The research is going well. Yesterday was a bit of miss because it rained like mad and the mountains were covered in thick cloud…not good for navigating especially on unknown terrain. Anyway the day didn’t go to waste as I drove to most of the trail heads we would be using plus I stopped at the Monastery in Lluc. A nice treat that was. I manage to find a 1:50,000 scale hiker’s map which is better than the road map i was using.
Today was fantastic. The weather played nice and I was able to get up Puig Massanella which is the 2nd highest peak on the Island at 1352m. The highest peak tops in at 1453m but has a military radar dish on the top and hence is off limits…the whole area aroung Puig Major is an off limits military base. Any way the views from Massenella were outstanding. You can literally see all the way around the island.
It took me the better part of 5 hours to ascend and descend. I had to race down the mountain as the sun was fastly saying good bye, and the last thing I wanted to be doing was descending in the dark. The whole summit of Massanella is full of boulders and ankle breaking rocks both large and small, so i didn’t quite relish trying to find my way down under those conditions. Anyway, I made it down with about 40 minutes to spare.
I didn’t bring a decent camera with me which is unfortnate. I did however take some photos with my phone. I’ll have to wait till I get back to see how they turned out.
That’s all for now…reporting to you live from Mallorca.
Nobody told me when to run
I missed the starting gun – Pink Floyd
I’ve come to the realization that I have been fighting my purpose which is to write. And it is because I struggle against my purpose I continue to feel adrift in space and time…drifting to some end of which I do not know, but am desperate to find out. I have only to examine my past to see my purpose hounding me. There is however a block that perhaps I have erected that keeps me from doing that which I know I should. I must find a way through or around this barrier. I feel that once I can knock down the barrier the writing will flow…it will become unstoppable.
I researched a nice route in the Peak District today. We’re taking a group of recruitment consultants there in a few weeks, so I want to get a good look at the ground and walk the route. The walk starts in Wye Dale near Topley Pike and travels south west down Deep Dale and Horseshoe Dale. At the end of Horseshoe Dale, the trail heads roughly north east through Chelmoreton and on to Taddington. At Taddington, the trail cuts north towards Priestcliffe and then on to the Monsal Trail at Miller’s Dale and back to Wye Dale travelling along the River Wye towards Chee Dale. The walk is 11 miles total and took me 4 hours and 55 minutes to complete. The walk was tiresome, but not strenuous. My favourite sections were the walk through Deep Dale and Horseshoe Dale. And I also enjoyed the trail along the River Wye.
I’m off to do some research in Majorca tomorrow. We want to run an Ascent there so I’m off to recon the mountains and find a suitable trail as well as suitable accommodations. It is also my intent to explore some more of this idea of destiny…purpose…
A friend of my has generously donated the gift of immortality to me by having a star officially named after me. My star is located within the Orion constellation. The coordinates are RA5h1m57.76s D5 42’28.55″. It’s to the right of the star Bellatrix