Not any big disaster today.Stay at a B&B with a lady that loves flowers. And in Haworth and the hills above , if was referenses to the Bronte sisters and their writing.
onsdag 29. juni 2016
Arrived here yesterday.The Blog leg from Alma Inn was not possible to public.Do not ask me why. It might be possible to post from the PC later ?
Today we took the steamtrain to Keighley.I had found a star center near the railwaystation on google .So we went there and talked to a surprice guard .This happened to be the College in town and the guard got a teacher who showed us the star senter.We where suppose to book time there ahead, but since we came from Norway and he had some time......Guess if there was 3 children that was glad astronaut's today.
søndag 26. juni 2016
Resting day yesterday.Walked only 7 km.then.Was back in Malham Cove with the Harry Potter fans.Think they enjoy that, Even if they had not seen this film yet.Must rad the book first :).Now soon backsack on everybody, small and big.
fredag 24. juni 2016
Went to a lot of fields today. Rain catch us in the end, just before we run in the door at Mason Arms in Gargrave.3 of Geirs grandkids with their parent arrived this afternoon. We are looking forward to show them the Malham area tomorrow.Today we have been looking at the river boats.
onsdag 22. juni 2016
tirsdag 21. juni 2016
Longer leg today.And this can one feel in foots. Feels like they are boiling.
But what a fantastic route today, or could it be that there where no fog and we could actually see the area in miles around us.
Blog author fallen to sleep? So secretary updating.
mandag 20. juni 2016
The day started at Teesdale hotell.Since the leg was more then 30 kilomter , we chose to take the bus to Barnard Castle and then a taxi to Bowes.This saved us at least 15 kilometers.
The journey today went through the moores with refreshing wind. We ended up at Tan Hill, where the previous landlady has quit, and there is no shouting any more. Improvements at Tan Hill.Mobil coverage and internett.
Geir was vert impressed by the music in the bar ;Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Stones and that period.
lørdag 18. juni 2016
The autor want now to just post pictures with small text.This since the lapptop has gone home.The secretary had not agreed .Even us old ones have to find out how this is done from a phone.At the Youth hostel in Landon Beck now.Feet is "burning "after the last two days hiking.But what a scenery we have been through.
fredag 17. juni 2016
tirsdag 14. juni 2016
This morning we woke up to blue sky and a breathtaking view of a landscape as green and beautiful you can only find it in postcards. After a full breakfast served by the friendly staff at the inn, we came out and found that the sun had once again disappeared behind dark clouds...
The plan for the day was to walk along Hadrian's wall, and have lunch at Greenhead before turning left and head in the direction of Alston. Somewhere along the Alston path we wanted to set up our camp for the night.
I very soon found that yesterday's 27 km walk throng mud and wet, slippery grass with far too heavy backpack, had taken its toile. My entire body protested, and there were no energy resources. The same proved to be case for other members of the group. For my self, I can say I could have killed for a bed with a soft madras.
A quick telephone action, gave no result. Greenhead isn't exactly a big place. The bunk barn was full, so was the hotel an the inn. A bit low in spirit we headed for the pub to have some lunch.
That was when the miracle women Anne hit bull's eye. She saw a sign saying "hostel", and true enough: The local bar administrated a hostel in a shutdown church. That is why I now sit in a church writing. Anne is asleep to my left, and Eirik just yawned from the bunk to my right.
The entire group is worn down, and need some time for restitution. Therefore we have decided to walk on tomorrow, but only as far as we feel for. Luckily there is a bus service along the road through the valley, so we can lust head for the nearest bus stop whenever we feel enough is enough.
Alston and the planned day of rest: Here we come!
mandag 13. juni 2016
The walk from Bellingham starts through the village streets, but soon turns up into the green hills.
This was the big fence climbing day. How many gates we opened, and how many stone walls, fences, wood- and stone stairs we climbed I do not know, but probably more than 20. There is a BIG difference between England and Scotland here: In Scotland I hardy ever saw barbed wires. Today, nearly every fence had at least one, and even some of the stairs and gates had barbed wire that could cut our fingers or tear up gear. WHY??? Is there some kind of high security institution in the area?
