Weather: Mainly sunny, a bit more clouds in the early afternoon
Some tasks were on the list for today. This included first and foremost finding a physiotherapist. Over the last few days I developed some problems in the lower back, especially painful when getting up in the morning from a lying position. I was lucky to get an appointment for the late morning. The physio did a good job in relaxing the stiffened muscles and gave me some tips what I could and should do the days to come to improve it further instead of worsening it. He said it was a well known effect of imbalanced strain on the left and right side, not uncommon with walkers and runners. Nothing to worry about as I took action immediately.
Then I paid a visit to the barber because after three weeks this seemed more than necessary, some grams less to carry up the hills 😉 And I fetched the next resupply parcel from the post office, sorted its contents (most important: the map booklet for the next national trail and a new pair of the shoes I’m using) with what I still had in my pack and send the rest back. Interestingly, prices and regulations for parcels to Germany seem to vary depending from where you send them. I understand that weight and wanted transport time make a difference, but apart from that I’m astonished that the parcel here from Bath costs thrice as much as from Barnstaple.
The remaining time I spent just strolling around and admiring the city. I wasn’t in the mood for museums or other cultural edification. I went over Pulteney Bridge on the other side of the Avon. There I discovered St Mary’s churchyard with some interesting graves.
Much of the streets there reminded me of Edinburgh’s New Town. I assume that both had been planned and constructed at a similar time.
Then I came across a small shop for antique maps. I guess you can imagine what happened? Right, I stepped in, had a nice long chat with the owner and browsed through different sections of his maps. I could easily have spent more money in there than my bank account (and my financial advisor) would appreciate 😉
This left only the pleasant choice of where to go for the evening. I opted for an Argentine steak restaurant and had a very delicious meal. Back to the pub discovered yesterday as there were other Bath ales left to taste.