Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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

Miles travelled today: 4½
Miles travelled so far: 160 (1824 from Bag End)
Miles still to go: 418

Percentage complete: 28%

Point reached on journey: We have just left the place where we camped for the night which was up on the crest of the High Pass. It was cold and there was no water source.

Where I really went...

What has become our usual circuit around the lanes. I didn't take pictures, but the view was splendid. There was snow on the mountains in the Bala direction, so it would indeed have been cold if I'd really been camping on the crest of the High Pass. Thankfully I was walking lower down and as there were sunny spells it was very pleasant walking: not too hot, not too cold.

This was the tenth time I took Brith out and it's difficult to say whether he's making progress in being calmer about things or not. However, it is only our tenth walk, so it probably just need more time and perseverance. I did deliberately stop in a couple of gateways to stare at the scenery for a few moments in an attempt to convey to him that we don't just rush round the walk as fast as possible. I think he is a bit bemused by this concept.

Things encountered


Numerous cars

No problems

Two Landrovers

No reaction. Either there is some subtle difference between Landrovers he reacts to and those that are deemed OK, or there was something about how we met them that enabled him to remain calm.

The bouncy black labradors

Frenzied barking and leaping.

An elderly chocolate Labrador

Dog spotted with its two owners in the distance coming in our direction. As we approached, at first Brith could be distracted by treats, but once a certain distance was reached, even a morsel of cheese was rejected. However, he didn't bark on approach and only spoiled things by whirling round once we were past and giving a couple of parting barks.

Several walkers and a cyclist

No reaction. Once he realises that they don't have a dog with them, he is fine.

Lamb in the road on the wrong side of the gate

Absolutely not interested.

Pheasant taking off suddenly from the hedge nearby.

No reaction. It made me jump, but Brith didn't turn a hair.

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