And where do we go from here? Which is the way that’s clear? Walk On.
Taking a few liberties with David Essex lyrics “Rock On”. I remember this song from Junior High (1973) – I’d never have imagined back then how it might be the theme of my life. Walk on.
I use the health tracker on my iPhone to track my miles – especially when we are in training mode like we are right now. Preparing for our second Camino de Santiago just three weeks from today. But even when we aren’t “training”, our lifestyle involves a great deal of walking. The best possible exercise there is.
Thanks to my health tracker, I know that I have walked 4600 miles in the last three years. That’s like walking from Seattle to New York and half way back. Or about a fifth of the way around the world. Not bad for an old gal.
Since beginning our world tour, we have come to realize how walking is a mode of transportation for most people around the world – but not in the USA. We much prefer not to have a car on our travels, to avoid the hassle of parking, gas and navigation. But
sometimes we need a car. Even when we do have a car, like here in Antiparos, we still walk everywhere. Yesterday we walked from our house 7.8 miles round trip to visit the caves. As we arrived at the caves most of the other tourists were arriving by car or scooter. Some by bicycle. We were the only walkers.
Walking offers so many benefits beyond the health benefit. It helps you slow down and be present. It provides you an incredible opportunity to see and hear things that are not possible from a car; plants, animals, bugs, geology. We stop often when we are walking to inspect little treasures, from a tiny solitary blossom to a giant geological feature. Walking puts you up close and personal with so many things – things people in cars never realize are even there to enjoy.
However, walking is also time consuming. It’s a bit like golf. Not a sport you can take up if you have a lot of time constraints. But for us, time is a precious gift we have. A luxury. And so we walk.
We could have taken the car to the caves, but instead we walked. We could have taken a bus in Berlin to visit the wall, but instead we walked. We could have hired an Uber in the big cities, but instead we walked. We could have driven to the beach, the castle, the store…but instead we walked. Because we love it. It is good for us. And we have the time.
My Fab Fifties Walking Life. For this I am grateful.
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