Day 208 Mile 208: Curiosity Called the Cows. On my journey to work I often have to drive past a small footpath sign, set back in the corner of a hedgerow which points tantalizingly through the foliage and across a style. On my way to work today I took the opportunity to stop and see where it led.
The path wound across the fields down towards the direction of the sea, passing under a railway bridge which hunkered over the track and opened into a field in which a pair of buzzards spiralled in a wide double helix only a few feet above the grass. Continuing on thw next gateway took me into a field of cows where things became slightly more complicated.
Having lived most of my life in a rural/semi rural evironment I’m not unused to livestock and once in a while a bit of respect is justified. Starting out across the field I could see I was being watched. Not a problem I thought, they have calves with them so it is only natural. So, i carried on at a sensible pace, keeping my distance and close to the hedge when gradually a bovine line started to form across the field. Hmm, ok. Then it started to canter. I recalled seeing a gate that lead into a little holding pen about 30 feet behind me, so I stopped to see if this was just a mischievous show of force by the cows and that if I didnt intrude they might just find me boring. The cows however did not decide to stop when I did so I turned, and at a walk, growing to an all out sprint made for the previous gate!
The rest of the run compromised largely of getting back to the car, without getting back in THAT field again: diving through hedgerows, ducking barbed wire and squelching through ankle deep mud.
As I type this at work I realise my main error of the day, bringing a change of clothes but omitting extra socks!
I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.
Distance: 1681.9 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!