Sunday, April 04, 2010

The Hadrian's Box

In July of this year I will be walking the 84 mile long Hadrian’s Wall footpath. I am doing this in aid of The Joseph Salmon Trust, a charity that provides financial support to parents who have lost a child. This might be help with things like funeral costs for those struggling to afford them, or to allow the self employed to take time off in order to grieve.*

I've known since July, when Dan from All that comes with it asked around for fellowwalkers, that I wánted to join and I've known that I'd be really góing on this walk since early August 2009. Since then I slipped it in almost every casual conversation that I've had with someone who didn't know yet.

"But..are you walking alone? Or with friends? How did you come up with this idea? I didn't know you were such a walker."

These are just some of the first reactions. And then I'd have to explain that I have a blaaawg and that I've met some pretty interesting people in the blogging community (I can't even remember how I've stumbled across Dan's blog). And that, no, I haven't actually met any of these people yet and that I'm sure I'll survive..somehow.

My brother and sister didn't have that same trust in my survival skills and so they decided to put together a survival box as a present for my birthday last February. I've since named it the Hadrian's box:

Hadrians walk

What's in it? Why is it taped up and why the **** is there a chain wrapped around it!
Well..they decided that the stuff that's in the box really should only be used untill I'm in England. Till now they've put in a pocketknife, ducttape and a small spices set. They promised me that he'll fill it up with more 'usefull' stuff before I leave. To make súre I don't open it beforehand my brother has the key and won't open it untill early July or just to add more stuff.

So that's the story about the Hadrian's box. My brother will be joining me in Nottingham for a nerd-out at Warhammerworld and after that, to scare the locals in London.

I'll update with more information about the Hadrians Walk and where and how you will be able to sponsor me for it. For now you can read more on the Hadrians walk and my fellow walkers on

*Stole this text from Dan.


Blogger Arkonbey said...

You know,if they want to put something useful for England in that box, £25,000 ought to do it ;)

Sounds like it'll be a blast! We've got vast amount of old stone walls in Northeast U.S., but nothing from two thousand years ago.

5 April 2010 at 19:55  
Blogger Arjan said...

I've been looking forward to this since I signed up. We've got some remains here and there but nothing as big as the Hadrians Wall.

Hmm that 25.000 could work for sure haha.

5 April 2010 at 22:24  
Blogger Dan said...

That looks liek a pretty hefty box to fit into a backpack!

and spices? Wow, you will be prepared!

6 April 2010 at 00:35  
Blogger Arjan said...

That's why I get the I don't have to let you carry my box ;)

6 April 2010 at 08:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the idea behind this walk - it sounds like it will be both a fantastic stroll (I'm Australian so "stroll" is said with smiling sarcasm) and a fantastic gift to others. Awesome.

8 April 2010 at 08:25  

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