Day 21 - Snow, Snow quick, quick, Snow

Neil and Ray woke up on Tuesday morning, 25th April, to discover a layer of snow on the rooftops - and the top of the van. What a change from the start of the 400-mile walk! Neil looks excited but we think Ray's hoping to get to Edinburgh in double quick time. With only two days and 13 miles scheduled, it shouldn't be long before they can spend a night in proper beds. 

Letting a bit of very fresh air into the living accommodation through the open window

Letting a bit of very fresh air into the living accommodation through the open window

They'd spent the night in Pathhead, but the snowfall and freezing temperatures made it difficult for Neil to persuade Ray even to open the window of the van to pose for a photograph. 

Snow on the rooftops and cars - good job Neil can laugh about it. 

Snow on the rooftops and cars - good job Neil can laugh about it. 

Neil wanted his partner Emma to know that he was wearing his gloves and sent a message so that it could be passed on. We guess she'd insisted that he take them but the weather has been so different at home. While Neil was sending pictures of snow, the Heathrow villages were bright and sunny although a little chilly. You have to admire Neil for being prepared to tackle this challenge and face any weather with a smile. 

Parkland in the Heathrow Villages, which would be unusable with Heathrow expansion. There was just one cloud in the sky first thing this morning - you can't see the particulates.

Parkland in the Heathrow Villages, which would be unusable with Heathrow expansion. There was just one cloud in the sky first thing this morning - you can't see the particulates.

"The Firth of Forth is straight ahead in the distance but Ray is not getting out to look because it's freezing!!!"

Neil sent a little update this morning: "Just had conversation in a shop with a woman and the postman.  Both agreed they don't want to fly to Heathrow. They don't like it. It's too big and complicated. They said they want to travel point to point (straight from Scotland to their destination not down to Heathrow first). Not one prompt from me, they just shared this in a two-minute conversation. The lady took a picture of me with the postman that she says she will email to me and I will forward for the website.  Sorry about the technical problems. I appreciate the effort everyone is making.  We are a great little team. Thank you."
 

Christine Taylor