“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”    so the Chinese saying of LaoTzu goes, seems fitting for a New Year’s Day.

A chance reading of a fellow  blogger last night about her 1000-mile challenge from last year had me totting up my own rough mileage for the year – it was just over 700. Given that it was a strange year, staying local and not completing my usual half dozen long distance walks, that wasn’t too bad a total. So I decided and have now proclaimed to you my desire to cover the thousand this year. No fancy app counting steps around the house or going to the shops, just ‘proper’ walks that I would normally write up in my diary. I may get distracted into cycling or if the weather is good into bouldering and climbing which could limit my progress.

This afternoon, January 1st, I did five miles from home – a good start. We are in Covid-19 Tier 4 lockdown at present, so I won’t be travelling far by car for some time, but I can reach the countryside easily from my doorstep.

I’ll share some of my walks here until I become bored with the same old ones around Longridge, I’ll need to be creative to cover the mileage with interest rather than just for the exercise.

6 thoughts on “THE FIRST STEP.

  1. ms6282

    I managed to reach the 1000 miles target in November so decided to reise it and go for 100 miles a month – I jus managed to achieve that by the end of December.
    Early last year I wasn’t sure I’d make the target – especially when the lockdown came in. But a combination of local walks from the doorstep, and a few trips to the moors and Cumbria and our week in Anglesey while restrictions were eased meant that I’d ended up walking more miles than I’d expected.

    1. bowlandclimber

      Well done.
      I’m not one for New Year Resolutions, as I’m hopeless at keeping them, but I thought a challenge of 1000 miles was realistic and will get me off my arse on grey days.

  2. Michael Graeme

    I’m going to try this, this year. I think 1000 may be more of a target for me though, than a realistic goal. Still, I’m up to ten miles since Sunday. My problem will be feet of ascent – not many hills on the Lancashire plain, and Boris wants me to keep it local now.

    1. bowlandclimber

      Go for it – as part of your retirement ‘plan’. I used to do far more in years gone by, but have slipped recently for various reasons.
      I sùspect we will be in Lockdown for 2 or 3 months so walking locally will be all we have.
      It’s got me out the last two days when I was still in my dressing gown at lunch time. I changed before venturing out into the street.
      Stay local. Stay safe. Praise Boris.


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