Next report will probably be from Alston in two days (Thursday 16th).
søndag 12. juni 2016
I see that I was pretty dis-orientated last time: I managed to write we had traveled from Glassgow, but the truth is we landed in Edinburg...
The walk from Kirk Yetholm to Byrnes was 45 km. According to plan, this was split in two. The first night (Friday) we camped in the fog near Windy Gyle. Lack of drinkingwater made two of us klimb all the way down to to the vally and filtered some water from a creek. Laboursome, but necessary. Quite nice temperature, but the fog was thick, and we coud never see more than 5 min. walk ahead. The only exception was 5 minutes while at the highest point near Mt. Cheviot. Then the beautifull green hills of Scotland was displayed like in a postcard!!
Saturday came with rain and more fog.
The day was a bit too much for one in the group, so we slowed down a bit, and came to Byrnes late in the evening. During the day we crossed the border from England to Scottland and back again all the time, walked up and down hillsides that I assume are strikingly beautiful and allmday hoped that the fog would lift. That did not happen.
No accomodations down in Byrnes, so we camped by the river. So did 10,000,000,000 moskitoes...
This day was not so good, and a lot different from what we had planned: One of us had some physical problems, and as we are a group traveling together, we phoned a taxi instead of walking. That taxi took us from Byrnes to Bellingham, where we checked in to Riverside Hall Hotel.
The rest of the day was spent shopping, eating and drinking to get fit for tomorrow (Monday). Spirits are higher now, in the evening, and we really believe we can continue over the hills and down to Twice brewed Inn at Hadrian's wall tomorrow.
I see that I was pretty dis-orientated last
time: I managed to write we had traveled
from Glassgow, but the truth is we landed
The walk from Kirk Yetholm to Byrnes was 45
km. According to plan, this was split in
two. The first night (Friday) we camped in
the fog near Windy Gyle. Lack of
drinkingwater made two of us klimb all the
way down to to the vally and filtered some
water from a creek. Laboursome, but
necessary. Quite nice temperature, but the
fog was thick, and we coud never see more
than 5 min. walk ahead. The only exception
was 5 minutes while at the highest point
near Mt. Cheviot. Thre, for 10 min, the beautifull green
hills of Scotland was displayed like in a
Saturday came with rain and more fog. The
day was a bit too much for one in the
group, so we slowed down a bit, and came to
Byrnes late in the evening. During the day
we crossed the border from England to
Scottland and back again all the time,
walked up and down hillsides that I assume
are strikingly beautiful and allmday hoped
that the fog would lift. That did not
No accomodations down in Byrnes, so we
camped by the river. So did 10,000,000,000
This day was not so good, and a lot
different from what we had planned: One of
us had some physical problems, and as we
are a group traveling together, we phoned a
taxi instead of walking. That taxi took us
from Byrnes to Bellingham, where we checked
in to Riverside Hall Hotel.
The rest of the day was spent shopping,
eating and drinking to get fit for tomorrow
(Monday). Spirits are higher now, in the
evening, and we really beleve wi can
continue over the hills and down to Twice
brewed Inn at Hadrians wall tomorrow.
fredag 10. juni 2016
Vacation seems to be busy times...
Last night we had a quite exiting ride from Glasgow ad up her. The bus driver din't know about any connecting bus from Kelso, and had never heared about The Pennine way. In fact he din't even know there was a Place called Kirk Yetholm. Luckyli I had studied the map, and Trine and her troops had done a good job: They could guid us in to the correct location.
Anyway, we are no fresh and good to go. The plan says 20 kms, possibly 25 if we feel for it. Today we hae a klimb at the start, but after that it looks Nice and flat.
Not much more to say, really. Spirits are high, and the weather seems to be on our side.
Next posting will be from Hadeian's wall om Monday.
onsdag 8. juni 2016
Finally we have internet, and can read updates about the strike. Looks good so far. Both the airline and the airport authorities ask us to look for information at their web sites, but at the Aalesund airport the internet has ever been working...
News from the advance party in Scotland says weather in Scotland is fantastic, but I can't say the same about the forecast... Never mind. We are used to rain, so as long as the roads aren't flooded, it's OK.
