There are only three more sleeps in my home here on the prairies before I begin the journey to Vienna, Austria where I will join, what will be a group of ten, for a 500 kilometre [300 miles] trek through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, and finally into Italy. I am taking part in the European Peace walk – EPW for short – which was first walked in 2014. I encourage you to read more about the EPW here. Of course, I won’t be walking it while nude regardless of what the image to the right suggests. This is not a NEWT event.
For those interested, my backpack with all that I am taking weighs about 14 pounds or 6.35 kilograms. Of course, I haven’t included water or munchies in the backpack weight as that is something that is constantly changing as a day wears on. My target weight was 17 lbs or 7.7 kg which is about ten percent of my body weight which is accepted as a reasonable weight for long-distance hiking, day-after-day hiking while carrying a backpack.
So why do I do these long hikes? After all, when all is said and done, it isn’t easy or all that kind to the body. Basically, it is the process of walking, or hiking that is at the heart of the matter. There is something that happens to the mind, body, and spirit when engaged in these hikes. It is akin to a pilgrimage where the journey changes the pilgrim. We rarely realise it, but each day that we “walk” through life, we are on a pilgrimage – not one that is tied to a church, but one that is bound to one’s spiritual and physical nature. Consider it a form of therapy, depth therapy, and you get a good idea of what it is all about.
More to follow . . . . . .