One week tomorrow I’ll be getting on a plane and flying off to China to do what I’ve long been writing about: Walk the Great Wall of China in memory of Hannah.


Getting pre-trek jittersI’m one big bundle of nerves right about now, so thank God I’ve still got a training routine to keep up: Exercise is so good for working out stress and clearing the mind.  I don’t know about you, but I find myself focussing so completely on my heart rate/stride length/other random factor that I lose all track of time.

One concern is the flight: I’m not afraid of flying, as such, but I do have an extreme dislike of it.  Particularly when I’m unaccompanied by a sympathetic friend/family member/Joe* who I can scream at/squeeze the hands off of/go a bit hyper and start thinking I’m Ricky Gervais with.

Another concern is my kit.  Way back in the dim and distant past before I could legally drink alcohol, I went on hiking and camping holiday in Canada.  I’ve found myself more or less assuming that because I still own the rucksack, and know where I put my sleeping bag, that means I’ve got the kit for my China trek covered.

At some point this week it occurred to me that it might be an idea to check my kit list sometime before I travel, you know, just in case.

So this weekend, along with training I’ll be sorting my kit out, to make sure I’m all ready for the big trek.  It might help ease my last minute jitters. Maybe. Possibly. Or not..

*My Joe that is, not just your average Joe.

Image courtesy of Bethann Shannon, the talented artist behind Vera on the Verge.