Training, Trains and Training

A busy day today.

Up early again ( but not that early ’cause the clocks went back last night ) for a twelve miler through Water Orton and Curdworth, joining the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal to Marston. From there it was past a field getting ready for a car boot sale with cars queuing to get in and it wasn’t even seven o’clock!
Onward to Lea Marston then Hams Hall and sneaked into Coleshill via the railway station. From there it was another two miles back to Water Orton and Home. So that’s my walking training done.
I wore my new shoes today and unfortunately I had rubbed my heel away after a couple of miles necessitating a break to check the damage and apply Vaseline. Strangely, it was my right foot that suffered – it’s usually the left if either at all. Hopefully it’s just a case of breaking them in – fingers crossed.

4464 Bitten

After breakfasting, the royal we picked up a couple of train-mad grandchildren and headed for the Tyseley Railway Works open day. Lots of locos in various states of repair including a fully working Bitten; sister engine to the world famous Mallard. That’s the trains of the today’s blog title.

Mid afternoon, I drove down to Emsworth on the South Coast between Portsmouth and Chichester in readiness for a week’s training for work. After installing myself in a nice looking B&B, I took a walk into the town, clocking up another couple of miles or so. From my digs to the course venue is just under two miles so I may be getting a few miles in walking there and back throughout the week.
I’m also hoping to get a few longer walks in on the evenings but I don’t think that I’ll be seeing much – it gets dark far too early!


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