I am back again this week with my latest blog post on how far I have walked. This week isn't going to be the easiest for myself and Sarah for obvious reasons. On Sunday 19th of April in 2015 at 5:28am we welcomed the most specialist of lady's in our lives. Ava was born at 23 weeks and 1 day gestation. The fact that Ava survived for 6 long weeks by defying every obstacle put up against her just showed the type of little girl she was.
She was so special to both of us and not a day goes by that myself and Sarah don't think of her. She's my whole reason for doing this walk and she gives me that sheer motivation to do it, she is the reason that I have lost all this weight and she is the reason that I get up and go for walks in the rain and no matter how tough the weeks are its because of her. People don't like to talk about losing a child but I want people to remember her and the legacy she has left behind her. In many ways it can be bittersweet that this weeks is Ava's 2nd birthday and on the 27th its Luke's 1st birthday. You never would trade one for the other and we are so lucky to have Luke he's what makes the hard days seem that be easier with his little character and it certain ways looks like Ava we are so blessed and through the shit times you realise how lucky we really are. The one thing I might ask is if you were to buy Ava a present for her birthday could you please maybe just donate a small bit to my charity page and help someone who might need it more than you or I.. Donation Link
I am now in Abergavenny which is 10km away from the English border. That means I will have finally reached England on this virtual walk with 5 weeks left to go. 246km left to complete and I will have reached london.
Abergavenny (//; Welsh: Y Fenni pronounced [ə ˈvɛnɪ], archaically Abergafenni meaning "Mouth of the River Gavenny") is a market town in Monmouthshire, Wales. It is located 15 miles (24 km) west of Monmouth on the A40 and A465 roads, 6 miles (10 km) from the English border. Originally the site of a Roman fort, Gobannium, it became a medieval walled town within the Welsh marches. The town contains the remains of a medieval stone castle built soon after the Norman conquest of Wales. The town hosted the 2016 National Eisteddfod of Wales.
Abergavenny is promoted as a "Gateway to Wales". Situated at the confluence of a tributary stream, the Gavenny, and the River Usk, it is almost surrounded by two mountains – the Blorenge (559 m, 1,834 ft) and the Sugar Loaf (596 m, 1,955 ft) – and five hills: Ysgyryd Fawr (The Skirrid), Ysgyryd Fach (Skirrid Fach), Deri, Rholben and Mynydd Llanwenarth, known locally as "Llanwenarth Breast". It provides access to the nearby Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Offa's Dyke Path is close by and the Marches Way, the Beacons Way and Usk Valley Walk all pass through the town.
Thanks for reading.. Happy birthday my little princess :)