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Eowyn Challenge -- Isengard to Minas Tirith with Merry and the Rohirrim

Miles travelled Thursday: 3½
Miles travelled so far: 59 (1723 from Bag End)
Miles still to go: 519

Percentage complete: 10%

Point reached on journey: We have reached Helm’s Deep. After entering the Hornburg, we have rested and Legolas and Gimli have shown Merry around the Deep. All sorts of exciting things have happened and after consulting with Théoden, Aragorn has decided to take the Paths of the Dead. We are now we are riding out again through Helm's Dyke and down Deeping Coomb.

Where I really went...

As you will no doubt have guessed from the photos I posted yesterday, it was one of our trips to Caerleon. We travelled down on Wednesday evening and stayed overnight in the Travelodge in Pontypool.

We drove into Caerleon early because G had meetings all day at the university. After dropping him off, I parked in the university car park and I wandered down the hill. I sat near the Roman Barracks in the sun for a while and started reading Nicola Morgan's Write to be Published.

Roman Barracks Caerleon

It's not easy to take an interesting photo of the Roman barracks because there is not much left.

Anyway, this gives an idea of the regular layout.

Then, when it clouded over, I wandered back up the hill again and did some work in the car on the Eee. At lunch time I walked back into town and ate at the Baker's shop-cum-cafe which is tucked away down a back street, then wandered around a bit more, visiting the amphitheatre and the museum. We drove home that evening.

Here is another photo from the trip. The gorgeous blue of the delphiniums caught my eye as I was walking down one of the back streets.

House with delphiniums

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