Friday, June 22, 2018

United Kingdom 2007

Walkingman's 1st Week in England 2007

Gatwick Airport to Spalding via Cambridge and London, England. 7/5/2007 to 7/11/2007, 153 miles, 15,247 Total World Walk miles.

Walkingman UK 2007

Amazing to get back on the road walking again after 14 months working. Last time I worked that long in one stretch was like 11 years ago, but I wanted to switch to working winters so I could walk the next couple summers across Australia, Northern Europe, and maybe start Asia. I had a good time working at Ocean Reef Club (www.oceanreef.com) in Key Largo, Florida and looking forward to working there again next winter.

Through passport control at Gatwick airport with a 6 month visa stamp and no problems. While I was setting up my baby jogger just inside the airport a couple police men with machine guns and tac vests stopped by to see what i was up to. No problem once I explained what I was doing and showed them my sign with World Walker and website address. Out the door and walking within 3 hours of landing. Got mixed up and took the M-23 Motorway road instead of the local A-23. Only went about a half a mile before I realized my mistake and turned back. Beautiful cool, cloudy, light rainy day to start walking again. Pretty tired and jet lagged though, so I only walked about 5 miles before finding a nice field with a couple big trees to camp under.

Lots of people beeping as they go by. Some with a wave or thumbs up, and few yelled weirdo, or unintelligible phrases. Been wearing my bright green Dickies work shirt with Scocthlite reflective strips when it is cool, and when it gets hot I put on my white bed sheet sun poncho robe. I guess I look a little strange to most people pushing my stroller and wearing a bed sheet. One local I stopped to ask for water thought I was a road sweeper from the city. They push a cart with 2 garbage bins, brooms, and wear green vests. Paul and Yvonne of Blacksmiths Cottage, circa 1720, of Kelston, got me some water and invited me in for a cup of coffee and a chat. They had a very beautiful house and gardens in a small village with only about 5 houses.

Nice roads so far with a sidewalk along almost all the local roads. I picked up a real good drivers atlas in Cambridge that lists all the local B and C roads. So I have been staying off the main roads and walking on these little local roads that zig zag through the country side with tall hedges on both sides. Passing through small villages with very old Church's and pubs. Oldest church so far was 1000 years old, having been rebuilt 4 or 5 times. Oldest pub was 500 years old. Most villages have at least one pub where you can get drink, food, company, and they usually have a kids playground in the back. As I was walking through London and asking directions a bunch of men smoking and drinking outside one pub invited me to join them and treated me to a nice cold pint of Carlsberg. I usually do not drink, but it was hot and they were real nice so I had just one. Nice fellas, but with their accent and being a bit drunk I could only understand about half of what they were saying.

Into London and stopped at BBC Bush House London to see if a BBC reporter that had interviewed me 2 years ago was still there. Left a message and an email for her. Stopped at Trafalgar Square where they were setting up for the opening ceremonies for the Tour De France

bicycle race. Then over to Green Park where they had the starting line set up for the pro log race. I thought about sticking around for the race start, but after walking around London for half a day I was pretty tired of all the noise, traffic, and people. So I headed north out of the city for Cambridge and the country side. Back to my walking diet of oats and eggs for breakfast and dinner everyday. Then lots of bananas, apples, oranges, yogurt, cookies, bread, and brie cheese during the day. Great to be back on the road walking again. Everybody real nice so far. Looking forward to hearing from anybody that wants to email me with questions or comments about my walk.

Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing. Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

Walkingman's 2nd Week in England 2007

Spalding to York, England via Boston. 7-12 to 7-18-07, 140 miles. 15,387 Total World Walk miles.

Walkingman UK 2007

Beautiful week through the Lincolnshire Wolds(rolling hills I think) and the the Fens(drained marshlands). On small country lanes most of the way with tall hedgerows on both sides providing nice shade. Mostly oats, wheat, hay, rape seed, potatoes, corn, and grazing land for sheep, cattle, and horses.

Weather has been great so far. Mostly cool cloudy days with just a little bit of rain now and then. I have been lucky to stay away from the flooding in the south and west of the country. Only had my rain fly on my tent 3 out of the last 14 days. Sun always seems to come out long enough to dry the dew off my tent sometime during the day so I can lay it out.

Two police women stopped to say hi and just ask what and how I was doing. Just said they were curious. Stopped and talked to two bicycle tourists from Holland, Maxelle and Lidiana. A few people have invited me in for coffee and biscuits.

Camping mostly in farmers fields on down public paths or byways. They have these green signs that mark out public right of ways down paths and dirt roads. There is usually a place I can set my tent up away from the road. One farmer stopped to chat in the morning and said it was no problem to camp on the edge of his field. Had a nice stop one afternoon on the grass under a big tree. Laid out my tent to dry and had a snack. Finally noticed after a while that I was under a sweet cherry tree. Most of the cherries were split from all the rain and birds, but I got enough for a nice snack. One day I stopped to take a nap and dry my tent and was awakened by a thunder and rain storm. Packed up my tent and sleeping bag in record time. Then on with my goretex suit , but the sun came out again after only 10 minutes of rain.

Visited Boston where the Pilgrim fathers started their escape from religious prosecution first to Holland and then to America at Plymouth Rock, Mass. Big statue of one of the fathers in the central square. Into York through an old Roman stone arched gate. Down the narrow cobblestone streets I saw lots of old Roman ruins, Church's, and interesting sites.

My body is holding up great. No aches, pains, or any blisters yet. I did get an eye infection, maybe some dirt or dust got under my contacts. I always carry some Tobramycin antibiotic eye drops with me and that cleared it up pretty quick.

Heading north for Hadrian's wall and the Scotland border this week. Then on to John O Groats, the northern most part of Scotland. Everybody has been real nice so far, no problems at all. Looking forward to hearing from anybody that wants to email me. I will get back to you as soon as possible, but I have not seen any I-cafes in a while and the Libraries with Internet access are few and usually closed or booked when I get there. So be patient and I will respond as soon as possible. Email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or from my website at www.walkingman.org .

Keep on Walking , Life is Amazing. PS, that is my motto because life is amazing, but you have to turn off the TV, computer, or video game and go outside and experience it.

Peace, Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

Walkingman's 3rd Week in England 2007

York, England to Bryness, 5 miles from the Scotland border. 7-19-07 to 7-25, 141 miles, 15,528 Total World Walk Miles.

Quite a bit quieter and less traffic as I get farther north. Real nice small back roads with lots of beautiful flowers, hedge rows, and big trees creating a shaded tunnel to walk through sometimes. Saw two Giant Sequoia trees just north of Hexham. About 4 feet wide, and 60 feet high, maybe 150 years old. I think some Englishman went to the California gold rush around 1848 to 1850 and brought back some seeds to plant.

Sometimes I go on bike paths made from old railroad track right-of-ways. They usually have them around the bigger towns and cities as a way for people to walk and bike to work, and get some exercise. There is also a nation-wide bike and hiking path system with signposts, maps and guide books you can buy. A lot of the back roads I take are part of the system.

As I went through Thirsk I stopped at James Herriots Veterinary
Surgery Museum and Gift Shop. One of my favorite series of books about the life of a British Vet's practice on local animals and people. As I was going through Coxhoe I stopped to dry my tent in a little park. About 4 kids on bikes came by to ask me questions about my walk. Local bike store owner Dave Heron also stopped by to chat and let me use his computer and made me coffee in his bike store. On to Hexham where I visited the beautiful Hexham Abbey, built in 671 a.d., and then rebuilt in the 12th century. Into Durham where I stopped to listen to a trumpet player basking in front of a cafe by the bridge in the center of town. Three little girls came over to ask me where I was walking to, then their father came over to invite me to sit with them and have a cappuccino on him.

Lots of questions and I showed them my map and route up from London. They also presented me with a delicious Swiss chocolate cake for my evening dessert and then I finished it off the next morning for breakfast. Into Darlington for Saturday market day with all the stalls set up to sell all kinds of goods. Most areas have a central market town where people have been coming for hundreds of years to sell farm produce, handicrafts, and other items from a central market area. Talked to a clown on stilts and listened to the Rowan Bagpipe Band from Richmond. With 6 bagpipes, 2 snare drums, and one big bass drum they put out quite a powerful and delightful wail of music. I can see why opposing armies would be scared of the British Army with Scottish Bagpipers in the front wailing away.

As I was sitting under a tree having a snack one day about 25
pigeons flew by in an elongated circle about 10 times. Somebody later told me that they were racing pigeons getting their bearings from the earth's magnetic field and the angle of the sun for a flight back to their home base.

While I was sitting by the roadside in Witenstall 2 policewomen
stopped by to see how I was and what I was up to. Karen (English) and
Maria (on loan from Germany training with English Police) told me they would try and find me the next day on the road and take me hiking along Hadrians Wall. I did not see them the next day as I was on back roads and bike paths part of the time. I did have a nice hike along Hadrians Wall by myself. Built back in 171 a.d. by the Romans to keep the Scots out of England. A lot of stones have been taken to build local houses, churches, and farm fences, but it is still quite impressive. About 9 feet wide and 7 feet high where I saw it. It is bigger and better preserved farther inland where less people have been taking stones.

Just outside Bellingham there was a sign on the fence outside the
Cole family house, "World Walker come in for tea". I missed the sign,
but Mrs Cole saw me and invited me in for tea, biscuits, sandwich and I got to use the computer. Their son Patrick drew me a nice picture of me and my baby jogger. They took a photo of me and the family and emailed it to me; my brother Dave included it with last weeks article. Always nice to have local people invite me in for some food and talk.

I was able to finally reactivate my pocketmail computer to get
email from local payphones almost everyday instead of having to find a library or Internet cafe. I changed my email address to:
walking_man_50 (at sign) pocketmail.com. I put my address in parenthesis as I did not want the spamers to steal it off my website. Pocketmail does not have real good spam protection, so please email me, but do not send me forwards, jokes, petitions, or anything with a long address list or include my address in any forward you send unless you use the Bcc (blind carbon copy) field, so that other people can not steal addresses for spamers.

