It was a short walk today.
We zipped up Bournemouth Pier.
We looked east.
I stopped to take a picture of a strange ball bearing-like thing which sat on a roof.
And 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:
- Date of Walk: 31 May 2014
- Walk #73 total distance covered: 3.66 miles
- Coast of Britain Walk Total Distance Covered: 626.31 miles
- CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO INTERACTIVE MAP!!!
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!
Thanks Jill – Deb’s pretty good now. We just had to play it carefully over the summer. Nic
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.
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
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
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
Sorry to hear this. So near to the South West Coast Path too. Still you can look forward to it next year, hopefully.
Thanks John – we thought we’d have to leave it until next year too, but in fact we’re now back on the trail. Nic