I have started a list of walking quotations, please help me add to this list:
- “The distance is nothing, only the first step is difficult” – Madame du Deffand
- “On every mountain, height is rest” – Goethe
- “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking” – Nietzsche
- “I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking down the same river” – Zhuangzi
- “Now shall I walk or shall I ride? Ride, pleasure said, walk, joy replied”
- “Walking is man’s best medicine” – Hippocrates
- “Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking” – Machado
- “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to” – Bilbo Baggins
- “But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.” – Gwyn Thomas
- “The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.” – Tibetan Proverb
- “When I rest my feet my mind also ceases to function” – J. G. Hamann
- “It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks” – Anatole France
- “To be everywhere is to be nowhere” – Seneca
- “One meeting by chance is worth a thousand meetings by appointment” – Arab saying
- “In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “A pedestrian is a man in danger of his life. A walker is a man in possession of his soul.” – David McCord
- “For knowledge, add; For wisdom, take away.” – Charles Simic
- “To go fast, go alone; to go far, go together” – African proverb
It was a revelation when someone introduced me to Zinc Tape for blister protection and recovery. I have been using this for many years and it has saved the day on many occasions.
Then someone told me about Hypafix tape. A few youtube videos later and I realise this is used by runners and extreme athletes for blister prevention.
This stuff really works and is very easy to apply, maintain and remove. It is useful stuff for improvised plasters – just add lint and disinfectant to a wound and seal in place with Hypafix. If you do get a blister, you can build custom solutions with this tape quite easily.
But for me, it’s all about prevention. I tape up any part of my foot, which is beginning to feel it might blister beforehand; usually my heels, but everyone will have their own blister hot spots. A good covering of 1-2 layers really works wonders.
With a bit of effort, I have finally got my head around using Google MyMaps. This is an extension to Google Maps that allows you to overlay points of interest (POIs), photographs and route information on top of Google Maps. This aids navigation and can be used to record locations on your journey for future reference.
Here is the MyMaps I used for the North Sea Cycle Route. It shows campsites, photographs (automatically geotagged), Ferries and other POIs.
Click on these links to interact with the map. You can switch each layer on/off and zoom into each country:
Digging into the web site statistics, I am surprised at the web site traffic for the National Trails. Is there an inverse correlation between my favourite trails and their popularity?
You would expect the Pennine Way and South West Coast Path to lead the table, but why is the West Highland Way so low in the chart when it is easily the busiest path I have walked.
What is not to like. Viewranger has published the GPX files for England and Wales.
Viewranger GPX Files
I’m liking this navigation aid more and more but still, I hanker after Backcountry Navigator.
I could sit and watch this for hours. I am glad I am a walker and not a sailor. Earth Wind Map. Also shows wind at various heights so you can see the effect of the jet stream. If you are a sailor you can see waves height patterns too.
For those of you who managed to see Secret Knowledge “The Living Mountain: A Cairngorm Journey” presented by Robert Macfarlane on BBC Scotland (still on BBC iPlayer) the story of Nan Shepherd inspired me to read her book.
If you love the mountains, I highly recommend it.