How did my equipment and body fare during the nine days of walking?

My gear held up well, but I definitely could have used a better waterproof jacket, a cover on my backpack and waterproof gloves. The cold weather prompted me to buy a wool cap with earmuffs and wool gloves, both found in Glenridding. My Gore-Tex boots were invaluable, and made a huge difference in my comfort level. Toe blisters were stifled with constant bandaging of tender spots. My legs were thoroughly taxed when I first started out, but got stronger as the miles and days passed. Eventually, I found I could walk for hours without stopping. There was no problem with knees or other joints. I lost about six pounds and an inch of waistline. All in all, a most challenging and healthy experience.

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