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Cheesy feet on wheels

Bryce Canyon

We often were asked why? Why did we decide to hike? To tire the muscles of our legs until stretching them in your sleep wakes you up because it hurts. Tire your feet to the point where your blisters are bigger than the blister cushions you use to cover them. Tire your mind to not being able to think about anything else but “Has it been 1 hour already? When is the next break coming? Damn, these 30 minutes feel like forever” after having traveled through the deepest fantasies of your mind. Maybe a car wouldn’t be a bad idea. After all, didn’t many travelers say a car offered you freedom?

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North America Travel

The (s)trip in Vegas

I remember when we arrived in Kentucky Camp while on the Arizona Trail just 2 weeks ago.
We were both sitting in that couch leaning on each other, getting some rest. I took a break from my readings to soak in all the emotions flowing through me at that particular moment. It reminded me of those evenings at home when we were both sitting in silence on the couch, my eyes closed, feeling that incredible mixture of emotion somewhere between happiness and peace. I guess I could fully understand Prousts’ Madeleine for the first time. For a moment I asked myself why? Why did we leave everything behind? I shared my feelings with Kenzi. We couldn’t come up with an answer..

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Rides and Candy

Kenzi hitchhiking and holding Death Valley sign

As seasoned hitchhikers, you might think we stick out our thumb, armed with a shield of patience and motivation, ready to brave the seemingly endless minutes of uncertainty and roller coasters of emotions going from hope to deception with each car that rides past you. We never really got used to it. Each minute standing there in that uncomfortable stretched-arm position seems eternal. Your best fake smile you put up becomes stiff, your shoulder starts to hurt and no matter how hard you try to keep it fun, monotony will always be the winner of the game.

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The bathtub of Patagonia

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As much as we’ve been running away from routine, it begins installing itself along our hike. Find a spot to pitch our tent, unpack our bags, set up the tent, blow up the mattresses, cook, .. all before the sun sets. In the morning we would start over again but backwards, like an old videotape where you’d press the rewind button. Cook, deflate the mattresses, unpitch our tent, repack our bags, leave our spot and hit the trail again just when the sun rises. But every location is different, every sunset and sunrise has different colors. The landscapes and nature change at the blink of an eye. So, even though you repeat the same things over and over again, they don’t feel like routine at all.

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