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[pct-l] a good read!
To me, he may have had a 12 pound pack, which is nice, but he was home way=20
too early to realize what he just did.
> Here you go. Mr. L=F6fgren writes much more neatly than I do.
> -- Jim
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> 8-8-01 Stefan Lofgren MEXICO ---------------- 84 days -----------> Canada
> "Where did you start?" "Mexico." "Really?" "84 days ago." "Wow, do you ev=
> stop and enjoy yourself?" "You mean like to masturbate?" (Thought, not
> said, of course.) I get this all the time. My only response was "Well, n=
> that implies walking isn't enjoyable. Walking 2600 miles would be pretty
> foolish if I didn't enjoy walking." -- Then trying to understand their
> comment, I watch them pass and their pack completely eclipses them. I
> suppose walking isn't enjoyable with 45 lbs., a bad knee, and a hip rash.
> HERE's MY POINT - Imagine a hiking day as a work week. The time spent
> walking is like your 5 days on. Time lying in the meadow is like the
> weekend. Carrying 50 lbs. throughout the week is like paying into the kid=
> college fund, paying the house loan, paying for the car, the boat, and the
> pool. -- Going ultralight, e.g.. 12 lbs., has shown me the actual walking=20=
> the vista is fun. Leading a simple life, I think, may lead to vibrancy an=
> a happy attitude, like skipping down into camp after 38 miles with the pac=
> on one shoulder. But the trail teaches humility and being humble so this=20=
> all I can think to say. -- Gandalf and Bilbo at the end of the Hobbit.
> 0 G. "You take only two tiny bags of gold home with you? Your share was
> greater." B. "It's all my pony could carry and it's more than I'll ever
> need." G. "So the prophecies of old have come true. Smaug is gone, the
> dwarves and elves live in peace, and the men build a civilization." B.
> "Prophecies, Humph! I had a hand in all that!" G. "Do you really think
> that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for
> your sole benefit? You're a very find person, Mr. Baggins, and I'm very
> fond of you, but you're quite a little fellow in a very big world." B. "U=
> Thank GOODNESS."
> Don't live for the week-end. =20
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