Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Bringing My Story to Life - Day 3

Day 3

I found a wonderful support community for this challenge on Facebook. Most of the people who posted walked/hiked and had some pretty impressive pictures. They inspired me. Mine pictures may not be of the Pennine Way. There more local. My pictures are from Teaneck, NJ, a small town across the Hudson River, about 7 miles west of NYC.

My video is a small part of my walk through the park at the end of my street. On the return trip I noticed my neighbor across the street from me had a new resident... on the lawn. It's not a lawn ornament.

Tomorrow's plan... back to the gym!


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Bringing my Story to Life


I’m writing a short story for a Christmas box set. My story is The Duke’s Lost Love. It is a cross-over story to my series, The Ladies of Sommer-by-the-Sea. The venue for these stories is in the village of Sommer-by-the-Sea not far from Newcastle.

I wanted my hero and heroine isolated and forced to work together. Christmas. Snow. Snowstorm. Avalanche. I was definitely on to something. Now all I had to do was find mountains. I was in luck. I found Pennine Way.  Steeped in history and traversing spectacular landscapes, the iconic Pennine Way stretches for 268 miles (435km) across England’s wild northern uplands.

The route follows England’s rocky spine from the hills of the Derbyshire Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales, through the stunning Swaledale Valley, across the North Pennines and over Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland to the Cheviot Hills, ending in the Scottish Borders in Kirk Yetholm.

The path was the idea of the journalist and rambler Tom Stephenson. He was inspired by similar trails in the United States, particularly the Appalachian Trail. Stephenson proposed the concept in an article for the Daily Herald in 1935, and lobbied Parliament for the creation of an official trail. The final section was declared open in a ceremony held on Malham Moor on 24 April 1965.

I closed my computer for the day knowing I found the mountain range I needed for my story.

In the morning, before setting out for the gym, I went through the news on my phone and saw the word Pennine in passing. I scrolled back. It was an article about a virtual hike along the Pennine Way. Here is what it said...

Follow the first National Trail in England which takes in 3 National Parks – the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland, as well as the North Pennines AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Our Pennine Way virtual challenge stretches for 268 miles of breathtaking landscape, all the way from Edale, in the northern Derbyshire Peak District, to Kirk Yetholm, just inside the Scottish border.

A unique experience where each participant will log their mileage-based activity and advance along the innovative interactive map.

This extraordinary journey allows participants to keep motivated and active, set and achieve physical goals and stimulate mental and physical being whilst in their own local surroundings.

Unlock Digital Postcards

Unlock a range of carefully researched, motivating postcards and interesting landmarks to keep you entertained and motivated during your journey. Each postcard reveals interesting information about points along the route. Download them to keep or share on your social media.

Track yourself and others!

After completing your mileage-based activity you can upload it to your interactive map and instantly move along the route, zoom in to street view to see your surroundings virtually as if you were really there and check where others are around you from the leaderboard.

Check the mileage log for all your activity and see how far you’ve come!

This is sure to keep you motivated to achieve those fitness goals!

I put the information aside and went to the gym. I haven’t been there for two years and decided to start small, on the treadmill. As I watched the steps accumulate, I thought about the Pennine Way and the virtual walk.

When I returned home, I signed up. Within minutes I got my Bib number and all the information on what to do and how to submit your miles.

Here are the results of Sunday and Monday…

Here is my place after 5.05 miles on the trail.

I turned on the 3D view to see what is actually around me.

I have 5 months to finish this challenge and I'm taking you with me all the way! I need a cheering team. At the moment, my heroine, Nanette, cannot wait to see what is on the other side of the hill.