Now that our next long trek has been decided, it’s time to start thinking about learning the language. When in Rome … speak Italian.Read More
Over the past couple of months, I've been going on at length (or maybe ad nauseam?) about 'Great Adventures', and one of the big items on my bucket list - trekking one of the world's 'Great Hikes'. I listed the candidates in a couple of earlier blogs; hikes that qualified as a 'Great Hike' and that were also actually doable by Marcie and me.
Now we’ve done the research and there are no more issues to resolve. In the immortal words of Paul Simon in Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover, “it's time to decide, Clyde”. (Or not, as I just discovered after looking up the lyrics. It most certainly is in my own shower version, however. Paul, feel free to add it...). So, which of the 'Great Hikes' will we be doing next year? Read on to find out.
The Thames Path was sort of a trial run to see whether we could still hike reasonable distances each day for days or weeks at a time, while carrying full packs. Although it wasn't without a few blisters and there were the occasional 'Ibuprofen nights' we had a glorious time, and there was nothing that dissuaded us from trying something more ambitious.
Most of the world’s greatest hikes aren’t this luxurious, however, which begs the question as to whether we're now way too old to sleep on the ground, utilizing only the lightweight backpacking gear we can carry. Will we spend a very long night with throbbing backs, hips and shoulders, then be too 'stove-up' in the morning to get into an upright position or tie our own shoes? Will I be too cranky to live with? Time to find out.Read More