I walked down to West View Lodge where I was met by cheering people waving balloons and banners. The photographer from the local paper was there as well. Then inside to more greetings, tea, chats and a tour of the home. This was rounded off by a hugely generous donation. Then from Hartlepool I walked along a cycle track, stopping off at a cafe for scampi and chips! Then came arguably the most horrible and dangerous section of the entire walk to date - the verge of the A178 - as there was no other way of walking into Middlesborough. I have got used to walking on busy roads but there has always been some way of keeping off the road. Here on this stretch of road however, the verges were bordered by densely overgrown spikey bushes and trees making it impossible to keep myself and my rucksack clear of the passing traffic. It was a busy time on the road and there were lorries passing every few seconds. In the end I had to spot the next available resting place further along the verge, wait a few minutes for a rare gap in the traffic and then leg it to the relative haven of a recess. Horrible. Dangerous. No thanks! I made it to the transporter bridge and was given a free lift over the River Tees into Middlesborough.