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Episode Info:     Welcome to another five thoughts essay. I am starting to think that these are going to be an ongoing feature and will probably have very wide ranging subjects but at least this one is very much on topic for this blog. Five Thoughts on Long Distance Walking Forward I don’t think that I can call myself an expert at long distance walking, but I am getting there. I may not yet have done my 10,000 hours, but I have walked 10,000 km as I write this (almost 12,000 km if I include the-test walk) and have definitely reached a few conclusions about what works and how it affects you. I am not even halfway through my walk from Stockholm to Sydney and hope to learn a lot more in the coming year or two, but these are my thoughts as they pertain to long distance walking, as off now. I’m certain I will change and refine some of them with more experience and feedback but that is as it should be. This is a start and as everything in life, it is susceptible to both change and improvement! :) The Journey Walking is the most natural and instinctive form of locomotion there is. We are all more or less capable of it, in one form or another and it can take us almost anywhere in the world. If you are like me and you can’t walk on water, there are some natural limitations, but you get the idea. The one “problem” is that it is far from the quickest form of transportation available. But that is also its greatest feature. Because of the time it takes to walk, and the way you are exposed to the environment during your walk, it is the method of moving that most fits the axiom “It’s the journey that is important, not the destination”. In fact, I would claim that the journey is the only important part of a long distance walk. The destination is only a way to set a limit. The “perfect” walk would be never-ending, without a destination, existing only as an end in and of itself. A walk through life. It is fascinating that the the Chinese philosophy, or religion, of the “Tao” can be translated as “the way”. When you walk you are necessarily exposed to the world around you. If it rains you get wet, and if it’s hot you will most likely sweat. Reality is all around you and becomes a part of your experience. You are forced to live and experience the present and your surroundings as they are, without the filter of air conditioned comfort. Even if you choose to leave your current location, you have to interact with it as you slowly move towards your new destRead more »

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