I was tidying up parts of my Around the Edge of England blog when I realised I'd miscalculated one of the journey distances - and thus the cumulative distance of the trip so far. It was only a small error, but significant enough to warrant correction. Becuase of the way I've structured that part of the blog however I had to go through it and also correct all the "cumulative distance" figures from that point onwards. Fortunately, or so I though, the error had occured towards the end of the trip, but in the course of putting things right I uncovered another mistake.
There was nothing for it but go back and add up all the 183 bus journeys, 11 ferries and the trains and trams again to achieve a correct total, this time using an Excel spreadsheet, which was what I should have done in the first place.
Interestingly, at first the various errors all seemed to cancel each other out and for a long time I was only 1km adrift, but then I noticed that I'd entered the distance of the bus 149 from Grain to Strood as 8.6km, which was clearly wrong as bus 148 Rochester to Grain - an almost equivalent journey - was 22.1km!
|Wareham, Dorset. 2,000km from Lancaster via the Edge of England|
Hopefully I won't make the same mistakes in recording Days 35 to 40 of the trip which, starting tomorrow, will take me from Harwich to Kings Lynn - a stretch of the coast I'm really looking forward too, even if the connections on the first stretch are so dubious as to require a "back-up plan to the back-up plan"!