What an emotional day!! Hunstanton is my 1st pinpoint on the map, a place to aim for since I left London just over three weeks ago.
I have been to Hunstanton at various points of life and as I reflected back on those visits today, tears of sadness and of joy came and went. As a relatively fit CHD patient in my late twenties, I mucked about on the beach with friends whilst on a weeks holiday. Fast forward six years and I came back whilst in end stage heart failure and could only manage to walk 100 yards on the sandy beach before sitting down, completely out of breath and legs screaming in pain. Two years after transplant I was back having walked 100 miles on the Peddlers Way and North Norfolk coast path. Today I was back having walked from London around the whole of East Anglia.
I knew when planning this walk that if I got to Hunstanton then I would be able to do the lot. Not because of difficulty but mentally. I now have a routine, habits and most importantly, a belief.
The day started with a very amusing interview on North Norfolk radio. Wayne, the DJ, gave me a huge superhero build up which really made me chuckle. I then headed by bus inland to meet Dawne who is the BHF’s Fundraising Manager for Suffolk and Norfolk to visit and talk with people at a cardiac support group. This was an unexpected bonus and I really enjoyed hearing their stories. I returned to the Norfolk Coast path around 1pm for the 9 mile walk across the dunes to Hunstanton.
As I walked towards the multicoloured cliffs, the sun came out. I had arrived in ‘Sunny Hunny’
Tomorrow looks tricky. Storm Doris will mean I will have 50-60 mph winds and a whole day of rain for my 18 mile walk to Kings Lynn.
Think of me in the warmth of your houses, offices, schools etc tomorrow. If you do, pop onto justgiving.com/atrailoftwohearts and maybe donate a fiver?