A slight weight increase today, but never mind. You’ll also note a slight degree of ambiguity in the old step count, caused by me forgetting to put my Fitbit back on after charging it yesterday.
Anyway, today, being my first proper day off after my slightly weary weekend, I had a Plan. Anyone playing close attention to my posts will recall that I cancelled a semi-plan last just over a week ago due to a slight gap in the train timetables, and I was determined to carry out that plan today. This involved leaving home at the outrageously early hour of 9:15 to make sure I got to the station in time for a train at 10:05. Naturally, the bus didn’t arrive until about 9:35, but thanks to my generous padding, I got there in time. Err, that’s padding in terms of leaving plenty of time, rather than my waistline, which had no influence on the matter.
So, I go the train to Darlington, then had a short wait for the train to Bishop Auckland, which I last visited in March. This time Auckland Castle was nicely open for business, so that’s where I went first. More on that in another post, I think.
I had a good wander, which led me to see this friendly face:
You might recall that Stan Laurel, whose original name was Jefferson, was born in Bishop Auckland.
I also saw this less friendly face:
And this splendid old bridge:
Which gave me an excellent view of this viaduct, which used to carry railway lines, but is now a road bridge replacing the lovely but narrow Skirlaw Bridge.
And that viaduct in turn gave me a lovely view of the Wear Valley:
More photos as tuits allow…
Oh, and in case you’d like to see where I went, this is an attempt at embedding the map from Garmin Connect. It seems to work, but may load a bit slowly.
 I find it difficult to believe that anyone does, as most people have lives…
 On some days off, I’m just about ready to contemplate my second espresso of the morning at that time
 Especially if you’re either a native of Bishop Auckland, or are one of those people who not only read my nonsense, but remember it
 Which is more than I generally do
 Garmim site populated by taking the log file from my iPhone geotagging app, giving it a little tweak and uploading.
 For a “glacial” value of slowly, that is