The First Stage

The Coast to Coast walking book divides the journey into 13 stages. We’ve added a stage – actually getting to St. Bees where we start our trek, and contrary to plans, we’re not there yet. We’re at the Heathrow Sofitel Hotel in London, and while being here was never any part of what I imagined when thinking about this trip, I’ve been wanting to get David to a Sofitel for years, having stayed at the DC and Chicago Sofitels several times and loved them. It’s as lovely as expected.

We’re here for the most common of air travel reasons – we couldn’t get to England Friday night due to a huge cold front moving east, causing massive thunderstorms and wiping out the connecting flights that could have gotten us to an international flight. Instead of flying to Manchester Friday night, we flew to London yesterday morning This morning we’re heading into London to get a train to St. Bees. If plans work out this time, tomorrow we start the official First Stage.

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About Grace Mattern

Grace Mattern is a poet, writer, mother, grandmother, partner, friend, family member, gardener, triathlete, hiker and for 30 years was the Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She resigned her position at the Coalition on June 15, 2011 in order to concentrate on her writing, while continuing to engage in the movement to end violence against women as a consultant and advisor. Her chapbook Fever of Unknown Origin was published in 2001 and her full-length poetry book The Truth About Death was published in 2012.
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One Response to The First Stage

  1. Anne says:

    Can’t wait to read your posts on the walk and see some photos! I hope you got to do something fun on your unexpected night in London, but I’d imagine you were jet-lagged. I’m looking forward to seeing this amazing adventure you’re embarking on through your eyes.

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