Okay, so I didn’t mention this until it became obvious that I had a problem that I was not going to be able to walk off but I had been bothered by a pain in my right for for several weeks. By the time I reached the Forth Bridge I was barely able to walk.
So on Day 71 I went to A and E in Dunfermline to find out what the problem was.
It turned out I had Plantar Fasciitis – damage to the plantar tendon under the foot. It is a common enough sports injury and not serious but you sure as heck cannot walk 15 to 20 miles a day on it! In my case it was caused by the relentless pounding my feet took over 10 gruelling weeks. Not wearing the right boots (I found out later) didn’t help either.
There was nothing for it but to suspend the walk, come home and rest the foot until it is thoroughly healed. It has to be THROUGHLY healed if I am to resume, simply because of the further pounding it will take, even. with wearing more sensible boots the next time.
The foot is slowly healing but I won’t get around Scotland before winter even if by some miracle I am able to resume soon.
So I have decided to wait until Spring and see how things are then. As it is, I did over a thousand miles, which is about 200 more than a walk from Lands End to John O’Groats and I met some fantastic people along the way.
I want to thank from the bottom of my heart all the people who supported this crusade with help and donations.
I remain the Drug Free Kids campaign’s most dedicated supporter and will continue doing my utmost to help it, whether that is by more walking or in fact other means.
I already have some things in the pipeline and will announce these as they come to fruition.
Meanwhile PLEASE keep donating to Drug Free Kids at http://www.drugfreekids.com as this is what it is all about and why I undertook this mega hike in the first place. The campaign to bring all kids an effective education about drugs that will help them remain drug free remains as vitally needed and worth supporting as ever.