“A Journey on Foot.”
Just think about that. When people say “The world is a small place,” I always add “Unless you are on foot.” It’s true. Our rock is huge when you are under your own power. “Th Old Ways,” by Robert Macfarlane takes us on a bevy of walks through England, Tibet and even the Holy Lands.
As a child I walked every day. Mountain hikes with my bow and arrow. Meadow hikes. Swamp hikes. Desert hikes. And as an adult I find myself wanting the same thing. I’ll be staring at maps later today actually. Planning the next human powered adventure. This book brings a lot to the table, but the ONE thing I want to mention is something mentioned casually at the beginning. The idea of “skull-cinema,” or the dialogue that happens in your head while walking. It’s real. People ask where I come up with my story ideas….now you know. Walking, riding.
And don’t think you have to be a country dweller to reap the rewards of one foot in front of the other. Urban hikes can be equally as powerful.
Get it, read it.
Cool post, Daniel. I’ve been thinking about this recently. Started riding my bike to work after being completely sedentary for a year, it was quite painful, but it also felt amazing to use my “human power”.
If you can get in three days in a row your body will change to adapt. Suddenly you will feel strong like bull.
Being from South America, I read The Wild Places while living in north of England. Such an enjoyable book.
S. America is my fav place.