So when I first thought about doing this crazy walk I had this idea of chucking a few essentials in a pack, sleeping under the stars and living off my wits.
Needless to say it got far more complicated, and I ended up with a tent, stove, spare clothes, wash kit, book, phone, phone charger …..and a very heavy bag. I have enjoyed the comfort that comes with this gear, particularly on wet and windy nights but I have also wondered about the other options.
So yesterday I made my way to Coverack where I stopped earlier in the year for the 40km walk to Falmouth. Only this time it was back to that original idea, sans excessive kit. Having a light pack was wonderful especially as I had to move fast to catch a ferry at the halfway point.
And what a perfect day it was, bright sun, not a breath of wind, beautiful paths and me and my super light pack. I walked into the evening and as the sun began to set s found a spot and laid out my bivy and snuggled down to watch the sunset.
The thing about being in a bivy is that you see so much, I watched the stars appear, the moon rise and then…I feel asleep, for about 30 minutes before waking up, freezing.
I thought this will be a long night, but thankfully I was wrong, I didn’t wake up again until about 4am when I forced my eyes open to see the incredible stars and was rewarded with three shooting stars.
The next time I awoke it was light and I managed to wriggle out of my bag, find a squashed scotch egg for breakfast and get moving. At 7.30am it was already beautifully warm and I had a lovely potter into Falmouth, bought some snacks (and possibly some cider and wine) and was lying on the couch before noon.
I think the bivy experiment was a great success, I might have to repeat the experience.