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Day 14 & 15 – Innerleithen to Penicuik

Day 14 & 15 – Innerleithen to Penicuik

There is not much about today except, moist feet, walking a busy A road & coming into Edinburgh. Actually I’m currently sitting in an internet cafe in Edinburgh, with some afro beat music playing in the background, with the lady continuously bringing me pots of tea. I’ll be very surprised if I don’t have a strong caffeine addiction by the time I get to John O groats.

However on days like this, with ‘mundane’ walking you have to look beyond & be patient, and something will pop out of somewhere which just takes you away.

We walk a relatively new trail out of Innerlaithen to Peebles, where we arrive 6 miles later.

Busy peebles, church seen in distance
Busy peebles, church seen in distance

This is a busy town, banks, cafes, art shops, barbers, incense shops & the rest of it. It’s all a bit overwhelming, readjusting to everything, so many options all around us. So much confusion, we grab lunch, and I say to Adam, I’m going to sit in the quiet church, so we go. 45 minutes after meditation in this quiet church, stillness is found. I than walk amongst this busy town, holding space & feeling peaceful. We find a spiritual shop called house of Gaia, as we need some incense to help with the less desirable smells of odour coming from our tents! Only entered in for a quick stop, but end of staying for an hour speaking to the lovely shop worker named Hanisa. Deep conversations are had in regards to spiritual healing, fear, environment, walking, ego and the rest of it. Before we know it its 2pm & we still have 15 miles to walk!

So we depart, and walk along the pavement along the A703, fast cars, trucks & motorbikes continuously pass us, but we grit & bear, as we know we have a rest tomorrow in a campsite just outside Edinburgh..

A road
A road

 

Day 10 – Byrness to Jedburgh (The Cheviots)

Day 10 – Byrness to Jedburgh (The Cheviots)

Today was lengthy, uplifting, tiring, humorous and fast moving. After an amazing night camping in the garden of the forest view inn sharing war stories with fellow campers, we chow down a brief continental breakfast followed by a mighty full English. 2 stones later we depart with high spirits, delighted once again with the hospitality received last night and this morning. The sun is in full effect today and the only way to describe the ramble up Byrnes hill is like a dehydrated camel getting pulled up a vertical ledge.

Taking it all in - Byrnes Hill
Adam Taking it all in – Byrnes Hill

When reaching the top, its across the green Cheviot Hills, and what a love it is to walk these hills into Scotland, windows of pure joy are felt through this serene environment. Beautiful they are, but beyond , where the infinite is found there really are no words but laughter, laughing at what, we do not know. Neither does it matter…

5 miles on walking ‘the walkers trance’ we say farewell to the pennine way, and follow the old roman road (dere street) towards Jedburgh. We find our way quite easily, across hills until we reach a stream to freshen up. We decide to take the long concrete road into Jedburgh. Even though a quiet walk, any walker knows not to walk concrete. It is the most demanding terrain (in my opinion ofcourse), and for the 7 miles, its not easy feeling like a punctured tyre rolling on the hot floor being gentley pushed by the wind. Only our humour kept us going at this stage. Blistered feet , aching shoulders and worn hips are prevalent, but the pain is ignored as I’m on a mission. Staying focused is crucial, as on hard days like this motivations can be lost easily.

We are relieved tomorrow we rest in Jedburgh with its beautiful abbey and Mary Queen of Scots had her or a house here..

I soon fall in love with Jedburgh, and Im sad to leave.

Jedburgh Abbey