I always look forward to hearing from anybody that wants to email me with questions or comments about my walk. You can email me at my
pocketmail address, or at my website www.walkingman.org. My brother also sometimes forwards me email from my This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it address if I have not had a chance to get on the internet for a while.

Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing.
Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

Walkingmans 4th week across the UK
Bryness, England to St. Andrews, Scotland, via Edinburgh. 7-26-2007 to 8-1, 144 miles, 15672 Total World Walk Miles.

Across the border into Scotland after three weeks walking 434 miles from London. Quieter, more peaceful, less people up here in Scotland. About 5 million in Scotland, compared to 50 million in England, 3 million in Wales, and 5 million in Ireland. Stopped at "The Last and First Cafe in England" near the border and had a cup of tea and toast. I always wondered why they serve their toast in those metal racks. By the time you get the butter on the toast is cold. Toast should be buttered right out of the toaster so the butter melts. They had a nice old bicycle with a small gas engine mounted in the middle. I could just read "AUT BYK Excelsior" on the gas tank. Will have to Google it and find out how old it could be,
maybe from the 20's or 30's. Near the border a car stopped and handed me a 5 pound Scottish banknote(about $10 US), they did not say anything, but I guess they wanted me to have a good visit to Scotland. It would be great if every country I visited people stop m!
e to give me money. It usually does happen quite a bit here. Some people just walk right up to me with their purse open and ask if I am raising money for charity. I usually tell them I am just on vacation for fun and adventure. But they still give me a couple pounds sometime and tell me to have a good visit. Lots of nice people here.

Stopped at the border pullout where they have a big rock with Scotland painted on one side and England on the other. There was a small cafe wagon there and a Scotsman busking(playing for tips) with his bagpipe. It had just started rain though, and he had just put away his bagpipes and put on his cape over his kilt. Stopped at the Boncester Post Office(they are usually stores also) to see if I could get some eggs and other groceries. But as I came in I noticed it was only a tiny post office with nothing for sale. The postmistress asked me what I wanted, and I told her I was looking for eggs. She said she had chickens in the back and would check. Sure enough she brought me a half dozen carton of fresh eggs from her chicken coop in back. As I was going through Hawick, 3 men sanding outside the Station House Pub questioned me on my walk and
invited me in for a drink on them. Hilly and Murph were real nice and wanted me to stay for another pint of Strongbow Cider, but one was enough for me. I think next time I will just have a half pint, as in London I almost got run over by a bus when I finished the whole pint. The pub owner gave me Station House Pub shirt and they all came out front to take photos with their cellphones and wish me a good walk. Nice bunch of people in that pub.

As I was passing through Langshaw a farmer came down with his daughter in their Land Rover Defender and invited me up to dinner with their family. So up the long hill to the Bergius Organic Egg, Dairy farm and Bed and Breakfast. You could probably find them if you Googled "Over Langsham Bed and Breakfast Organic Egg and Dairy Farm". We had a great dinner of Roast Beef, potatoes, fresh veggies, and Yorkshire Pudding. They had most of the family, friends, and some volunteer workers from Germany all around a fairly small table. So we all had a great time. They told me about the WWOF(World Wide Organic Farmers) website, where people can look for Organic farms to work on for short periods for room and board to learn about Organic Farming. I think I will look into that for a future trip combining walking and working around the world. As I was leaving in the morning, Mrs Bergius set me up with some sandwiches and 6 fresh eggs. I stopped down at their chicken barn to watch them sort and stack the eggs. Windmill and solar panels on the roof to provide light and power the egg conveyor belt. The whole barn is on skids, so that they can move it to a fresh patch of grass, so the chickens have a clean area to forage for insects. Great stay with a really nice family. Just as I was leaving 5 mounted Fox Hunters and 30 dogs passed me by and all the dogs surround me and checked out me and the baby jogger. I thought there was a ban on Fox Hunting, but someone told me that now they have to shoot the fox before the dogs can get
to it. Just down the road I found 7 newly hatched chicks on the roadside. Maybe Grouse, Quail, or Pheasant. I looked around and found a nest with egg shells 3 feet above them in the hedge row. I put them back in the nest, but I think their mother most have been killed, as they were peeping quite hard and already wandering out of the nest again, looking for their mother or food.

Next I stopped at the Wooplaw Community Woods(www.wooplaw.org.uk) to sit and take a break. I read their brochure and walked all around
the 50 acre woodland for about 2 hours. They had trails, picnic tables, outhouse, cabin, art exhibits, fire pits, totem pole, pond, stream, training seminars, and other activities all done by volunteers and members of the nonprofit organization. Sounds like a good project I could do in my hometown of Newfane, NY if I ever finish my World Walk and settle down and live there. I will have to check with the Newfane Historical Society on the corner of Ide and 18 mile creek and see how much land they have. Who owns the land around them, and who owns the land on the other side of the creek up into Newfane main street area. It would be nice to have a green way path from main street down to the 18 mile creek, footpath over the creek and link up with the Historial Society Compound. Then have some kind of Nonprofit Educational Community Center and Park there.

As I stopped for a break by the gate to one pasture, about 25 one year old heifers and a big bull with a ring in his nose came over to check me out. They just stood there for about 20 minutes as I ate, wrote, and made a bottle of sun tea. I talked to them a bit, but no response other then some snorting and jostling. Would be great if I could understand the animals like Dr Dolittle. The red raspberries are ripe now, so I have been eating quite a few from the roadside bushes. Quite good in my oats.

As I came up to one Sainsburys supermarket I talked to a group of workers outside taking a break. A little later as I was shopping inside Paul came up to me with the store manager and said they wanted to buy my groceries for me and take a photo in front of the store. So they filled up my basket till I told them it was heavy enough for my cart. Nice store and bunch of employees. One bicycle store I passed had a poster in the window about 50% off on bikes for commuting to work. So I went inside and he explained how you get a 15% refund on your VAT(value added tax) tax, plus another 35% through rebates on deductions on your paycheck that go to national health insurance, I think. the website that explains it is www.cyclescheme.co.uk , I think.

One night as I was camped in a field outside Edinburgh, 2 Policemen stopped by to wake me up at 11:30 pm . They had a report of a tent and fire above the Biomedical Research Facility. No problem once they talked to me, but they said they had problems with Eco-terrorists and had to check me out. Stopped in Low Largo to check out the Statue and Cottage of Andrew Selkirk, thereal "Robinson Caruso" that Daniel Dafoe had written about in his famous book.Tracy from the Kircaldy area stopped to chat, and then emailed me the next day and drove out to find me and give me a book, some warm tea, a bag of mixed fruit and nuts and a nice hug. Always nice to meet a local and have a nice chat. As I was going through St. Andrews I walked along the famous golf course as they were having practice day for the British Women's Open. Watched a couple of the Lady pros as they practiced and joked around. Found 5 golf balls in the rough by the bike path that goes along the whole length of the course. Had a photo taken for me on top of the famous Swilkin Bridge, where Jack Nicklaus took his final bow from when he played his last BO and retired, according to some locals I talked to.

Well I had a great 4Th week and looking forward to the next 3 months across Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Email me with questions or comment about my walk by clicking on reply, or at walking_man_ 50(at sign) pocketmail .com, or form my website at www.walkingman.org .

Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing. Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

Walkingmans 5th week across the UK
St. Andrews Scotland to Dufftown, via Dundee. 8-2 to 8-8-2007, 142 miles, 15,814 Total World Walk Miles.

Local road was closed on my way to Dundee and I was detoured through the Tentsmuir Forest on a bike and hiking path. Nice quiet pinewoods next to the North Sea. I asked one old man biking by with long pants and heavy coat if this way would get me to Dundee. Only understood about 2 words out of 10 with his heavy Scots accent. Lots of locals are really bundled up while I wear shorts and short sleeve shirt in this 50 to 65 degree nice cool cloudy days. Perfect for walking, but everybody keeps saying it has been a terrible summer up here. To much rain and cloudy days with little sun. I stopped for a break and to eat at a picnic area next to a 300 year old stone salmon storage ice house. Lots of good Salmon fishing here, but now the house is filled with Natterer Bats.

On Bicycle Route One now that follows all along the coast line of U.K. Mostly on local roads, but sometimes on bike or hiking paths. Stopped by security guard at Port of Dundee, as you need to be vetted and have I.D. card before using bike path through port. Only problem with the bike route is that sometimes signs are missing and you can lose the route easily.

Saw a Paraglider ridge soaring with the seagulls along the Seton Cliffs area near Arbrouth. So I walked up along a hiking path to watch. Followed the hiking path along the cliffs that was going 5 miles to the next town. But about halfway the path started to get to rough for my baby stroller and I cut off the trail and into an area with lots of greenhouses growing veggies. Took me a while to wind my way through a couple of farm roads and lanes till I got back to the main road about 200 yards from where I started on the hiking path. Nice walk along the cliffs anyway with lots of Seabirds and sometimes Seals, Dolphins, and Whales. As I was coming out of one small town John and Allie hailed me to join them in their Conservatory (sun porch) for coffee, sandwiches, and some fresh bread and jam. Nice lunch and chat with a real nice couple. Lots of people here have these sun porch's on the south side of their house. Usually about 10 feet by 10 feet with some nice soft chairs and maybe a radio, but no TV thankfully. They get a lot of rain here, so people like to sit inside and watch the rain and enjoy the sun when it finally comes out.

One night as I was camped just inside the entrance to a farmers field a car stopped. Two people got out and one lady was saying "save them", while another guy was doing something on the road in front of the car. I was looking out the tent and asked what were they trying to save? The lady jumped back and gave a squeak of surprise as see had not seen me camped just 10 feet away. They came over to talk and told me there were lots of frogs on the road. A few hopped by my tent, and I found just one squashed on the road in the morning. The couple emailed me and stopped the next day to say hello and take some photos by their MG that were included with last weeks article.

