Thursday, June 21, 2012

Juneathon 2012 Day 21 - Summer Solstice

Juneathon 2012 Day 21 - Summer Solstice 
Walk - 7miles, Time 2hrs 30min, Weather - mist, clouds, some rain

The mileage and time is a best guess, and either might be way out, but this much I know: it was hard. The Seven Sisters go down and up quite steeply and though going up takes more exertion going down is a greater challenge for the knees. How some people run them I do not know. They obviously breed people with knotty muscles and great resilience here.
Gone was the one, glorious day of summer and in its stead the clouds descended to shroud everything in a shifting mist. It had a disconcerting affect as you looked ahead on the walk: you could not see the top of the next hill and for all I knew it could have stretched way up into the sky - a rather discouraging idea. There were compensations though. We took a break and for some moments sat staring at the cliffs and the sea birds hovering and gliding. In the mist they would briefly come into view before dissolving away again. It was quite mesmeric.
The picture of Cuckmere, an amazingly meandering river much studied on school field trips, gives an indication of how grey and damp it was

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