was at the head of the queue of cars. I couldn’t see the kids. All of a sudden I realised something was wrong. I sprinted over. My GPS at this point registered 10.9 miles per hour against an average of 2.3 miles per hour over the day as a whole. You can see the spike in the graph HERE.
My wife was standing on the pavement to other side of the road. I turned my head in both directions quickly, choosing a small gap in the still-moving traffic on my side and dashing over. Where were the kids? All of a sudden I saw them, standing next to my wife. A flash of emotion pulsed inside me – relief that my kids were safe, yet a split-second, passing sense of anger that there had been any suggestion that they were not.
Of course, there had been no such suggestion. I had misinterpreted my wife’s frantic gestures (misinterpreting Deb’s gestures is a speciality of mine). What she was waving me over for was this photo opportunity:
Such is daily life in the New Forest…
Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Cow in Road: N 50° 49.152 W 001° 27.075
Walk #69 Statistics (of which this post forms the fourth part):
- Date of Walk: 14 April 2014
- Walk #69 total distance covered: 16.91 miles
- Coast of Britain Walk Total Distance Covered: 593.35 miles
- CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO INTERACTIVE MAP!!!