One day I was taking a nap under a tree in the grass when 2 ladies riding big working horses like Clydesdale's tried to ride by. The horses were pretty skittish seeing me and my baby jogger on the road side. Took them 4 or 5 tries before they got the horses to walk by me. They had orange vests with "careful young horses" printed on the back. Cars always seem to be real considerate of walkers, bikers, and horse riders on the roadside. Slowing down and giving them space and hardly ever beeping at us.

Passed by one farm field near Manor Lodge with a stone fence the size of Hadrian's Wall. About 9 feet wide and 5 feet high, running about 200 yards along the road, with one section running into the field about 100 yards. The farmers that owned that field must have had lots of rocks to pick up over the hundreds of years it took to build , or maybe they had a herd of Elephants or Lions to coral.

Three local forestry workers stopped to question me about my walk. They were pretty impressed and exited about my World Walk and gave me all their lunch (sausages, sandwich, candy bar, and crisps) plus a handful of change from their pockets. Two were local Scots father and son, and the third was from Romania. They told me their names, but then a big lorry came along and I forgot to write them down or take a photo. Real nice bunch of guys. Stopped to talk to a man picking raspberries as I walked up the local road B9002 over the Cabrach. He invited me to join him and have some raspberries. Barles was his family name and he owned about 4000 acres of farm and grazing land up the road for the next 3 miles. Told me a good place to camp just a ways up the road. Lot of the higher land was seeded in Heather, that the Grouse like to live in. Nice purple flowered low bush.

Into Dufftown where I stopped to check my email at "The HUB". The owners saw my "World Walker" sign on my baby jogger and told me no charge for computer time and took a photo for their newsletter. I emailed them, but it came back undeliverable, a fatal error, so if the people at the Hub in Dufftown read this please try emailing me from a different address if you want my weekly article. Dufftown has about 7 Single Malt Scotch Distilleries all along the Spey river. They were all closed as I came into town around 5pm. I took a look around the Glenfiddich Distillery and could smell the peaty barley smell of the Scotch. Will visit one of the many distilleries farther on down the road. Stopped at the Dufftown Golf Course to visit a friends old course. The office was closed, but a member showed me around, gave me a score card and pointed out the highest tee in Scotland at about 2500 feet I think. He let me fill up my water bottles in the locker room and told me to take a hot shower if I wanted to. Probably my favorite thing to do now is a hot shower as I have not had one for a couple weeks. Keeping clean using my wash cloth in streams, public rest rooms, and in my tent before getting into my sleeping bag. But nothing like a hot shower with lots of soap to make you feel great after walking 20 miles a day.

Headed up to Inverness, then southwest for the ferry to Arran Island, ferry to Anndrossan, and ferry from Troon(another famous golf course) to Belfast, Ireland.

Email me with questions or comments by clicking on reply, from my website at www.walkingman.org , or to walking_man_50 (at sign) pocketmail.com . Finally getting the hang of using the BT payphones and how to make them work with my Pocketmail computer.

Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing.
Gary "Walkingman" Hause

Walkingmans 6th week across the UK
Dufftown, Scotland, to Glen Coe, via Inverness, 8-9 to 8-15-2007, 153 miles, 15,967 Total World Walk Miles.

Walkingman UK 2007Out of Dufftown along side the Spey River on the walking and biking path. Old railway line converted to a path. Stopped to talk to 15 canoeists gathered around a fire having breakfast. They invited me to join them for tea. One guy started putting wood sticks into the tea pot; I said are you making me wood tea? They said it is an Irish Kelley stove. You feed sticks into the hole in the middle down into a fire pan underneath, and the water is in the pot surrounding the middle hole. So the water heats up fast with a small fire contained in the bottom pan. Neat stove, I will have to check in Ireland and see if they have a small one person model.

They were doing a canoe trip set up by the John Muir Trust. They took some photos of all of us together, so hopefully they will email me one to include with an article soon.

Into the Maccallan Scotch Distillery for a tour and tasting of 10 year old single malt Maccallan. Do not think I will ever be a Scotch drinker, but interesting tour. I liked the part about the making of barrels from old growth Oak trees and the special strength and properties of Oak. They have their own Cooperage in Spain, but it gets Sherry in the barrels first to season them for two years before they put the Scotch in it. They also buy American Oak barrels from Bourbon companies in Kentucky.

Into Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Great walk along the Loch Ness with Mountains on both sides. I did see something in Loch Ness, splashing around and coming towards me while taking a break on the shore. It reared up and roared at me, and then I woke up, just a dream during my daily nap.

Best part of the walk so far going through the Great Glen area with all the Lochs and canals connecting them. Huge valley dug out by glaciers during the last ice age and filled with more water than all of the rest of U.K. They are all connected by canals and locks with a walking path along side most of the way.

Passing 20 to 50 bicycle tourists a day now. They all seem to be doing the Lands End to John O Groats 1000 mile Bike Route across England and Scotland. Saw a small heard of Highland cattle. Just over the fence, close enough to touch, but with their long horns I kept a safe 3 feet away. A special breed suited to the cold and rainy Highland weather. Short, stout with long hair, thick undercoat of wool, and long horns for defense.

A man from Holland driving a green Swedish Army diesel tractor pulling a sheep camp trailer stopped to talk. Maarten Hendriks was driving around Europe camping out and meeting people for fun. He writes about it on his website, all in Dutch at www.maartenhendriks.waarbenjij.nu . Wood stove, bed, cupboards, and cooking stove in his trailer looked a lot like sheep camp trailers I see out in Utah. Originally based on Connestoga Wagons, Sheep camp trailers evolved into common day RV's with the invention of cars to pull them instead of horses or oxen.

Saw the Garry Bar in the small village of Invergarry, so I stopped to have a pot of tea and write a bit inside and watch the rain outside.

As I was going through Glen Coe a man stopped and invited me home for breakfast with him and his wife. He said he first thought I was a down on his luck homeless man, and wanted to get a hot meal in me. I guess I do look a little ragged at first, but once people see my World Walk sign and talk to me they get a different impression. Muesli with fresh strawberries and honey to start off; then eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, bread and tea.

Really hit the spot and I needed it as next we took off for a hike up a Munroe (peaks over 3000 feet in Scotland). Great hike up Biad-Nan-Bian in nice cool weather that turned to light rain as we climbed into the mist and clouds. Through the area where they filmed Rob Roy and into Hidden Valley where the local Clans used to bring stolen sheep. Heavy wind and rain up on top with little visibility. Back down again pretty cold and wet but a good 6 hour hike anyway. Their dog Glen walked along with us and kept lying down in the ice cold stream to cool off.

Off to a coffee shop for a hot drink and a snack to warm us up. Then back to Ronnie and Cathys cabin for a hot shower, dry clothes, glass of Cider, and a great dinner of soup, Lamb chops, mashed potatoes, veggie salad, and bread. Then some cheese and crackers for dessert with a glass of Lime Valley Merlot. Great finish to great day with great people. Ronnie Mccuaig is an Engineer and inventor, and invented a Dream Mover Rocker to put babies to sleep with a 60 beat per minute vibration that copies the sound and feel of a mother’s womb or holding a baby to your chest to calm the baby and put them to sleep. You can see it at his website www.dream-mover.com.

Another great week walking. Headed south for Oban, Arran Island, and Ireland.

Email me with questions and comments about my walk by clicking on reply, or from my website at www.walkingman.org.
Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing.

Gary "Walkingman" Hause

Walkingman's 7th Week across the UK
Glen Coe, Scotland to Larne, Northern Ireland, via Arran Island and Troon. 8-16-07 to 8-22-07, 136 miles, 16,103 Total World Walk Miles.

Walkingman UK 2007Nice nights sleep in a warm bed with a great hot shower and hot breakfast to start the day. Ronnie and Cathy walked out the parking lot with me and tried out my baby jogger. I think they wanted to walk the world with me. Always great to meet some locals and share some good times with them.

Dried my boots out overnight by the fireplace with newspaper inside them. They took a lot of rough use climbing the mountain yesterday in the rain. So I stopped by the roadside to brush them off and put a new coat of brown wax shoe polish on them. With my light wool socks on I can keep on walking through the rain and keep my feet warm even though the rain dribbles down my gore-tex pants and into my socks and boots. I should have brought my gaiters or maybe I will just try and improvise a pair of gaiters.

As I passed through Oban a local newspaper reporter stopped to interview me and take photos for an article. Will post it on my website if she emails the article to me. Talked to a man with his 2 grand kids in Oban and gave him a book I had just finished reading. "Going To Extremes" by Nick Middelton that Tracy had given me 2 weeks ago. After I gave it to him I thought of starting a traveling book club. Now every time I finish a good book and pass it on I will write on the last page,"when you finish this book, write your name, city, and country on the back flap and pass it on to somebody that will enjoy reading it. I will see if any of the books ever come back to me in the future.

Graham stopped to chat near Ardfair and pointed out a standing stone(10 to 15 foot high stone monument) next to a burial mound and ruined stone fort in a sheep pasture. I walked over to the stone and put my hand on it to see if I could do the Vulcan Mind Meld with the ancient spirts. I closed my eyes and concentrated on sensing anything unusual. I started to feel a cold sensation seeping down my finger and hand and on to my arm. The ancients were trying to contact me I think. What ancient secrets will they reveal to me? I looked up and it was just rain water dripping down my hand. Stopped at the Kilmarten Museum just down the road just as it was closing. Read a few plaques outside about all the burial mounds, standing stones, and other pre-historic sites in the area. Nice Corbelled Stone Beehive Hut there to see. Right next door was the Kilmarten Church with a collection of 800 to 300 year old carved stone gravestones on display to see in the cemetery. It had been cold and raining all day so I went in to the local pub across the street for a nice hot cup of coffee. Held the hot china cup between both of my cold hands to savor the heat and sip the hot coffee slowly. My nylon gloves usually get soaked all the way through after about 3 hours of rain even when I pull them into my extra long sleeves of my gore-tex jacket. Talked to some locals and an American about my walk and the bartender told me the coffee was on the house.

