Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

A matter outstanding

12th May 2009

While the weather was nowhere near as unpleasant as predicted around my neck of the woods, I nevertheless stayed at home to resolve some other bits and pieces. That a muscle in back started to "sing" to me only helped to ensure that rucksack haulage lost its appeal. Saying that, it proved to be nothing that a spot of Deep Heat couldn’t banish and I have been keeping an eye on things ever since. The twinge started to make its presence felt after excursion undertaken during the preceding (bank holiday) weekend that took me to Appleby-in-Westmorland for some ambling around the Upper Eden Valley and in the vicinity of High Cup Nick. However it got caused is a mystery because I don’t remember doing anything out of the ordinary while wandering through that part of the world. The only thing that I can suggest is some muscles were being put to use that were accustomed to a more sedentary existence and that they got stiff when rested, something that I have seen with those in my legs from time to time. Anyway, that’s enough talk of ailments for now and I’ll try to bring to bring you a fuller report of a good walk on a day with weather not dissimilar to what we have been enjoying today and yesterday. If that hasn’t been enough to cheer the spirit in this time of lush growth, I don’t know what does.

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