Monday 1st January 2018 - New Year’s Day
Got in from my New Year’s Eve gig at 0305z, so there was to be no early start. As it turned out, I didn’t need one.
The main objective was to continue the sequence of consecutive daily activations by activating one of my local summits, though in the back of my mind was the possibility of doing all three of them.
I left the house at 10.45am and made my way to the parking spot for Shining Tor G/SP-004 via the Co-op for a breakfast top-up. I thoroughly enjoyed my brisk walk-in to the summit and wishing fellow walkers a happy new year.
I was “travelling light” with no rucksack or pole; just my handheld and logbook in my coat pockets. No problem though, four contacts easy enough on the summit before I walked back down to my car.
I now drove down the A54 from just after the Cat & Fiddle, and then along the lanes through Wincle and Danebridge to get to Gun G/SP-013. It seemed that half the world was going for a New Year’s Day walk in the Danebridge area with a huge number of cars parked along the road and walkers kitting up everywhere. The Ship Inn at Wincle would be doing a roaring trade later one would have expected.
The walk to Gun summit was a bit soggy as usual, but still passable in nothing more than trainers. Again, I just had the VHF handie, but no difficulty in amassing six QSOs. Second summit of the year qualified. On the descent, I stopped for a nice chat with a lovely lady walking two dogs, one at heel on a tight leash - because he was terrified of people she told me, and one loose - with a tail wagging furiously and no interest in people!
So, finally over to The Cloud G/SP-015, where the parking was in very high demand, but I got the last space. I was hoping to buy a bag of logs from the cottage at the bottom of the track, but couldn’t see anyone about. I did see a sign with a number on it though, so I called it and left a voicemail.
Business was much brisker on The Cloud than it had been on the previous two of the day’s summits. Nine QSOs went into the logbook, and the points for the year from my local three, were safely in the bag. On my descent, I noticed that a voicemail had been received, and it was Carl from the cottage to say that I could collect the logs on my way down.
So the fire at home has been burning with logs from The Cloud, as we had family round for a New Year’s Day dinner. I was back home by 3.15pm, and felt somewhat satisfied to have completed and qualified the three activations and done two lots of shopping, all within a window of 4.5 hours out of the house. Really enjoyed it too. Happy New Year!