Stopped to watch Lawn Bowling outside of Tarbert at the local club. As I was sitting there watching one of the ladies from the clubhouse invited me in for coffee, a bowl of hot lentil soup, and a plate of crackers, cheese(brie, cheddar, and Stilton) and butter. Nice bunch of bowlers having a tournament with 17 three man teams from neighboring clubs. Most towns in Scotland have a golf club, lawn bowling club, and a soccer field. Those seem to be the 3 main sports. About 1 mile down the road another man invited me in to talk and have a bowl of soup and bread.

A 4 wheel electric powered wheelchair zoomed by me just down the road. He had on a green safety vest, sign saying "world record attempt" and two donation cans on front. I think he was going around the UK or world, but he did not stop to talk, so I will have to do a search on the Internet and see if he comes up. I talked to one guy with a similar wheelchair and he said 8mph and 30 mile range before plugging in to recharge battery.

As I got off the ferry to beautiful Arran Island I saw a lady leaning over the her yard fence and talking to a few tourists. So I asked if there was a tap where I could fill my water bottles. She said she would fill them and come on in for a cup of coffee. So I sat a while with Veronica and drank coffee and talked. A couple Red Deer Does were walking down the middle of the street eating bread crumbs from the tourists. Lots of sheep and deer just wondering around the island grazing. Hardly any fences on the island so everybody puts a tall fence around their yard to keep the sheep and deer from eating up their yard. As I was walking across the island the red paragliding van of Maurice and seabed stopped to talk and invited me to join them tomorrow for a free paragliding tandem flight. So I met them in Broderick the next morning and had a great hike up through 5 foot high ferns and low heather bushes to the top of a nice ridge. Wind was light and variable so we only got a short 10 minute flight over the sheep and deer grazing below and looking out over the beautiful sea. Wind shifted on us so we drove over to a new site and climbed another ridge. We had these huge backpacks to carry stuffed with para-glider, harness, and helmet.

Only weighed maybe 20 pounds but they looked a lot heavier as they were so bulky. Great day climbing and flying with the www.flyingfever.net team . They also do Paragliding trips to the Alps and Himalayas.

Next I took the ferry across to the mainland and walked down to Troon to take the ferry to Larne, Northern Ireland. Nice 2 hour crossing with just a little bit of swell and rocking. Got in kind of late at 10:30pm. Always kind of hard to find a place to camp after it is dark, but I found a nice grassy spot behind the local town car park and recycling center. Stopped to say hi to two big working horses (Clydesdale's maybe) right beside the bicycle path. They came over to sniff my baby jogger and hip bag for the apples I usually keep in I think. Friendliest horses I have met yet, they were letting me scratch their ears and seemed to be pretty curious about my baby jogger.

Headed south for Belfast and then Dublin. The Kelley Kettle company(www.kelleykettle.com) emailed me to come and visit after a friend of mine bought a Kelly stove and emailed them. So I think I might head northwest for county Mayo, then south for Cork, and east for the ferry to Wales.

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Gary "Walkingman" Hause

Walkingman's 8th Week across the UK
Larne, Northern Ireland to Dublin, Ireland. 8-22-2007 to 8-29-2007, 146 miles, 16,249 Total World Walk Miles.

Walkingman UK 2007Eight weeks walked on this trip and 9 more weeks to go before I fly home. Having a great time and time is flying by. Found a nice detailed road atlas for Ireland with all the back roads I like. I sat down on a stool in the store with my reading glasses to make sure it had good detail. The store owner came by to see if I was okay and bought me a cup of cappuccino when he found out I was walking across Ireland. Finding some nice bike and hiking paths along side the numerous canals here. They are part of the National Cycle Route and are usually wide and well maintained with lots of beautiful flowers, birds, insects, cows and horses grazing alongside. Nice and peaceful walking down them while I can just barely here a slight traffic noise from a nearby road.

In Meigh about 9 kids (Patti, Jimmy, Nathirn, Chole, David, Micheal, Braden, Kirsty, and Mark) stopped me to ask questions and look at my world map. I have a plastic world map place mat taped to the top of my baby jogger so I can show people where I have walked. I have my walking routes marked with a black magic marker and my future routes with a dotted black line just like the map on my website. Kids always seemed amazed by my walk and have lots of questions. I asked who wanted to come along on my world walk and they all raised their hands. Two of them on bikes followed me for about a half mile before they turned off on a dirt road.

As I was crossing from Northern Ireland into The Republic of Ireland a kind of scary situation unfolded in front of me. No border station any more or even a sign to denote a border. Two unmarked SUV"s pulled over about 50 yards in front of me and men in uniforms got out with machine guns and started stopping cars and questioning people. I just kept walking by and was not sure whether a gun battle between the police and IRA was about to break out. Felt relieved when I got past them and around the corner. I guess things are pretty quiet now with a power sharing government in place, the British Army out of Northern Ireland, and the IRA turned in their weapons and disbanded.

Changed my UK pounds to Euros that they use here in Ireland. Kind of confusing converting in my head from US$ to UK pounds to Euros now. But I do not really have a budget and just buy whatever I need. Everything seems to be about twice as much as what I am used to paying in the USA except that Yogurt and Brie cheese is real cheap, so I eat a lot of that. Spending about $5 to $10 US a day.

In Kilcury I stopped at the local supermarket just as the vegetable truck was unloading and the owner was out there. They were all asking me questions about my walk and the owner said no charge for all my groceries and the vegetable delivery men gave me a bag or oranges and grapes. Everyday people are stopping to talk to me and want to help me on my world walk however they can. One day near Foxhill about 5 cars stopped in a two hour period and gave me a total of $120. Usually I average a couple dollars a day in donations. I always tell people I am not collecting for charity, just on vacation and having an adventure. I do get a lot of emails from people that have read my website and say I have inspired them to walk, bike, or go out and have an adventure. So I like to tell people how much fun it is, and how many nice people there are out there if you have the right attitude. I always give people a nod, say good day, and smile. Most people respond back with a nod and a "Hiya" is what it sounds like is the normal greeting here in Ireland.

I stopped to ask for directions to the Library from two road workers on lunch break. They invited me to join them for tea and a delicious cream donut. One man stopped his car and asked if I was "The Music Man", I said no I am a world walker, but I can sing Zippity Do Dah. About 2 hours later I saw him again in his front yard and asked him what he meant about the music man. He said that he had heard there was a wandering minstrel playing Banjo in the area. Packy Tierany invited me inside his house for tea and introduced me to his wife Carmel. She made me a big stack of sandwich's to eat and wrapped up a big piece of cake for me. Packy pulled out his laptop and pulled up my website to take a look. I had him play my flash video with photos and the song "Walk 500 Miles" by the Scottish band The Proclaimers. Always nice to have people invite me into their house for a bite to eat and chat.

Stopped to talk to Angel and Joe doing garden work on the Bellowstown Horse Racing Track. Oldest racetrack in Europe, about 2 miles around with a golf course inside it and a road cutting through it. They have to fence off the road and cover it with dirt on the weekends when they race.

Stopped at one small town library and after I used the computer to check my email the Librarian gave me some extra tomatoes from her garden. I think all libraries should have a garden and give out veggies with the books to nourish are bodies along with our minds. Into Dublin where I stopped at the Guinness Brewery for the tour and a pint of Guinness. I saw the new 2007 Guinness Book of World Records and they have the World Walk record in it again after an absence of 5 years. Arthur Blessit has increased his record from 35,000 to 37,000 miles over the last couple years. I went to his website www.blessitt.com and took another look. He just turned 65 and still goes out once a year and does another walk some where in the world dragging his 12 foot cross and preaching about Jesus. So I will have to walk a little faster if I am going to catch up and pass him for the world record.

Headed over to Crumlin to visit a Guinness world record holder in long distance running. Tony Mangan has the world treadmill record 138.2 miles in 24 hours, and 231.2 miles in 48 hours. Also he set the world indoor 48 hour record in the Czech Republic with 265 miles in March 2007. Tony has been reading my website for a couple years and emailed me to visit him in Dublin when I pass through. He had another World Walker with a baby jogger stay here a while back. Jean Belivew has been walking for 7 years and 28,000 miles so far I think. He writes about his adventure in 3 languages at his website www.wwwalk.org .

On my way over to Tony's I stopped to ask direction in front of a pub. No smoking in pubs now, so there is always men outside puffing away. Sam gave me directions and then when I went inside of Morrisey's Pub on Cork street to fill my water bottle and use the toilet he treated me to a half pint of Cider. Bulmers is the main cider on tap here in Ireland. I was planning on taking a tour of the Bulmers brewery down in Clonmel. They had a TV on the bar and it showed a CCTV image of my baby jogger locked up outside to a lamppost for my viewing pleasure. They said this was a rough part of town and to keep an eye on it. I never worry about it as I lock it up to a post and have a padlock on the plastic trunk. I also always take my hip bag inside with my wallet, camera, Pocketmail computer, and passport.

