A few days ago I woke up very late in the afternoon. AGAIN! Actually, it’s a fairly normal routine for me. Any of you that know me, know that I’ve always been a night person, and have suffered with insomnia since I was teenager. I’m like this even when I feel like everything is ok with my life. For whatever reason, though, this time I felt horribly depressed about waking up so late. What a waste. I start thinking about how my life for the last several months has just been one useless shitty day blending into the next. I’ve lost my ability to see into the future. I’m tired of where I am in my life and in my mind. Feeling completely helpless and stranded. I daydream that I just walk away. Then it occurred to me, why not? Why can’t I just walk away? Even just for a little while.
So, fuck it. I have decided that I am going to go for a walk. A very long walk. I am going to procure what supplies and funds that I can, and am going to walk from my house here in Gardnerville, NV to Seattle, WA. When this idea first struck me I did a little research online. Many many people have taken walks across America. As much as I would love to take a walk on that grand of a scale, I know that’s a bit out of reach for me at this point. I decided that walking to Seattle would be a good way to start something like this. I’ve been on the west coast all my life and am fairly familiar with it. I’ve been to Oregon and Washington and lived in Seattle for a few years. I still have a few friends up there. According to Google Maps, it takes ten days to walk from here to Seattle. I don’t know about that. I’m thinking that, with sleep and a few stay overs here and there, it’ll be more like twenty to forty days. I’ll start my walk in May or June to (hopefully) avoid any lingering Winter weather. When I get there the weather will be nice and warm and dry. Not sure how long I’ll stay or how I’ll get back, but I’m not really worried about that part for now. In the meantime I’ll need to start training. Basically, just going for a nice long walk everyday. Depending on the weather, I’ll probably walk to Reno a couple times. It’ll help me with conditioning and getting use to any gear that I’ll be using.
In the meantime, my favorite Depeche Mode song just came on the radio, so I’ll just leave you with that. Enjoy!