Well, the summer I planned to use for conditioning myself is nearly over and while I don’t think I’m in poor condition for our big walk, I certainly haven’t done this summer what I’d hoped to do in the way of preparation for long hikes on a daily basis. Soon enough I’ll have the opportunity to see how badly I may have miscalculated! We leave on September 11th, en route to Boston (yes, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, but our flight from Anchorage to Boston doesn’t actually leave until very early on the 12th, so hopefully we’ll be safe from any terrorists out for celebratory fireworks), overnight in Boston, take another redeye to London and arrive there on the morning of the 14th. We’ve got lodging reserved for that night in Chepstow and hope to hit the trail on the 15th. Our planned route is about 220 miles long; three legs going north, then west, then north again. However, since we have nothing scheduled along the way other than returning to London on the 9th, we could find ourselves making some significant changes if weather, scenery, fresh produce or Bronze Age burial mounds lures us in other directions. Hopefully I’ll be able to post regularly, so check back in around the middle of the month to see where I am!