The bar owner Paul McDermott came over to talk and wanted to buy me a sandwich and cup of tea and join him for lunch. Talked to a bunch of great guys at the bar. One was a famous Pigeon racer, although he looked kind of big to be riding on a little bird like that. Only had a half pint which was lucky as just down the road I was surrounded by about 6 kids that questioned me about my World Walk and were joined by a bunch of ladies at the bus stop, and then two policemen came by to see what all the commotion was about. The policeman took some photos of all of us together on his cellphone and promised to email them to me. With just a half pint of Cider I can walk straight and not get arrested for drunk walking. Made it down to Tony's with just two more instances of kids and other people stopping me to ask about my World Walk. Tony was not back from work yet so I laid out my tent and sleeping bag in his front garden to dry. Did a little writing in my journal and cleaned and waxed my boots. Tony is a real interesting fellow with all his trophy's from various ultra marathons all over the world. He also wants to do a world walk or run sometime soon, so he keeps track of other world walkers on the Internet and always invites them to stay when they pass through. Tony took me out to an 800 year old pub called the Brazen Head for a half pint of Guinness and some good music. We also went across the street to another pub called O'Sheas Merchant. Tony told the Guitarist and Harmonica player that I was walking around the world. They announced it after a couple songs that I had walked 16,000 miles and still had another 20,000 to go. So I stood up and everybody gave me a round of applause. Great music with an accordion player joining them for some great foot stomping music.

Having a great time visiting Tony and taking lots of hot showers, sleeping in a warm bed, using his computer, and taking a rest day to walk around Dublin and see some of the old Church's and buildings. My Teva sandals where also wearing pretty thin with about 1000 miles on them, so I found a outdoor store that carried Teva's and bought a new pair of the Teva Wraptor running sandals (www.teva.com) . I have a nice pair of New Balance hiking boots, but I only wear them in the morning for a hour or two and on cold rainy days. I prefer the cool open air feeling of Teva sandals with a good running shoe sole.

Headed northwest for Ballina in County Mayo where I will visit the Kelley kettle Company (www.kelleykettle.com) . Just got some photos from that John Muir canoe party that made me tea with a Kelley Kettle near Dufftown, Scotland. So I will include that photo with this article, and maybe any other photos that show up by email. I still just have a 35mm camera, have not switched to digital or gotten a cellphone with a camera on it. Lots of people are taking my picture though.

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Gary "Walkingman" Hause

Walkingman's 9th Week across the UK
Dublin, Ireland to Boyle, via Royal Canal. 8-30-2007 to 9-5-2007, 111 miles, 16360 Total World Walk Miles.

Nice relaxing day off walking around Dublin seeing the old city and people walking around. Walked out of the city west along side the Royal Canal. Quite a system of canals all over Ireland, UK, and Europe. They were used to move food, coal, people and other goods till the trains provided a faster way. Just recently they have moved to redo them for walking, biking, boaing, and fishing. Quite a boom in the Irish economy the last 15 years with all kinds of new high tech jobs and lots of new house construction all over.

Picked up a cold or some kind of bug the last week. Sore throat first for 3 days did not slow me down. Thenrunny nose for 2 days did not bother me much. Headache, tiredness, and fevr did slow me down for one day and I stopped early at 2pm and camped in the woods beside the canal to rest and recuperate. With aspirin and rest the fever broke overnight and I felt a lot better in the morning. Took it easy for two days, but back to 100% pretty quick.

Blackberries have been ripe for the last 3 weeks in Scotland and Ireland. Eating about 1 to 2 pints a day from the roadside bushes. Nicething about blackberries is that if you give a gentle tug the ripe juicy ones will come right off, and the unripe will hang on tight. I think I have developed a case of blackberryitis, as my fingers and tongue have turned blue, and I have an uncontrolable urge to eat them all day. Hopefully they will go out of season soon and I will be able to kick the habit cold turkey.

Stopped at the Old Bog Road made famous by Teresa Braytons poem.They hgad a nice plaque with her photo, her poem, and some historical info about her struggles with life, immagration to USA, and desire to return to Ireland.

Passing lots of piles of peat (or turf) stacked up to dry in the fields. Farmers pass with trailers loaded with peat, and I see sheds and barns with the peat stacked up and stored for the cold winter. Lots of people heat their homes with peat and they even have an electrial power plant where they burn it. I picked up a peat brick off the shoulder , it looks and feels like a hard brown piece of dirt. They dig it out of peat bogs where spagnum moss has been growing, and forming tick layers of dead moss. I am not sure how long before the dead moss turns in to peat. Maybe hundreds of thousands of years as it sinks deeper underground. I think that after millions of years of pressure peat turns into coal.

A lady out weeding her garden hailed me to join her for tea, We had a nice chat, and then dinner was ready so they invited me to join them for spageti bolonaise and a big plate of garlice bread. Ann Inglis and her son Allan and then her husband Bob showed up to. So we had a great dinner. I had them sign my new witness noetbook. I keep forgetting names of the people I meet, so now I have them sign a small notebook. A friend of theirs emailed me that he wanted to a documentry about my walk. So Willie Moloy is going to meet up with me on the road and shawdow me for a couple days so he can get video of me walking, setting up camp and talking about my world walk. He said he will put together a 26 minute film and pitch it to the BBC or Irish TV.

3 Mormon missionaries from Germany, California, and New Jersey stopped to talk to me in a small village. I can always pick them out from 100 feet with their white shirts, ties, and name tags. Always nice to talk to some Americans that have been in country for a while.

I asked directions from one man picking peas in his garden and he invited me in for tea, bread, and cheese. his daughter pulled up my website and played walk 500 miles a song by the Proclaimers with photos of me and people i have walked with. He gave me directions on how to get back on my route and a couple handfuls of fresh peas.

As I was coming out of Elphin a man stopped his car to question me about what I was doing. Eric Murray invited me to his fathers farm where they were having a Wednesday evening Catholic mass. The local parish priest was there and about 40 adults and kids. After the mass we had a great potluck dinner with all kinds of meats, veggies, salads, breads, and two desserts (apple tart, and pavlova). They even got me towel and let me take a real nice hot shower. One of the ladies took some photos, so hopefully I will get one by email to send with this weeks article. Real nice evening with a real nice bunch of people.

One couple that stopped to chat with me along the canal provided a couple good book referrals. "Clear Waters Rising, A Walk Across Europe" by Nick Crane, and "Beyond the Silk Road" by Colin Thubron. I always like it when people tell me about a good book that will help me plan my future walks. Nick Cranes book is about walking across Europe on the rails through the high mountains.I have been thinking of walking across Europe and Asia on the paths between villages instead of the roads. I would have to switch from "The Beast" (my three wheel baby jogger) to a light weight backpack and camping gear. Been looking at a ultra lightweight camping gear website (www.hikelight.com) I think I could go down from 50 pounds of gear carried on a 35 pound jogger, with 11 pound footlocker and 4 pound bucket , for a total or 100 pounds to 20 to 25 pounds of gear in a 1 pound backpack. Will go over all my gear this winter and see what it weighs and what I really need and what I can chuck or find a lighter alternative. Although I do not like carrying a heavy backpack, a light one would open up a lot of possibilities. I could walk hiking trails, go over mountains, camp in a lot more hard to get to places, and go airports, trains and buses with a lot less hassle and prep.

On to Ballina and the Kelley Kettle Company then south for Galway and Cork.

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Gary Walkingman Hause.

Walkingman's 10th Week across the UK
Boyle, Ireland to Kilclaran via Ballina and Galway, 9-6-2007 to 9-12-2007, 151 miles, 16511 Total World Walk Miles.

Walkingman UK 2007Up and over the Ox Mountains in the clouds and mist. Through Windy Gap at about 1000 feet, so not very high mountains. All the heather and bog plants were covered with millions of spider webs covered with dew. Lots of midges or no-seeums up here, so lots of spiders to catch and eat them. Glad to come down out of the mountains and below the clouds where it was warmer and drier.

One night I camped in a farmers field with an open gate. Just after I got settled in my sleeping bag the cows started walking back into the field from the milking barn. The lead cow stopped and stared at my tent as the cows behind him started piling up in a cow jam. Finally after about 5 minutes he headed out for greener pastures. I got up early at 5.30am, but the farmer was out early to gathering up the cows in the fog and mist with a "hi yup, let go". He passed my tent and said "hi, how you doing". One cow came right over to my mosquito net door and stuck his nose up against it and sniffed away. The farmer said " hi yup, lets get going", and off the cows went to be milked.

As I was walking in to Ballina to see the Kelly Kettle Company(www.kellykettle.com), Paddy Barret hailed me to stop and talk. He said he new the Kelly's and gave me info on how to find the company. Paddy stopped me the next day on the other side of town and took my photo. I gave Patrick Kelly a call and he had me come right over to his office/warehouse and showed me around. He pulled out a brand new Kelly Kettle for me to have and showed me how it worked. Pretty simple, but works great. Days are getting shorter now and mornings colder, so I have been using it to make hot coffee in the morning.

As I was walking out of town another friend of the Kelly's stopped to talk. Mark Breslin had known the Kelly's grandfather that started using and making the kettles for fishing trips. Mark showed me the Hawthorne trees across the road in the hedgerow. He said the orange berries are called Haws, like my name. He said he ate quite a few when he was young and there was not anything else around to eat. They also make good fences, as you can cut the trunk halfway through and bend over and tie down the top to the bottom of the next plant. It will keep on growing and create a solid vertical and horizontal fence.

Willie Moloy caught up with me on the road near Galway and started filming me walking, setting up camp, and answering questions for his documentary. He brought his producer mulligan (his dog) along with him. Later in the day he bought me some eggs and a pint of ice cream. So I sat down and started eating it before it melted. He was filming me and asking questions. It reminded me of a Seinfeld episode where they catch George on TV at a Yankees game eating a hot fudge sundae with ice cream and hot fudge all over his face and shirt. I think I was a little bit neater, but who cares. Willie is going to drop in a couple times and film me in different parts of Ireland as I walk across the south coast area.

Camped in a nice wetland area with lots of reeds and a huge flock of birds whirling around and giving me a neat ballet show. Its amazing watching the flocking birds as they wheel around and shift and ripple as each bird reacts to the movements of the one next to him. Nice sound effects for quite a while as I went to sleep listening to all the birds, and insects.

Huge line of cars as I walked into Galway one morning. Two hours straight of bumper to bumper traffic going into the city. I was on the other side so it did not bother me to much except for the noise. Always nice when I get out of the city and find a quiet back road to walk.

