Europe N to S: Just Walking (1/29/17)


Today’s Miles: 24.8
Total Miles: 3,980.3

Past Bras, France – January 29, 2017

The days are yawning open again. I feel then getting longer, adding minutes on each end. The sun doesn’t race away just as it seems to rise. Night doesn’t stretch on and on.

The mornings aren’t as cold. I don’t struggle to will myself up. My fingers don’t numb halfway into packing my bag. Panic doesn’t slip into my thoughts if I don’t have a place to sleep when the sun disappears. I don’t fear the cold.

It all adds minutes and the miles come easier. More days inch over twenty. The map shifts a fraction farther each night. Sunsets seem to drag a bit longer before darkness sets in.

It’s good to be on the right side of the solstice, to feel the pressure fading. It’s strange too, to not have winter hanging over me, pushing me, forcing me forward. I’m used to that threat, that certainty that I will fail unless I walk so far so fast.

It feels easy and hard at the same time. No pressure from the outside to force a equal, matching pressure from within. 

Now it’s just walking.

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3 thoughts on “Europe N to S: Just Walking (1/29/17)

  1. Your perspective is fascinating. It’s been such a joy of mine and I’m sure of others to read your daily reports. Here I sit in my office dreaming of getting out and walking! Being free from the day to day rituals we create and enjoying something new and exciting. Your trip has been and inspiration to many, I am sure of it. It’s going to be a hard day when you finally reach the end(for you and your followers) Until then, we are all willing you on to the end and the next chapter of DANIEL!

  2. I don’t know where those sunray decals come from or who puts them up but it seems like you deserve the right to stick some up where they are missing or needed.Keep on truckin, Mr. Natural.

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