Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
2005.01.12 : The Next Caper
"Okay, ramblers. Let's get ramblin'."
                - Joe Cabot, Reservoir Dogs

To: pitely@marywood.edu
From: michael stephen fuchs 
Subject: Walk
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2005 04:49:50 PST


Would you care to walk across England with me in the last
two weeks of March?

If so, here's some reading material, to pick a walk, &c.


I'm guessing, amongst all my friends, this will be your
speed. No one likes to walk like Mark likes to walk.
The weather in March in the north might be a wee problem.


From: "Pitely, Mark" 
To: 'michael stephen fuchs' 
Subject: RE: and again
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2005 09:44:07 -0500 


You are correct, I am definitely interested. I could care
less about the weather - it is England we are walking
across. I'll let you know more when I have looked into it.
I will check my schedule, but 2 weeks is no problem, 3 is
okay, too. 


From: "Pitely, Mark" 
To: 'michael stephen fuchs' 
Subject: RE: and again
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2005 10:30:45 -0500 


I actually shelled out for a really nice tent this year.
It's very light and embarrasingly easy to set up. Takes 20
seconds. No rainfly, even, it's specially made.

Unusual or crappy weather is par for the course in England,
as I understand it. To truly appreciate the place, rain is
a must, but I guess across 2 weeks of hiking, even pissing
rain could put a damper on things, when coupled with cold.
Seriously, though, we survived 2 months in Africa - we
can deal with the worst England can dish out without
breaking stride. (Plus, we can take taxi rides across the
23 mile stretches, drunk as lords, if we have to).


To: "Pitely, Mark" 
From: michael stephen fuchs 
Subject: Zee Valk
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2005 02:11:55 PST


In the spirit of things - and to see if my new (quite cheap)
vegan hikers are going to make the grade - I walked home
from work last night. And I didn't precisely take the direct
route. Almost three hours on the hoof. It was great. I'm
starting to see what Dickens was on about.

There are quite a lot of considerations we're going to have
to address, particularly if we camp. I think the fact that
you bought that tent may decide that issue. We can always
try for an occasional B&B if we want pampering. And I
assume you're conversant with what gear we'll need to pull
off camping. But, first amongst the considerations is dates.

My sense from my preliminary reading is that April is the
earliest we could reasonably do it. (Otherwise we may be
hiking in snow.)


To: "Pitely, Mark" 
From: michael stephen fuchs 
Subject: RE: Zee Valk
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2005 03:07:39 PST


Okay, I'm thinking last three weeks of May would be ideal.
13-15 days for the walk, 2 days travel time on either end
- and a few days for you to check out London/slush time.

I bought a guidebook last night. I know how you feel about
guidebooks in general, but this is a bit of a special case:
we have to have one to find the route, which is really
scores of trails that are more or less connected. Yes, it
also provides details and history on some of the things
we'll see, but I promise not to read it to you. And,
anyway, the vast majority of the text is on the order of
(and I'm opening the book at random here): "Beyond the
gate the path continues to climb for a while, then levels
as it approaches a group of sheep enclosures at the tip of
Great Tongue." We'll also need Ordnance Survey maps and
probably a GPS.

Speaking of which, I'm going to start compiling a list of
needed gear, as well as any tasks we need to complete. I'd
like to do it as a sort of wiki, so we can both update it.

Last night, in addition to the book, I looked at shoes (as
well as other gear, while I was in the outdoors shops).
The really nice thing about deciding on a caper like this
is that it gives you a hobby for months.

Finally: I don't want to jump the gun - and I certainly
don't want to speak for you - but I'm already developing
a sense that this will be the coolest thing I've yet done.
Yes, we got across Africa - but we had hired a big truck
and a bad-ass and knowledgeable local with a tire spanner.
This will be all us. 178 miles of pedal locomotion, from
the Irish Sea to the North Sea.


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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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