I've just been looking at the blog and I want to thank Eleanor for all her efforts to keep it up to date. Thanks also to eveyone who has sent photos and written comments of support. It was also amazing to learn that we have two nights accommodation in York and that I have a meeting with the Arch Bishop.
I'm looking forward to spending a few nights in a real bed and things are looking up in this respect. Janie in Durham put me in touch with Robert and Philipa in Thorpe Thewles and they have sorted out a place for Eleanor, Manu and I on Friday night.
Robert walked with me this morning and left me about 2 miles short of Yarm at around 2-o-clock. It took me ages to get through Yarm as there were many interested people to speak with. I was walking through as the schools were coming out and I met with a woman and three kids on their way to their Grans. They were so into the story that I was presented with 5 sausage rolls. I ate a couple and stashed the others in my bag. They caught up with me a little later on and the two boys were walking bare foot!
I then walked on to the Crown Hotel in Kirklevington (about another mile). I went in to use the loo and was offered a pint when I came out. I've just enjoyed a great meal here and am so full that I'm going to struggle to move on. I've actually just turned down a desert and another pint! I'm going to struggle to get to Osmotherly tonight but I will certainly not need any food before bed so I can walk till late on. Many thanks to Barry and Alison and everyone else who gave me a warm welcome here at the Crown.
I'm going to hit the road again.
All the best,