Pure jealousy! One of my weegie (Glasgow) born colleagues’ feeble attempt at parody. Mine first (missive to all colleagues to direct them to this blog) followed by his repost – a challenge for all East coasters and foreigners!

“Dear colleagues,

I will be departing on leave from tomorrow afternoon until the 1st of November. Husband Brian and I will be attempting to walk through the USA from Mexico to Canada – the aim is to leave a continuous set of foot prints from one border to the other. We’ve done something similar along the Pacific Crest Trail in 1998 and succeeded in walking the whole way (seems a long time ago…). This time we’ll be on the Continental Divide Trail which goes through New Mexico , Colorado , Wyoming (Yellowstone) and Montana , roughly following the line of the Rocky Mountains . 2800 miles – averaging 20 miles per day and stopping for resupply roughly every 5-7 days (depending on where a road to a town crosses the trail or we pass a friendly ranch, ranger station or petrol station that accepts supply parcels we’ll sent to ourselves). We’ll be camping all the way (looking forward to hearing the coyote at night).

We expect to be within reach of public internet access probably every other week or so and will try to post photos and a blog. I know that the SEPA internet IS setting isn’t amenable to allowing access to our blog at work, but the photo site seems to be acceptable. So if you wanted to see how we are getting on, feel free to “pop in”.”

Glasgow Version:

“Am gauni Paisley fur ra holidaze at Eestur,

Ra Police report hus phot-eez fae thi last paste-in a goat there. I um hopin’ to hit social services every other day as they huv drop in ceturs in Borheed Charstlon and Dykebar fur battered wives ( I asked if I could huv a go the last time I wuz at the Back Snedon Centre but they said that wuzni appropriate and wid a no cum back). The Holiday will be oan the Sectarian Divide Which runs mostly through Thrushcraigs and annexes the Charslston Coldellera which has a number of known hot spots. The kids an I dae this every year couz it cheap an the Sally Army gie oot survival boxes wae Ritz crackers and Primula cheese which geez the wains a hot meal at least wance a day if yi pit them in the microwave. Yi can also huv a Hot “Spring Release” operated shower as well but they check fur nits so it takes a basturd long time so we may furgo that pleasure. We wull be mostly taking the bus coz walking wid expose us tae the wildlife to much and some of them unerston English and realise we might be ripin the pish. Looking forward tae listenin’ tae the night sound of animals f$%kin’ or killin’ wan another ( the Foxes and birds will be a welcome interlude). We will be stayin’ at big brothers so will have intermittent internet access if I can get him af Ranger fan club site. I will however be mosltly bladered so willni be arsed tae type. If ony yis want tae keep up wi oor exciting travel itinerant itinerary; Naw! “

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