Ok dear readers, now is the time to come forward and let me know what you think I may have forgotten to pack for our Coast to Coast.
1) Moleskin Journal. Sorry dear readers, a vacation means a vacation from everything and that include blogging and all other electronic communication. We have a firm rule between the two of us about these sorts of things and only in cases of dire emergency do we update others on our travels, such as the time I accidentally left my cell phone by the side of the road at a picturesque rest stop in Montana. A kind gentleman found my phone, punched in Home and got my mother, whom I am pretty sure had no idea that I was even in Montana. The man said “I have your phone?” To which my mom who has never had a cell phone replied, “I don’t have a cell phone, I don’t want a cell phone and I don’t appreciate solicitations after 5pm.” The man then said, “Well do you know hot Gina?” My mother, paralyzed with fear as to how this strange man from Montana knew about her daughter, asked “How do you know Gina?” The man sighed and said ” I found a phone by the side of the road and the banner message inside said ‘Gina is Hot'” Of course this is a message my friend wrote into my phone many years ago that I thought was funny and I kept it there, something which no one really knows. Due to this benevolent man and my mother’s ingenuity they managed to get my phone mailed home to me and I was able to repay him, with interest, the cost of the “If it Fits it Ships” US Postal Box. So for these extreme circumstances where you have lost your cell phone and your parents are scared bejesus that you were attacked roadside in rural Montana, then, yes, those are the times that we will update others electronically about our day to day travel plans. Barring any of those unforeseen circumstances, you can read about our travels, post trip, right here at 30WaysofWalking. (Aside: if you want to insure that a lost phone is returned to you, always have a message inside that reads “<your name> is hot!” I have lost my phone more times then I am willing to admit and it is returned to me each time because the guy who found it wanted to meet “hot Gina.”
2) Garmin Compass, kindly loaned to us by a friend
3) An international cell phone with UK charger, courtesy of my mobile carrier (thanks to those who steered me in this direction, you know who you are;)
4) Nikon DSLR (thank you to all those who who wrote to me with camera suggestions!)
5) A copy of Strayed’s Wild (thank you to those who helped me choose books along the way).
6) Long Distance Route Coast to Coast Xt40 Map (West: St Bees to Keld and East: Keld to Robin Hood’s Bay)
8) Packhorse Itinerary of Bed and Breakfasts, plus two sets of baggage tags for each stay.
9) Packhorse Baggage Transfer Documents (which as I type this I realize I have not yet properly and thoroughly read)
10) Airline Ticket Confirmation
11) First Trans-Penine Express Train Ticket Confirmation from Manchester to St. Bees
12) First Trans-Penine Express Train Ticket Confirmation from Scarborough to Manchester (must enquire at Robin Hood’s Bay about the bus to Scarborough)
13) Manchester Hotel Confirmation
14) Sandwich bags and Ziplock bags for refuse
15) Hand Sanitizing Wipes and Baby Wipes (see item #14)
16) Sunblock SPF 50
17) Gum for the plane
18) NeilMed and all other allergy medications
19) 32 Double A Batteries
21) Triple Antibiotic Ointment
22) Contact Lenses Kit and Glasses and Sunglasses
23) After bite Baking Soda Gel
24) Ace Sports Tape
25) Ace Self Adhering Bandage
26) Gold Bond
27) Extra Shoe Laces
28) Gauze Pads
31) Emergency Survival Horn (aka Big Whistle)
32) FirstAid Waterproof Tape
33) Comb, Shampoo, Conditioner, Gel, Headbands and Hair ties
34) Fleece Gloves for my skin (two pairs because I always manage to lose my gloves)
35) Vaseline for blister protection
36) Second Skin Blister Dressing Kit
37) Moleskin Blister Dressings
38) Second Skin Blister Pads
39) 2 Daypacks with bladder (aka camelback water supply).
40) Two Headlamps
41) Two pairs of hiking boots (all broken in!)
42) Smartwool PHD and Wigwam Socks
43) Sports Bras and Waterwicking Undies
44) Smartwool Base Layers in Long and Short Sleeves
45) Northface Polartec Fleece with pit zips
46) Rain Coats and Rain Pants
47) EMS Breakaway Pants (the kind that convert to shorts)
49) State Issued ID
50) Credit Card used to book the travel and debit card with chip and pin!
51) My St. Therese Medal, blessed by my favorite Pope John Paul II in hopes that I do not encounter the black adder. WordPress allows bloggers to view statistics about their blog, for example how many folks read your post and how they found your site. Embarrassingly many folks find my site by googling “Dirtiest Bits of 50 Shades of Grey“, but as my husband points out “although they started off looking for something else (to say the least) they found their way to you and kept reading.” I am MORE disturbed; however, that there has been an increase in folks googling “Black Adder Bites” and finding their way to my blog. Are Black Adder bites increasing? Is there a Black Adder influx in the UK? Why are so many people thinking about the Black Adder right now just as we are about to leave? If you have any important information for me on the state of the Black Adder in the UK, please let me know, particularly if there is some type of protection I should bring (I am half kidding and half serious).
Otherwise, dear reader, my head is in a bit of a twist as I am working quite steadily up and until a few hours before my departure. Please let me know if you see any glaring oversights. C2C is almost here!!