When we set out just after 11:30am, the high for the day had already peaked earlier on at about 18C (65F). It continued lower for the rest of the day.
We drove about a half hour, parked the car, and started our walk at about noon. We actually weren't planning on a 9 mile (14.5 km) hike. We had a guide book with us, and on the one page it said the hike we were doing was 5.25 miles (8.5 km). But we didn't realize that the route we took included another longer section that was on the next page. Around the 3 mile mark, we realized that it was going to be a much longer walk than we thought we set out for.
It started out not bad. Tony and Helen were braving it with short sleeves.
Ruth says there's not enough pictures with me in them. Okay, here's one!
And another! Tony, Chester, Helen, and Kevin
Not quite to the half way point yet. This is just after 2:00pm.
But by 2:30pm it had started to drizzle. It was only going to get worse.
Mud. The second half of the hike we will get to see more of this!
Hmm. Not sure.
Every decent walk in Britain passes by a pub! We stopped in, but only to have coffee and tea.
And more mud.
And then the fog rolled in. At this time, it was getting close to 5:00pm and it was raining fairly steady. We figure the temperature was about 15C (59F).
Came across this funny fellow!
And these horses in the fog.
The last hour was like this! Rain, wind, mud, and cold.
When we got back to the car, we were drowned rats. All of us, including Chester the dog! Looking back on it, we really enjoyed the hike. It was only the last hour that it was tough going and wasn't really enjoyable. When we got in the car just after 6:00pm, the temperature said it was 13C (55F) and it was pouring with rain. Got back home and put the fire on in the living room!
Today is more of the same. Looking for a high of 15C (59F) and it is currently a steady rain out there. It will be an indoor day!
On another note, we officially did not win the Australia contest...
Thanks for all your votes and support! It will be a while before we do something like that again, but if you don't enter, you can't win! Although it dragged on for a while it was kinda fun to do it anyhow.