I hiked most of Offas Dyke over 9 hiking days but in the end ran out of time and needed to get home. I had had my op in April and had told myself that from 1st June I was going to resume normal life. I was a bit nervous when I got to Chepstow but soon realised that even with my rucksack on my back I felt good. My first night in my tent went well, as in fact did all the others. I experienced a bit of rain, the worst day was on top of Black Mountain. The wind was so strong I had real trouble trying to stay upright!
A really good hike, it had all of the ingreadients I look for, mountains, rivers, valleys, woods, fields, etc, etc plus of course pubs, beer and pretty good food.
My physical strength was really tested between Kington to Knighton, the ups and downs in that area were very hard at times.
The only time my prostate problem bothered me was always on the downhill bits. It was so easy to jar my body as I stood on rocks, or had to make a real effort to steady myself from falling headlong. These clumsy body movements showed me that my bladder control could still be a bit wooley to say the least! I often felt that I had either just wet myself a little, or just thought I had wet myself, but on checking I hadn't. Very irritating to say the least and I seemed to spend a lot of time going, or trying to go to the toilet.
I had taken some pads with me 'just in case' (I bought and cut some cheap saitary towels into 3 pieces) but I did run out at one point. I then popped into a small shop and bought some more. When I go hiking again I have to re-think how best to manage this problem. Hopefully, even this difficulty may pass soon?
I now know what to plan for post op, it was so easy pre-op!