Another joint post, since my weekend has been really busy again! Yesterday we went for another walk, which turned out to be a lot longer than expected, and today has been full of sunshine, housework, roast dinners and a (slightly disappointing) cinema trip.
Yesterday, we decided to go for another walk in the sunshine. We set off through the nature reserve and then onto a different bit of canal – there are a lot of canals where we live because the area was quite heavily mined in the 1800s – there are also a lot of pools which were formerly quarries. We got up close to some baby birds, and also saw a swan with her cygnets, but they weren’t keen to pose for us.
When we came to what we had intended to be nearly the end of our route – we would have looped round across our local park and home, we found a canal tunnel, which apparently didn’t look that long.
We set off through it, and I have to say, it was pretty creepy. It was very dark, wet and completely devoid of other people. After a loooong time of feeling like that pinprick of light would never get any bigger, we finally started to see a little more daylight, and eventually (with very wet feet) came out into the bright sunshine. Having been told that the tunnel wasn’t very long, we found the actual distance at the other end. I don’t know about for walkers, but a website I found about the tunnel said that it is the longest cycleable tunnel in the UK. It was also the last canal tunnel to be built in the canal era, which I thought was quite interesting.
When we got to the other end and worked out where we were, we found we were about 3.7 miles away from home. So after a stop in the first pub we found for a drink, we walked back in about another hour. With a total of about 9 miles walked, that was definitely day 17/31 complete.
Today was a busy sort of day; with lots of little tasks to get done, and trying to fit in some relaxation. Fitting in some exercise was a bit of a challenge. Eventually, I decided to fit it in whilst the roast was in the oven, but I had to do it in 2 sections, because of cooking timings. So I did:
20 minutes salsacise (not a major workout since it was the intermediate stage, which I find quite easy now.)
25 minutes yoga – this was the intermediate sun salute workout on the yoga DVD I did last week, and is a definite step up from last week’s workout; I found it quite challenging, but the stretching definitely did my legs some good after yesterday! So, with a semi-rest day, that’s day 18/31 also complete.