Stopped at a McDonald's to use the rest room and had some fries and burger just for a change. The manager came over to talk as he saw my baby jogger parked out in front. Later he came by with a 5 Euro($7US) gift certificate for me. As I came in to Ardrahan a man stopped to question me about my walk. I asked if there was anywhere I could get a cup of coffee in town and he invited me back to his house for coffee and sandwiches. Micheal Taylor was his name and he was a stonemason by trade. He lived a real nice old stone house built by his great grandfather.

A red van that passed threw something out the window at me so I ducked. It was half a loaf of white sliced bread. Strange thing to throw at somebody, not like it would hurt, and you can not really expect somebody to eat it. Must of been a spur of the moment idea. Only bad thing that has happened so far, and actually it was kind of funny.

Looks like about 3 more weeks walking in Ireland, then ferry to Wales and 4 weeks walking across Wales, England and back to London by the end of October for my flight home. Having a great walk so far, lots of nice people, and great sights.

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Gary Walkingman Hause.

Walkingman's 11th Week across the UK
Kilcaran, Ireland to Tallow, via Cork, 9-13-2007 to 9-19-2007, 146 miles, 16,657 Total World Walk Miles.

Days are getting shorter and mornings colder. Stopping at about 7 pm now to set up camp and getting up around 6 am. Usually I have to start the day with wool pants, sweater, hat and gloves till it warms up. Switched back to cooking oatmeal every morning instead of dry granola. Easy and fast with my new Kelly Kettle. I just ball up some newspaper in the bottom fire pan, add water to kettle, place kettle on top of fire pan, insert 5 or 6 twigs in central chimney, light paper through fire pan draft holes and add more twigs to central chimney. Boils the water in about 3 or 4 minutes. I have my oatmeal , 2 eggs, half teaspoon of instant coffee, and sugar in a 16 ounce peach tin can ready to pour the boiling water into. Then I stir it a bit and place two cross bars on top of Kelly Kettle and place tin can on top of kettle to simmer for another 3 or 4 minutes. Great hot stick to your ribs breakfast.

Blackberries are in their prime now. Lots of big fat juicy ones in the hedgerows on both sides of the local roads. I think I am up to about 2 to 3 pints a day. I have not lost any weight yet on this walk. Still at the same 185 pounds as when I left 11 weeks ago. Been thinking about going on a diet and cutting back to 1 ice cream pint every other day, and only 1 pint of blackberries a day (Ha-Ha just kidding). I figure as long as I am walking 20 miles a day I can eat whatever I want to.

Surprised a hawk eating a pigeon one morning as I was walking out of a farmers field. Feathers all over and most of the innards all eaten up. Seeing some roadkill, but not a lot. Mostly little hedgehogs(quill covered tiny porcupine look a likes), badgers, crows, cats, dogs, and a few assorted birds. Stopped to talk to 20 men parked on a bridge in the rain with 20 hunting dogs waiting in their trailer. They were getting ready to go on a mink hunt along the river.

One 4 or 5 year old kid got off his bike and came over to the fence to talk to me and ask questions about what I was doing. He wanted to know what I was pushing, why I was wearing a big hat with towel underneath, about my sandals. He had lots of questions and seemed to be pretty observant and smart for his age. Passed one dog wearing a red and white Cork football shirt with red face paint on his head. Big Gaelic football match coming up between Cork and Limerick, so everyone has out red and white Cork flags or green and white Limerick flags. Football (soccer), Rugby, and Hurling(similar to Lacrosse I think) seem to be the big sports here. Every town has a soccer field (they call them pitches) with a combination soccer net with uprights for kicking the Rugby ball through.

Walked through the big city of Cork on a couple nice brick streets closed off to cars. Lots of people walking around and plenty of musicians playing for tips. Nice till I had to walk out of town on the busy, noisy N-25 road. Finally got off on to a nice quiet local road after about 5 miles. Tall hedges on both sides will trees overhead forming a nice tunnel for shade and quiet walking. Asked directions at one pub from the bartender. I just asked if this was the right turnoff for Rathcool, and after his first word yes, I did not understand anything else he said. I think he was asking me some questions, and I told him what I was doing, he was smiling, and I was smiling because I thought it was kind of funny, so I guess it turned out okay. I usually ask 2 or 3 people for directions to get kind of a consensus. But no big deal if I take the wrong road, I can always just correct and keep on a general direction according to my compass.

Stopped at a nice 500 year old castle just outside Kanturk.Five stories high, with 4 foot thick stone wall. Wooden roof and all 5 wooden floors were gone, but the rest was very well preserved. It was raining and nobody around so I sat in a huge fireplace (3 feet deep, 6 feet long, 6 feet high) and read a bit. Four round stone towers surrounding a central rectangular keep with a gravel floor and interpretive plaques all around explaining the history of the local lords.

Headed for Rosslare Harbor and the ferry to Fishguard, Wales. Looks like about one more week in Ireland. Then 5 weeks walking through Wales and England. Having a great time, this seems to be my best trip yet. Lots of nice people.

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Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

Walkingman's 12th Week across the UK
Tallow, Ireland to Llanychaer, Wales via ferry from Rosslare, Ireland to Fishguard, Wales. 9-20-2007 to 9-26-2007, 119 miles, 16,776 Total World Walk Miles.

Finally got to see a Hurling game I have been hearing about on the radio so much. It is not what the Irish do when they drink to much Guinness. Kind of like lacrosse only played with a stick with a wide wooden paddle end instead of a mesh netting. Just outside of Clonmel I saw a game being played on a big grass field so I went down to watch. They hit the ball with the wide end of the stick instead of catching it with the mesh netting in the lacrosse stick.. They pick up the ball with the stick and either pass it off, run with it bouncing on the end of the stick, or take a whack at it to try and get it in the net goal box or through the high goal posts for a score. It seems to be a pretty dangerous sport as the medic kept running on the field to administer to injured players. As you are trying to whack the ball the defenders are trying to whack the ball out of your control and steal it. So a lot of whacking going on. After everybody left I camped in the back of the field behind some trees.

Stopped at the Bulmers Cider Brewery just outside Clonmel. Talked to the security guard, but no tours like at the Guinness Brewery. Huge place, they had 400 big corn silo sized tanks to ferment the cider in. About 40 feet high by 10 feet wide. Not sure of the volume, I think it is 3.14 times radius squared times height equals volume, but not sure how to change from square feet to gallons, but lots of cider.

Passing quite a few Carnegie Free Libraries in small towns. I read one plaque back in Scotland where Andrew Carnegie was born. He was the richest man in the world about 100 years ago. So he set up a fund to build libraries all over the UK, Ireland, America, and other places. Free Libraries are still the best deal in town. Knowledge, adventure, info, fun , all free for the asking. I know I spent a lot of time in the Newfane, New York free Library when I was a kid growing up. Probably where I got my interest in traveling and having adventures. The first books I remember reading were the “I Was There series of historical novels about the Civil War, Revolutionary War, and other historical events.

As I was sitting and taking a break by a hay field one day a your boy and his dog came over to see what I was up to. Kyle Murray and his dog Bingo had plenty of questions about my walk and invited me over to his house for coffee and biscuits with his family. Took a photo and had Kyle sign my witness book.

Joe Whelan stopped to talk to me in Newcastle and invited me to stop at his house down the road for coffee. About an hour later I found his nice old stone cottage and had a nice chat, cup of coffee, sandwich, and a nice hot shower. His wife and daughter showed up just as I was leaving so I got to meet them to. Beautiful quiet local road with lots of huge old oak and beech trees lining both sides of the road. Some of the local roads have real tall hedges on both sides. They seem to be stone fences on the bottom, piled higher with dirt, then planted with bushes and trees to form a solid thick fence that provides nice shade also.

One lady stopped while I was taking a break and drying my tent in a small pullout. She had some bottled water, candy, and Lucasade(like Gatorade) for me to keep me fueled up for my walk. Hugh Nuggent came out to talk when he saw me drying my tent on a common area near his house. He asked me if I was catching bees or wasps. I had my big hat on and a white bandanna on underneath pinned in front of my face to keep the sun of me. So I guess he thought I was some kind of bee or wasp catcher gathering up a swarm of bees. He went in to make me a cup of coffee and brought out some cake for me.

Finally got to see the full moon and planet Venus the other night. Been cloudy almost every night the last 3 months it seems like. So it was nice to be able to leave my rain-fly off and see the stars and moon.

Took the ferry from Ireland to Wales. So I am headed north now up the coast of Wales. Then I will cut over east to Wolverhampton to visit a friend, then south for Oxford, and east to London.

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Walkingman's 13th week across the UK
Llanychaer, Wales to Welshpool via Aberystwyth, 9-27-2007 to 10-3-2007, 114 miles, 16,890 TOTAL WORLD WALK MILES.

uk5_07Slowing down now as the days get shorter and I get closer to London. A few of the trees are changing color, mornings are colder and I am down to 10 or 11 hours of daylight from 8am till 7pm. When I got here in July I had 16 hours of daylight from 5am till 9pm. Got the hang of my Kelly Kettle now and using it every morning and night. I try and set my tent facing south so I can cook right in front of my tent and watch the sun set in the southwest, the stars come out and the sunrise in southeast in the morning. I set the kettle about 2 feet in front of my tent while I am sitting on my sleeping bag and load it with a ball of newspaper and a handful of twigs. Usually takes about 3 or 4 minutes to boil 16oz of water. For dinner I have been having Ramen noodles with 2 eggs and half an onion diced in it. For Breakfast it is oats, 2 eggs, and sugar. I have been making a separate cup of hot coffee as the kettle has a 2 cup capacity. After the water is boiled and I take the kettle off the firepan and I layer a bunch of twigs in the fire pan and watch the fire as I eat my meal. Something about watching a fire going has always held humans attention for as long as we have had fire. You can sometimes see the eyes of animals reflecting back the firelight in the dark around and hear their calls, but you know you are safe and warm with the fire under your control.

