We walk across England on the Coast to Coast Way. Today we walk from Glaisdale to Littlebeck — but the taxi that was supposed to take us to Glaisdale not show up and we found we had no cell connection to call. We decided to start at Egton Bridge — where we had spent the night.
We look at St. Hedda’s Church in Egton Bridge.
I read Chapter 78 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.
“Nothing in the world
is as soft and yielding as water.”
The Way follows an old toll road; we see a sign left from those days.
We arrive at Grosmont, a town famous for steam engine locomotives. An early train line began here and they brought old steam engines here for repair and to “retire” them.
“Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible,
nothing can surpass it.”
“The soft overcomes the hard;
the gentle overcomes the rigid.”
We walk through the first railway tunnel ever constructed.
“Everyone knows this is true,
but few can put it into practice.”
We walk up a road — to a moor.
Past ancient stones.
Over the level moor.
“Therefore the Master remains
serene in the midst of sorrow.”
We reach our destination – the Methodist Church in Littlebeck.
“Evil cannot enter his heart.
Because he has given up helping,
he is people’s greatest help.”
There is no lodging in Littlebeck and we take a taxi back to our lodging in Egton Bridge. We will return to this place tomorrow to start for Robin Hood’s Bay.
We watch England play Sweden in the World Cup playoffs.
“True words seem paradoxical.”
GOAL! England scores a second goal and beats Sweden 2-0 to go on to the semi-finals.