73 – Bournemouth

It was a short walk today.

We zipped up Bournemouth Pier.

We looked east.

View East from Bournemouth PierAnd then we looked west.

View West from Bournemouth PierWe zipped back down the pier.

I stopped to take a picture of a strange ball bearing-like thing which sat on a roof.

Strange Giant Ball BearingAnd that was largely it.  As we reached Alum Chine Deb said she could go no further.  Her back was twinging.  About 10 years before she had prolapsed three disks and spent several months in and out of hospital.  We knew now to be very careful and called today’s proceedings to a halt.  We didn’t know it at the time, but our walking for this summer was pretty much at an end.  Deb had a prolapse relapse several days later.  She managed to stay out of hospital but couldn’t do much for a couple of months.  Even when she was able to walk distances again we decided to spend the rest of the summer strengthening her back rather than pushing on.

As I walked back to get the car there were powerboats racing up and down the seafront.  It looked more fun out there than where we were right now, I thought.


Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):

  • Bournemouth Pier:  N 50° 42.863 W 001° 52.490
  • Alum Chine:  N 50° 42.680 W 001° 53.752

Walk #73 Statistics:

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8 Responses to 73 – Bournemouth

  1. Jill says:

    I love the ball-bearing thing – it reminds me of the Bean in Chicago
    (not that I’ve seen it in person… I would like to someday tho’!)

    I can totally empathize with your wife… I had ruptured a disc and it
    has changed my life forever 😦 I hope she is feeling better soon!

  2. Oh dear. So sorry to hear about your wife. How frustrating and painful. I hope – as we’ve now reached ‘the end of the summer’ – she’s on the way to recovery.

    • Wingclipped says:

      Well on her way, thanks Ruth. We were dreading a repeat of the original problem 10 years ago but in fact this episode was quickly identified and dealt with. We are not yet back up to full walking steam but we’ve done the next couple of stages and are looking forward to a bit more in half term. Nic

  3. Sorry to hear the medical news. Fingers crossed for a good recovery – I hesitate to say speedy (though I wish that, of course), because in practical terms it rarely is with backs… Hope in due course you’ll all be zooming happily round the edge of Britain from where you’ve left off… RH

    • Wingclipped says:

      Thanks RH – as you say, once a back goes that’s that. Still, we know the signs well now and managed to get this one dealt with before we went on our summer holiday (which was quite an active one) so all was ok in the end. Nic

  4. jcombe says:

    Sorry to hear this. So near to the South West Coast Path too. Still you can look forward to it next year, hopefully.

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