I'm going to be homeless, essentially, for this challenge. I've just moved out of my flat, because of a relationship break-up that made my first challenge pretty wobbly (among, of course, other things). I will be coach-surfing and cat-sitting over the summer, while I figure out what's next. In some ways I'm looking forward to it - I can make it a species of retreat, recalibrating and exploring for a while. I like to think I'll be Rangering it up, so here I am. Hello! Breaking up is horrible. You know that. And I've broken up with the best man I know. We still love each other, make each other laugh, and prefer curling up on the sofa with Thai food and Muppet movies to most things. But we realise we want different things. Our paths are going to diverge, so we split in order that that divergence doesn't make things toxic. It's the hardest, most grown-up thing I've ever done. I moved most of my stuff into my Mum's garage (thanks, Mum), and packed only what I could carry on my bike to take me through the summer. That forced minimalism felt oddly freeing, despite the sadness of the reason. And, as I rode from Kilburn to Clapham with one bag on my handlebars and another on my back, my head kept telling me this: Not all those who wander are lost. And I realised that I don't have to be. I can be sad, I can be angry, I can and will worry that we've done the wrong thing. But I don't have to let that sadness, anger or fear derail me. I don't have to be lost. I can use my wandering to work some stuff out. I can use the fact that I must travel light for a bit to teach me to travel light in other ways. I'm heartbroken, but I'm also excited. So, for this challenge, I'm going to take little steps. Nothing massive that can be derailed by moving around, and give the black dog a way in. 1. STRENGTH. Got to be strong if I'm going to be a Ranger. I worked on level 1 of Convict Conditioning last challenge, and given my circumstances it seems smart to keep on with bodyweight. Also, functional is the way forward. I'm going for two sessions a week. On day one I'll work on level 2 moves to see if I meet the beginner standards. If not, I'll continue with level 1. STR: 3 DEX: 1 2. ENDURANCE. So much cooler a word than 'stamina'. I'm working towards a 100K walk in September, so need to start proper training. I plan to walk the 135 miles from Bag End to Bree during this challenge. I'll be walking at weekends, as I tend to cycle during the week, so will work out a progression for the 135 miles over 6 weeks. Hopefully I'll finish with a walk to Brill, on which Tolkien modelled Bree. STA: 3 CON: 1 3. FOOD. I'm going to fall out of love with toast. I'd like to do Whole30 at some point this year, but given that I'm relying on other people's hospitality, now's not the time. On this challenge I will cut out wheat during every meal I have control over. That's breakfast, lunch and some dinners. CON: 3 WIS: 1 4. LIFE. I know exactly what my overall quest is, but I'm not going to share it yet. It's been a dream for too long, and I need to get my shizzle together and really do something about it. All the above goals will work towards it, and so will this. I will write every day. 200 words. That's ridiculously manageable, and will mean 15,200 words at the end of the challenge. WIS: 2 CHA: 1 Excited. Let's go! All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.