Road walking is tough... Especially tough on your joints... Sometimes you just have to suck it up and look on the bright side of things. There sure is a lot of road walking on the PNT. You know me and my damn positivity by now, so naturally I've made a list of the highlights:
- I love dead animals and I find all kinds of road kill out here. Why is it that a dead rattlesnake is cool but a dead house cat makes me want to cry? I'm working on my species prejudices.
- I don't have to concentrate on the ground because it's flat and smooth, no rocks and roots to trip over. There isn't a more clumsy hiker than myself, so this is a definite plus!
- Bridges are cool... Actually, they are very cool!
- Farm land is pretty cool, too!
- I see plenty more people and get to wave to all the passerby's... Hopefully showing these drivers a glimpse of this thru-hiker lifestyle. One even stopped for a quick high five.
- It makes you appreciate the mountain THAT MUCH MORE!
- Had I not been road walking by the oil refinery, I might have missed the fine print... I won't be swimming in the "Imazapyr and/or glyphosate"
- If I get injured, I don't have to wait a week for a hiker to find my broken body.
- You'll most likely pass a bar, lounge, casino or gas station stocked with beer and Bloody Mary's.
All in all, road walking is part of the hike. I'll take a hitch here and there on a hot busy highway, but sometimes the road provides a lovely little escape from all the overwhelming beauty on trail. An escape from beauty... I like the way that sounds. I found an old license plate on one of my walks and I'm wearing it on my pack until the end. No, you may not see my registration, fine sir.