We have also been informed the latest bus from Edinb. to Kirk Yetholm leavs at 15:00. That should not be a problem, provided SAS can get there on time. Previous experience gives reason to doubt just that, but for now it looks promising.
Now a super fast breakfast before entering the plane for Stockholm.
Yes, I know. It is strange to og east when the detination is west of us. However, Swedish prises being 1/4 of Norwegian, is a convincing argument for me!
Now chocholate milk an sweet bread for breakfast. This I Call vacation :-)
tirsdag 7. juni 2016
Read more in a national newspaper.
That I don't think we have experienced before... This only affects the two first "jumps" of our journey. Maybe we should drive that old car of mine to Stockholm, dump it at the airport and report it stolen?
mandag 6. juni 2016
See tracking map
NOTE: Thee will be nothing to track before we arrive in Edinburgh. Trackings are automatically deleted after a week or so.
If you want to see what it is all about: Click the link below. In the map on the target page you may zoom in to see more details.
Pennine way map
Anne K. K. Berg and myself, Geir Johnsen, are planning to celebrate my 60th. birthday in a slightly unusual way: We want to conquer the Pennine way from Kirk Yetholm to Edale. Like our ancestors we will cross the North Sea, but unlike the Vikings, we find it better to have the landing of our troops in the north. Then we plan to advance south as fast as the environment allows :-)
According to the literature available, the distance seems to vary between 400 and 467 km.
I don't intend to measure every meter to find the exact distance. I'm not even sure we will WALK the entire distance, but we do want to cover the distance somehow...
So far we have prepared ourselves by making packing lists, deciding how to, what to and when. Some physical training has been necessary, including a lot of walking in all kinds of weather: Once Anne invited some friends of us "out for a late dinner". We all love Anne for her crazy plans, but wen we finally came back to the cars an hour before midnight, in pouring rain and after an hour's walk along a road closed due to the danger of land slides and falling rocks (?), we really thought the friendship was over.
How wrong could we be! We all agreed it had been a memorable happening, and our friends wanted to be invited to the next event!!
I think we are physical fit to conquer the Pennines now, the big question is if we are up to it mentally. I mean, Great Britain is not known for its stable summer weather! How long will we be able to carry on if the rain continuously pours down day after day?
This is the plan:
In good Viking spirit, we send a group of intelligence officers one day in advance. That group will consist of Anne's two sons (Erik and Adrian). Those two are very easy to mislead. They have a good nose for pubs, bars and so on... To keep them on track we also send Trine as their commanding officer.
Then on Thursday, June 9th, Anne and myself take off from Vigra airport at 6:00 in the morning. Not to draw any attention, we first go to Oslo. There we run through the terminal to catch the plane for Stocholm. At this point any spies are probably lost, so we finally head for Edinburgh to team up with the advance party.
If everything works out, we will all enjoy a good breakfast somewhere near Kirk Yetholm on Friday morning. Friday morning, June 10th we start attacking the hills below Mt. Cheviot. Then there is no way back. The plan is to put all the heavy gear into the backpacks of the youngsters, hoping this will slow them down enough for us oldies to keep up with them. But we need to push hard. We only have 5 days to get to Alston. On the 15th we are supposed to meet two Viking agents, so very English and well established in England that no one will suspect them of being Viking cahoots.
I suppose we will spend a day or two in Alston before the advance party leaves us to go home.
After that Anne and I have to push on hard again, to team up with our re-enforcement party, arriving in Gargrave on June 24th. That group consists of my son, his wife and their 3 children. They will walk with us for 5 days (?) before they make a noisy escape to Blackpool, leaving the two oldiec once more to the silence of the track.
Then there is only "a short sprint", and we are in Edale.
As you see: Easy as a walk in the park. Or... Well, when I'm involved you should always expect the un-expected! On previous occasions I have encountered landslides, avalanche, bird strike on takeoff, earthquake, volcanic eruption and flooding. Oh, yes, not to forget that time when customs officers thought we were East European smugglers, and came to arrest us in the deep forests of Eastern Norway in the middle of the night...
I hope the intelligence group will report their findings in due cause. The two oldies will for sure write reports whenever we find some Internet connection.
I think this is all for now.