Writing this here as a way to start some serious planning for the tour. By imagining how a day might pan out, I can start to think of the things that I will need, plus it will also be useful for anyone interest in accompanying me on a stage (none of the following is cast in stone so it is just a suggestion based on a bit of map work).
Sunday 26th August – Start of stage 9 – Warwick to Stratford 11 miles
One of the shortest walks of the trip – well short of the normal 15 miles. We had our rest day in Warwick yesterday and said farewell to X who accompanied me from Abbots Bromley. And we now welcome Y who will be with me on the 4 days to Woodstock in Oxfordshire.
In time-honoured fashion we begin the day with green tea and our SmartSword exercises at around 6:30. The first part of the walk begins at 7:00 after a short video blog (watch it here). Don’t forget you can follow our progress by looking at live tracking on our blog pages.
Our delightful travelling hotel “4TVan” takes us to the start of the walk which is a couple of miles to the west of Warwick to join the point where we left Shakespeare’s Way on Friday. From there it’s around 4 miles to Hampton Wood where we will be rendezvousing with 4tVan for breakfast at 8:30.
We then make our way following the course of the Avon to Stratford (eta 12:00) where we will head directly to our gaming venue at the Stratford Sports Club. Today we will be playing Detect-o-saurus, our dinosaur hunting game, as well as a spot of toy hacking, Mission Explore, and spreading the word about DEB. Of course, this is preceded by a spot of lunch assuming Driver D has stocked up with provisions.
Our stop-over point is near the Dirty Duck and once again, after our supper, we invite other musicians to join us in an hour of songs and, maybe, Shakespeare. We will set off directly from here tomorrow when we will be stopping at Shipston (or shipping at Stopson.