Finally, I have started training for the walk! Straps to carry the shield sorted, I thought, it’s now or never. I’ve walked just over 4 miles/6.5 km each time, once with the crested Montefortino helmet (in the photo, it’s missing a feather – it fell off on the walk – but thankfully, I found it again later). It’s acutally quite comfortable to wear the shield like this, although it needs a little adjusting so that it doesn’t knock off my left leg. The helmet is another matter – it’s slightly too small, and I am a little concerned about what my head will feel like after 85 miles/139 km!