12.6km – with Prasana.
Why do you go hiking?
We really needed to get away for some time last weekend and the only solution was a hike in the countryside of Surrey. I hoped that I could leave behind the many road works, uncertainties and annoyances of my life, recharge my batteries and come back with the feeling of accomplishment, like I had a bath in the fountain of youth.
Ahhh… It didn’t go quite as I hoped. Although Prasana had a great part in positively clearing my mind (Thanks, Schatzi), my own laziness stood in my way to get a feeling of some kind of achievement.
Reason being? It’s hot. Here. In England. Imagine that. Summer here are usually 20 degrees and sunshine (if we’re lucky), mild spring weather so to say. At the moment, entire continental Europe is sweating under 35-40 degrees Celsius and even a few degrees made it to England this time. 27 degrees. And I’m not a friend of heat. It just makes me totally lazy. So lazy, I’d rather stop breathing to preserve energy if I could.
So instead of being an energetic jumping mouse, I felt totally drained, dreaming about that 2-litre-ice cream pack in my freezer at home and me lying on a picnic blanket in the shades of a willow by a little, bubbly stream.
We turned around after only 6,5 km, cancelling our 21km hike after just 2 hours. It did give the hike a new flavour though. Because we don’t walk according to maps but instructions, we had to find our way back reading the instructions backwards which was challenging at times.
And I realised how much of the hike I missed by reading the instructions. It’s a completely different walk if you don’t have your nose in the paper all the time. That was actually quite enjoyable. Maybe I should switch to maps. Or just following the footpaths cross-country, get lost, and at some point find my way back again. I’ll think about it.
What did you do in this heat last weekend? Did you go out or hide in the shades?