One day as I was taking a siesta along the side of the road a lady bicycle tourist stopped to see if I was okay. She asked me a few questions about my walk and took a photo of me in my sleeping bag laying in the grass beside my baby jogger. As I was coming into Aberystwyth on Sunday I noticed an open door of a Quaker Meeting Hall and a bunch of cars parked out front. So I went inside to see what a Quaker service is like. They had already finished their service and where standing around having coffee and biscuits. They invited me to join them for coffee and gave me a couple fliers on their beliefs. Amazingly similar to my own beliefs on life and religion. Very simple beliefs with no creed, dogma, rules, priest or hierarchy, just some simple suggestions I think they call them. Will have to attend one of their services in the future as they are a little different than most churches. They sit in a circle of chairs around a table and sit in silence until someone feels called to speak. I found a website that lists all their meeting houses by state in the USA, at (www.quaker.org/meetings/html).

I was looking for an internet cafe as I came into the main part of Aberystwyth as the library was closed on Sunday. One college student showed me where one was just down the road, but it was closed to so he invited me back to his house to use his computer. Dave Edwards was real nice and even made me a couple sandwiches. He sent me a photo he took out in front of his house and I have included it with this article. He also let me use his phone as I just got an email from Tom Bridge who was in town and wanted to interview me and take some photos for an article. So I walked down in to the city center to meet him. He was writing an article for a (wheels-near-u.co.uk) website.

Still seeing a few big old Giant Sequoia trees every once in a while. One real nice house entrance had a big stone gate with two castle turrets and 2 Sequoia trees on the side. They seem to be real big on building a big stone gate entrance way to their houses. One town I passed through had a nice Giant Sequoia and a local pointed out that they had a 1000 year old Yew tree in the churchyard. The trunk was all twisted in spirals as it grows up and 4 or 5 huge branches droop out over the graveyard. A couple of the huge branches had stone or cement supports built under them to hold them up. Quite a few churches have real old Yew trees in their yards and in the graveyards surrounding the church as they live a long time and are linked with long life.

One schoolyard I passed had a stone circle in it. 13 four foot
high stones arranged in a circle with 2 central altar stones, and 2
entrance stones on the east side. A teacher came out an explained that they use it to teach ancient Welsh history, they have storytellers come to tell Welsh Legends, and they dance around it sometimes. She said it was built recently and not an ancient site. The Welsh countryside is quite beautiful with rolling hills, small farm fields and lots of wooded hillsides. Lots of small country lanes with tall hedgerows and lots of blackberries to eat. It reminded me of JRR Tolkeins books, The Hobbit and The Fellowship of The Rings. I thought maybe someone had built a Hobbit House around here, so I searched on the Internet and sure enough I came up with a website on how to build a Hobbit house at(simondale.net/house) . Lots of nice photos and pretty good info on building one yourself fairly cheaply. I always wanted to build a energy efficient house either underground or with straw bales and this kind of combines the two ways and throws in the allure of Hobbit living. I hope to settle down one day with 5 or 10 acres, build my own Hobbit house, have a veggie garden, chickens, and maybe some goats for milk, cheese and yogurt.

As I was walking down the middle of one quiet local road a heard a loud roaring noise behind me like a big sports car coming up fast
behind me. It gave me quite a scare and I jumped to the side real quick. It was two air force jets flying low training missions in the
hills. Maybe 1000 feet above me, but it really sounded close. On the small local roads there is so little traffic that I can walk down the middle and move over to the side when ever I hear a car coming. They tend to be contoured with a big hump in the middle and the sides
sloping down to let the water run off them. So it easier to walk in the flat middle part then on the sloping sides. I can usually hear the cars way down the road before they get close.

Near Welshpool one man named Dave walked with me a while and told me he had seen me earlier and looked up my website. He had lots of questions and gave me some good directions and a sandwich from his backpack. As I was drinking coffee one morning outside a store in
Furnace, Wales a post woman and a bunch of local schoolkids came up to talk to me and ask some questions. An hour later the post woman saw me in town and gave me a real nice Lindt Swiss Chocalate Candy Bar. Saw two horses along the roadside one day and stopped to talk to them and share a carrot and apple with them. Horses always seem to be interested in my walk and come over to the fence to check me out when I beep my horn and whistle at them.

Headed east for Wolverhampton, then south for Oxford and London. Email me by clicking on reply or from my website at www.walkingman.org

Keep on Walking and Biking, Life is Amazing if you get out there andexperience it. Turn off the TV, Video game, Computer, and walk outside.

Gary "Walkingman" Hause

Walkingman's 14th week across the UK
Welshpool, Wales, to Bidford on Avon, England, via Wolverhampton. 10-4-2007 to 10-10-2007, 106 miles, 16,996 Total World Walk Miles.

uk6_07As I cross the border into England I leave the gentle hills of Wales behind and pass into a pretty much flat plain. Someone told me that the English built a big ditch a long time ago to keep the Welsh in Wales, but I did not see it. Kind of like Hadrian's Wall up on the border of Scotland. The farm fields are bigger here with less hedgerows as the small farms sell out to the bigger farmers and they tear out hedgerows to make bigger fields as the farm machinery keeps getting bigger. Usually they leave the hedgerow along the road, but sometimes they tear that out and plow to within 1 or 2 feet of the road. You tend to lose more soil to wind blown erosion when you lose the windbreak effect of hedgerows. Plus less blackberries and birds that eat insects. I wonder if anybody has done a study on how much extra crop you get without hedgerows versus how much soil erosion and loss of insect eating birds effects total farm productivity over the long term. Not many dairy cows or sheep around anymore as the English have had a lot of problems with hoof and mouth disease and now blue tongue disease. I hear a lot of farmers are switching to growing grains because the price is up and to many problems with animals. One guy said they get all their milk from Ireland now.

As I came into Wolverhampton one guy stopped and wanted to take my photo. He said he saw me on TV last night. I told him it was probably Jason Lewis as he just finished a 360 circumnavigation of the world by foot, bike, kayak, pedal boat, and Rollerblades. Twelve years and 42,000 miles and he has a website where he writes about his trip at www.expedition360.com .

Another man stopped to take my photo, but it was Derek, a guy that had been following my website and invited me to stop for a visit and stay overnight. So he meet me a little later and walked back to his house with me. He said he got his life back and walks and bikes everyday now after he lost 90 pounds. He had diabetes and had become insulin resistant, so he had a stomach stapling operation that worked real good. Had a great visit with some nice home cooked meals by his wife, great hot shower, and even did a load of laundry. Derek gave me info on how to find the local Quaker Meeting House, so I went down there Sunday morning to see what one of there services was like. Usually they sit in silence for one hour unless somebody feels called to say something. Only ten people there, so it was quiet the whole time. I kind of had a hard time keeping awake. I will have to try a couple more services and see how I like it. I have always just considered the woods as my church.

Walked a nice rail trail south of Wolverhampton for one day of walking. Nice quiet path through a wooded area. I did have to take apart my baby jogger twice to lift it over some metal and concrete barriers that were placed by a railway bridge. One section had 2 groups of kids riding motorcycles that were pretty loud and riding dangerously. I do not think they were supposed to be there.

One night as I was coming into Catshill I was having trouble finding a good camping spot. Finally found a soccer field, playground, and green park just as it was getting dark. As soon as I came in about 25 kids surrounded me and starting asking questions about my walk. I wheeled over to the edge of the park behind some trees and started setting up my tent. A bunch of the kids came over and watched and kept asking questions. I collected a couple handfuls of twigs for my kettle and started trying to get a fire going. Kind of embarrassing as I could not get a fire going. Kind of distracted by the kids asking all the questions and I did not get real good dry dead twigs as it was already dark and hard to find good ones. Finally after 6 or 7 balls of newspaper and lots of twigs the water boiled. One young lady had already gone home to look up my website and brought me back a back of oranges from her mom. Finally all the kids went home and I got to eat my dinner and go to bed. I usually like to be hidden when I set up camp, but sometimes I have to take whatever place I can find and I attract a lot of attention.

As I was sitting on a bench reading and eating in Binford on Avon one lady with her baby came up to talk to me. About 15 minutes later she pulled her car over and invited me to stay at her place and have dinner and meet her husband. Ben and Karen had been on a 18 month bicycle tour around the world and they knew how nice it was for a world traveler to be invited home for a home cooked meal, shower and warm bed. So I had a real nice visit with them. They have a website up about their world bicycle tour at www.karennben.com.

I got a nice email from Kieran in Hampton, Virgina. He said he had remembered the talk I gave to his class 3 years ago. He said he got from my talk that you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it. I will be home in the Newfane NY area for the 1st week of November if anyone wants me to give a free talk to any schools or clubs. You can email me or leave a message at my sisters phone number(7167789730) . I will be driving down to Virgina, then out to Colorado, Utah, and Arizona to visit friends and back to Florida to work by December 3rd. So feel free to email me if you want me to give a talk in your area or just stop for a visit.

Only three more weeks left of walking in the UK. Headed down to visit a friend at Oxford, then London. Email me with questions or comments by clicking on reply or from my website at www.walkingman.org .

Keep on Walking, Biking, and Exercising. Life is Amazing if you get out and experience it.

Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

Walkingman's 15th week across the UK
Bidford-on-Avon to London, England, via Oxford. 10-11-2007 to 10-17-2007, 115 miles, 17,111 TOTAL WORLD WALK MILES.

