After having spent the last few days in a car, I thought I would try to write about why I’m walking to Sydney. Rather than, say, flying, driving or even cycling. The last few days have definitely helped reinforce my decision.
If I was driving, I would already be there! No kidding, I seem to be unable to stop when I am driving. To be in constant motion seems to be the most important aspect of life. To get somewhere, to devour distance, reach the goal.
A bit of a character defect of mine that I am hoping to get to grips with and a major reason why I chose walking.
I want to slow down and smell the roses. Actually have time to experience the countryside. Walking is so very much more imersive than driving. One experieces the surroundings and the weather. Hears the sounds and feels the wind. There is no escaping where you are, the only way out is to walk, which takes time and even more interaction with the environment.
Even walking through a small town is very different. One has time, is in fact forced, to see more than just the commercial and often touristic centre. The poorer parts, the more disreputable areas and all the washing hanging out to dry.
I believe that even cycling would be too quick for me, or rather, I would make it too fast. Walking forces me to be slow, I can only get so far, so quickly.
Then there are the health benefits.
Walking is good for you. It really is, I feel great and look forward to getting to walk nearly every day ! The same can be said about cycling, but walking fits even better in a minimalistic view of travelling, closer to what we evolved to be good at doing in order to survive.
There are days of endless sameness, long days that could be thought to be extremely boring, but that gives time for interspection and thought, time to appreciate. Time that is difficult to find in the daily rush of life when you always seem to need to be somewhere doing something, right now.
Sleeping in the car was not as comfortable as the tent. Sure it was warmer, but the seats compared very unfavourably to my air mattress.
I’ll start walking towards Barcelona in the next day or two, where I just found out that my new solid tyres are waiting for me!