#Walk1000Miles – May 2017

May was a very short month, wasn’t it?

At this time in 2016, I’d walked 83.5 miles in May and was looking at a tally of 346.75 miles for the year so far…

How will this point in 2017 compare?

04/05 – 3 miles – Wrington
06/05 – 4.5 miles – Wrington
07/05 – 7 miles – Goblin Combe
12/05 – 3.25 miles – Wrington
13/05 – 6 miles – Lye Cross and Redhill
14/05 – 11 miles – Tintern (led by Brunel Walking Group)
19/05 – 3.25 miles – Wrington
20/05 – 8.25 miles – Kewstoke and Woodspring Priory (Walk West)
21/05 – 11 miles – Waun Rydd, Brecon Beacons (led by Brunel)
26/05 – 3 miles – Attingham Park, Shropshire (National Trust)
27/05 – 5 miles – Dolgellau, Gwynedd (Snowdonia, Wales)
28/05 – 7.5 miles – Cadair Idris (Snowdonia, Wales – led by Brunel)
29/05 – 6 miles – Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd, Shropshire (walk leading)

Plus 6 miles of evening walks.

Total for May 2017: 84.75 miles

Again, as I think I recollected upon at the end of April; I’ve found the quantity and frequency of brief evening walks deteriorating… That’s not how I intended this year to go and, to be honest, I don’t have an explanation for it, other than the possibility that I’m still struggling to adjust to altered working hours.

For the past two-months, my working days have begun ninety-minutes later than they had for the past six-years. With that, I’m also arriving home one hour later and no longer have my Friday afternoons free.

I still get up quite early. Should I be using this extra time before work to cram in a two-mile walk each day? Or, would be easier to complete one of my evening tasks (cleaning, washing, etc.) in this time?… When all I want to do is make the most of my quiet time before heading in to The Routine…

But I am pleased to be (even marginally) up on the same month’s tally from 2016, as much as I’d have liked to have made this my second hundred-mile-month of the year.

I’ve had a great end to the month, in terms of where I’ve been walking. My first proper visit to Snowdonia and I got to use my new tent. We avoided Snowdon (for me, this was the second time) but I’m pleased to have conquered Cadair Idris and revisited a favourite walk in Shropshire ahead of the drive home.

But I feel like something’s lacking within me… A desire? Determination? Energy? I’ve already changed jobs and another thought is to look for another place to live, having lived in Wrington now for over three and a half years. I do like the area and its proximity to the countryside but my flat leaves a lot to be desired and I’m becoming increasingly aware of that. By renting, I have greater flexibility in being able to move when it suits.

I do have some other ‘adventures’ lined up for the summer. If I was to make a decision right now and walk one thousand miles in time, I don’t think I’d repeat this challenge in 2018. In my second year of this, I wonder if I’m beginning to focus too much on the ‘challenge’ aspect and detracting on all else that exists to be noticed.

Current total for 2017: 428.75 miles

I’m glad to be 82 miles ahead on the tally from this point last year. Still, I have many miles to cover within the final seven months of the year.

Thanks for reading.

Author: Olly Parry-Jones

I live in Weston-super-Mare, close to the Mendip Hills in Somerset and I enjoy time spent outdoors, whether that's walking, camping or backpacking. My day job involved making furniture from recycled wood (I'm a furniture maker and carpenter by trade). I have two blogs: Olly Writes (woodworking, DIY, baking) Walks With Olly (walking, camping and kit) You can also find me on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. My second YouTube channel is titled 'Walks with Olly'.

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