Fall is here in England as I walk towards London. Leaves are
falling all around me as I walk down the small country lanes. Not quite as good colors in the trees here in England as in New England. I read that the cloudy and warm fall weather in England does not produce as many Anthocyanins in the leaves as the cold sunny weather in New England. The Anthocyanins have something to do with controlling the leaf color. Nice, quiet, and peaceful on most of these small roads with either tall hedgerows with some trees or through some really nice wooded areas where the land owner has planted a 30 to 50 feet wide strip of forest between his fields and the road. Sometimes I will be walking down the road listening to a few birds, some insects, the wind rustling the leaves in the top of the trees and then a leave with hit me right in the head and surprise me. I stopped at one pub called the Bull and Butcher in the small town of Turvile to fill up my water bottles. They had a nice fire going in the fireplace as it was a nice cool crisp fall day. As I was walking down the road the bartender Johnny Wyatt ran after me with his guest book to sign. He said it was a small town and not to many interesting people come through, so he wanted me to sign the guest book. Lots of Pheasants running around the fields and they often surprise we as they take wing right in front of we with a loud rustle of wings.

Stopped at a car boot sale (similar to the flea markets in the
USA) just outside Bidford-on-Avon. Talked to one apple farmer with a
big variety of local apples and cider. He had one variety that looked
like a small brown potato. He called them Russets and they had a nice
crisp sweet flavor. He gave me a handful and a quart of his apple cider to take with me on my walk. People are always asking me about my walk and like to give me food and drink to help me on my way.

On one small local road I meet some Gypsy's camped on the
roadside. They had two old style wooden horse drawn Gypsy wagons. Nice campfire going on a cold morning and they invited me to join them for tea and biscuits. Two big Welsh Cobb working horses were staked out to graze on the roadside grass. I sat by the fire for a while and had a nice chat with them. They had an old battered and blackened cast iron tea pot sitting in the coals for heating tea water. Usually all the Gypsy's (or Travelers) I see now have modern metal caravans with cars to pull them. These are the first old wooden horse drawn wagons I have seen in a long time. I have thought of building a 2 or 4 wheel cart out of bicycle wheels. I saw one nice design in the book "Tiny Tiny Houses" by Lester Walker. I also found a website at (http://www.troop655.org/cd/Camp%20Gadgets/TREKCART.htm ) on how to build a boy scout two wheel cart for camping. They have a nice old photo from 1925 of a group of Boy Scouts pulling 5 or 6 carts in a row going on a camping trip. I think the article said it cost him $7 back in 1925 to build one. Looks kind of like the Mormon hand carts they used to walk from Illinois to Utah back in the 1850's.

Stopped to visit a 1700 year old Roman Villa ruins near North
Leigh. Down a small dirt farm road and next to a cow pasture. Mostly
just the excavated foundations of a small farm settlement with Roman baths, various outbuildings, wall enclosing the whole settlement, and a nice mosaic tile floor of the main house in a covered shed to protect it. I camped right outside the gate next to the pasture. As I was setting up my tent 40 small brown Guernsey cows came over to check me out. I think they thought my green tent was a big green hay bale as they kept sniffing at it and licking their lips as they stretched their heads over the fence.

Just outside of Oxford I stopped and had a nice visit with a
friend from South Africa. Bertram Oozthuizen and his wife Rosalind took me on a nice hike along the Thames river path down to The
Trout Pub. I had met him 11 years ago when I traveled down to South Africa with a friend. As I was walking into Oxford one man smoking out by the end of his driveway hailed me and asked what I was up to. John Walker invited me in for coffee and biscuits and we had a nice chat. He was retired from the Royal Dragoon Guards, a tank regiment and had a nice old army surplus lightweight model Land Rover Defender in his driveway. He said he also had a collection of old WWII Wiley Jeeps in his barn. I passed through Oxford down nice pedestrian street with a few musicians busking for tips. Lots of neat old Churches and college buildings in town.

In to London where I stopped to visit another friend from South
Africa and take a few days off. I will walk around London and see a few sights before I take off. Will walk east along the Thames River path to east coast, and then loop around south and west back to Gatwick Airport in time for my flight home on October 30th.

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Keep on Walking, Biking, and Exercising, Life is Amazing if you
get outside and experience it.

Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

 

Walkingman's 16th Week across the UK
London to Orpington, England via Thames path. 10-18-2007 to 10-24-2007, 56 miles, 17,167 TOTAL WORLD WALK MILES.

2007_London_biker_statueNice relaxing stay in London for 3 days with my old friend Helene from South Africa. Took lots of hot showers, washed up my clothes and
ate lots of toast with lots of butter and jam. Took a couple nice walks around the city to see the sights. Something like 10 million people living in the city from all over the world. Lots of people from UK commonwealth countries that used to be part of the British Empire. Plus all kinds of Eastern Europeans have come here since they joined the EU.

It can get pretty hectic at night with all kinds of people going out to the pubs, theaters, restaurants and shopping. Kind of strange riding around on the double decker buses. The streets are so narrow and cars and people are always darting out it from every where. It feels like the bus is going to crash into something all the time when I ride up on top in the front window seats. I think they need to get those Harry Potter magic buses that collapse real narrow to squeeze through traffic. Walked on the Thames path through the city on the south bank where they have the London Eye, a big Ferris wheel with gondolas to see the city on. They have lots of artists performing for tips on the big walkway. A few musicians, escape artists, and a lot of statue people. The statue people paint themselves different colors and have elaborate costumes and stand perfectly still until you drop a coin in their pot. Then they do a little short act or let you take their photo with them. Stopped at the British Science Museum for another look around as it is always my favorite.

Only have a week left till I fly back to USA, so I just did a
short walk east of the city along the Thames River Path until it was
time to head down to Gatwick for my flight. Took me a day and a half to get out of London. I think it is about 20 miles wide, so it takes a while before you get out of the city and reach the country and farm
fields where I like to camp. Luckily they have lots of parks and
commons where I can always find a hidden place to camp. Most people
live in multistory buildings as opposed to detached houses so they need lots of parks to walk their dogs in. Getting dark around 6pm, so I have been stopping by 4 or 5 to find a nice place to camp with some deadwood around for a campfire. The Commons usually have a plaque describing the history going back hundreds or even thousands of years of use by local people for grazing, thatch, wood and walking. Usually they were granted to somebody by the King, the Church or some Lord. The dogs usually find me when I set up camp and get my fire going. Sometimes they come over and stare at me or sniff around my campsite. Some people come over to talk to me and see what I am up to. I guess the commons are for everybody to use as long as you do not leave a mess and respect the land. Nobody has told me I can not camp there. I have been getting a pretty good sized fire going in the evening and morning as it has been getting pretty cold at night. No real hurry now to do a lot of miles so I usually sit in my tent and listen to BBC on my radio and watch the fire for an hour or two. Lots of big old trees in the commons. Always nice to camp under a huge old oak tree and wonder who else has camped under this tree in the last 500 years of English history.

Headed a little east of London, then back to London to visit my
friend again and down to Gatwick airport for my flight back to the USA on October 30Th. Will be back in the Newfane, New York area for a week and then head cross country to visit friends before I have to start work down in Key Largo, Florida. Feel free to email me if you want me to give a free talk about my world walk or just visit.

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Keep on Walking, Biking, and Exercising, Life is Amazing if you
get out there and Experience it.
Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

Walkingman's 17th Week across the UK
Orpington to Gatwick, England via London. 10-25-2007 to 10-31-2007, 53 miles, 17,220 TOTAL WORLD WALK MILES.

Cold, cloudy, and raining off and on the last week in England. So I headed back to London to visit my friend Helene in Brixton again for a couple days before I walk down to the Gatwick Airport. Days are getting really short and cooler, so I have been stopping early to find a good camping spot with lots of dead wood for a campfire.

One man stopped to chat and gave me a hot Cornish pastry from the local bakery. He said I looked cold and wet and needed something hot in me. Walked down to Gatwick the day before my flight and camped in some woods near the airport. Wheeled my baby jogger into the airport and dismantled it and packed it up in a plastic feed bag near the check in counter. Lots of airport employees came over to chat and find out what I was up to. I always consider it a successful trip if I am still alive and healthy when I fly home. 2126 miles in 17 weeks walking across the UK and Ireland. Met lots of great people and saw lots of great places. Always amazes me how few problems I encounter and how many nice people stop to chat, give me advice, money, food, and sometimes invite me into their home for a home cooked meal, hot shower and a warm bed. Lots of nice people out there and very few bad ones as long as you have a good attitude, smile, say hello, and try to learn a little about their culture and language. I hope I have inspired some people to go out and travel and have an adventure.

Still have a month off till I have to start work at the Ocean Reef Club (www.oceanreef.com) down in Key Largo, Florida. So I will drive out west to check on my cabin at Brian Head, Utah. Also visit some friends in Pennsylvania, Virgina, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and Missouri. Looking forward to working the winter in the Keys and plan my next walk. After camping out in a tent and taking sponge baths for 4 months it is always nice to have a place to stay with a warm bed and lots of hot showers every day.

Have not made a final decision yet, but maybe either across Australia or London, England to Shanghai, China. Looks like about 10,000 miles across Europe and Asia so I would have to break that up into 4 or 5 sections over the next 4 or 5 summers. So I might do Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, and Ukraine, next summer depending on how far I get in 5 or 6 months, and then continue on the next summer from wherever I stop. Will have to do some research on the route, weather, visa's and other factors.

Will get my 3 rolls of film developed for this trip and put them on my website as soon as I can. Looking to try and put a book together this winter. Someone told me about a web based "print on demand" (POD) publisher at www.booklocker.com . You put together a book in PDF format and put it on their website for a setup fee of $500. They advertise it and when someone orders a copy they print up one copy and mail it out and give you a cut of the profit. I would like to get a laptop and go back over all my weekly articles and rewrite them, add my best photos, and my comic strip guy said he would draw up a bunch more strips to put in my book. Easier than trying to get an agent and publishing contract with a major publisher. But if you have a good book and get some publicity sometimes you can get a real publishing deal. So I will let everybody know if and when I finish it and have a book already to buy.

Thanks to everybody out there that helped me on my walk and all the nice emails that people have been sending me.

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Keep on Walking, Biking, and Exercising. Life is Amazing if you get out there and Experience it.

Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

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