Well I'm up early and am answering emails. BBC Wildlife have been in touch and Leica have donated a jacket. Wonderful people have sent messages and I'd like to take this opportunity to give a massive thank you to those people who have sponsored me. It appears that the link to the charities Just Giving sites are nt working and I'll fix that asap. Thank you so much everyone.
Going to try to get to Slough via the canal network towards Rickmansworth. Won't be able to cycle but I can push 'Sid' - the bike. The roads yesterday had frozen ice and snow along the edges and the slushy tarmac was the domain of the traffic. I would be suicidal to cycle.
A fabulous couple Maddy and Richie rescued me yesterday and put me up for the night. I'm using their computer at the moment and hope I haven't woken them up. Maddy is a teaching assistant at a local Primary school, taking care of a particularly difficult child. She went to a Rudolph Steiner school in Wales. Richie unfortunately a Liverpool fan [!] is a fascinating man. Such diverse interests, modern art and music, travel and life; great to meet them both and obviously very grateful for the bed and food.
By the way, if you see my route and can offer accommodation, or any help, then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. or text me on 07988754090.
Right now to try and get a couple of hours sleep before setting off for the big push!
Love to you all,
PS sorry no birds mentioned - haven't seen many recently. Cormorant following the frozen canal the best yesterday.