Just to prove that the Old Repeater Station is remote:
But Les has done some nice touches:
Breakfast was great – a toasted bacon butty just what Mom fancied and then we were off —- to catch the ‘bus to Once Brewed. Les let us leave the car at the Old repeater Station so that we could walk back to it.
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Climbed up from Once Brewed towards Steel Rigg and set off to the right – this was the challenge day!
By the time Mom took this photo we were already well above it!
We plodded on – up and down, up and down, up and down again and again and again. Sometimes just slopes but most of them with stones set into earth to help you stagger to the top or the bottom depending on which way you were going!!
The views were phenomenal:
We got to follow some rather familiar stone work very closely too! (Mom says that now she knows what the Hadrians Wall stonework looks like she keeps seeing it everywhere! I think she’s suffering from altitude problems!)
You aren’t supposed to walk ON the actual Wall at all but Mom chanced it with my small paws in an endeavour to get a ‘looking noble’ pose:
More like looking tired with ear flop happening!!
More Milecastles than you could throw a stick at (if you had the energy after all those climbs and descents!):
Then – oh deepest joys of deepest joys – WE MADE IT!!!!!!!!!
The solitary sycamore of ‘Robin hood Prince of Thieves’ fame – and guess who we met coming the other way? yes, our 4 Dutch friends!!
We carried on along the crags and above the Lough:
We wandered through a Scots Pine copse where the smell of pine resin was really strong – lovely!
Finally things started to get a little gentler towards Housesteads and I got the ride in the rucksack I had been asking for for some time. Snuggly on Mom’s back all was well for about 1/4 mile when I feel asleep, leaned away from Mom, undid the zips and fell unceremoniously to the ground in a kind of ‘collapsed baby deer’ pose! (Think Bambi on ice)
Mom was startled, I was still only half awake but we pulled ourselves together and continued.
At Housesteads we had our lunch but I simply fell asleep next to Mom on the bench. Two men roared with laughter when she was trying to feed the fast asleep me bits of cheese!
Finally we made it back to the Old Repeater Station to offers of tea or coffee and a welcome loo stop for Mom. then in the car to get some batteries for the camera and on to Saughey Rigg for the night.
By the time we landed Mom was aching all over but especially her left shoulder and right ribs that wrenched rather badly when I fell out of the rucksack.
We unloaded into the bedroom and Mom came down to a pot of coffee with cake and fresh figs in the lounge. I joined her but more for the soft sofa that she found it hard to get p from. We both staggered upstairs and dozed until dinner which was scrumptious. I was allowed in the dining room and Mom finger fed me bits of her chicken – yummy.
Hot shower before bed for Mom to try and help the aches in her calves and the pain in her shoulder and ribs. (She was walking as if her ‘horse had been shot from underneath her’ at this stage!!!!)