I ache. I think I have blisters on the blisters. I haven't taken the shoes and socks off to check yet. Number one priority at the moment is getting some fluids inside me.
Mistakes I made today:
[li]Don't go for a long walk on the hottest day of the year so far.[/li]
[li]Don't go for a long walk if you haven't worked yourself up to it.[/li]
[li]Don't start the long walk wearing KSOs and no socks.[/li]
[li]Don't take off the KSOs and walk barefoot on red hot tarmac for a quarter of a mile, thinking you had sand in the shoes. (Well, you did, but walking on the road isn't helping your newly formed blisters.)[/li]
[li]Don't plan a long circular walk and park your car at the point of highest elevation on the walk.[/li]
[li]Don't walk the route the wrong way round, so the steepest and longest incline is uphill.[/li]
[li]Don't forget where you left the sun cream.[/li]
[li]Don't do all this the day before you're about to start a new job.[/li]
In total, I did 9.1 miles according to the GPS and it took 5 hours. At the half way point (by distance) I put some socks on and changed into TrekSports. It was still agony, but at least I was not doing myself quite as much damage.
I did bring (just) enough water, some juice and a snack.
For those interested, this is the walk: http://www.walkridesouthpennines.co.uk/walk_inner_detail.php?id=2485&area=5