Amazingly, all the travel arrangements worked out as planned. The flight departed a bit late which was compensated for by a shorter than usual flight time. The only problem was the unsanely early time at which I had to get up for this. Some naps in the plane and later in the bus (the trip from Heathrow to Reading isn’t really interesting, especially as I had done it numerous times some years ago) helped me through the day.
And what start in Penzance this was! On the way to the youth hostel I bought my gas canister but still it was too early to check in when I arrived. I decided to use the time to repack my rucksack because the “flight mode” wouldn’t suit me during the walk.
I had just started to spread my kit around when a guy with a large backpack arrived. We soon found out that he’s doing LEJOG as well and started today. Comparing our routes we found out that there’s a good chance of bumping into each other at least here in the south-west as Jack also intends to use major parts of the SWCP.
Then I went out to find somewhere to eat. A couple who saw me studying menus recommended another restaurant, supposedly the best place to eat in town. Well, it wasn’t bad but if this is the best place I’m glad I don’t ended up somewhere else.
After this slightly disappointing meal I decided to walk through half the town for a pub with its own brewery. And this was a brilliant idea. After I’ve told the lady at the bar of my plans every other guest was informed about it as well. I had a really nice chat with Jan and Nick (hopefully I got the names right in my tired brain …). I will try to remember the postcard to “The Crown” to let you know about the finish 😉
On the way back to the hostel I secured my breakfast for tomorrow as I will be away very early (again, we’ll see if that becomes a habit). So this was day 0, tomorrow the real stuff starts! The weather forecast is quite promising, I’m looking forward to a nice walk and spectacular views along the coast.