Monday, March 24, 2014

Al-righty then

Dang. I've got six days till I take off for LA and family visiting. The good news? All my resupply boxes are done and ready to be mailed by my oh-so-trusty and remarkable girlfriend/partner for forever, Angela. All that remains for me to do is to get them to her art studio tomorrow, where they will await mailing. Truly, I couldn't do this without her support and doggedness.

Last time around (two years ago) I was feeling very different. Terrible intestinal trouble - I thought I might be getting an ulcer I was so verklempt. I was scared and…what? I don't know what. But I guess I was feeling so unsure of myself that I didn't know if I'd manage 100 miles…who could even think of 2,663.5 miles? Well, hey. I've walked 700 miles of hot, dry, waterless desert and I think, and believe, I will be able to do it again.

If there is such a thing as temperament and tendency, I have always been a scared individual. I was raised to be polite, kind and well, British in nature. Not that Brits as a people are timid, au contraire. But there is something about learning to be kind, appropriate and polite that can make a perfectly wild child kinda timid. You could say I've spent the past six decades learning to push against this kind of conditioning. Girl training is part of it. I remember the adult women in my youth saying that it was important to let the menfolk think they were the smarter ones. Really? Who ever thought that would be a good idea? Maybe people without economic power…? Well, never mind why, it is still a lesson I learned that follows me everywhere I go. When you have to temper your own talents against someone else's ego…Well, it isn't often a very good outcome.

Even given all of that, in ten days I will leave my perfectly wonderful life, home and friends/family/animal friends and start walking north, to Canada. What a crazy idea! I can't really say why this is a good idea but to me it seems right. I am a simple person with a silly idea but I hope to make it happen.


  1. First, it's not a silly idea. It's a grand dream that you deserve to follow. I am excited for you and look forward to following your adventures! Go get em, Shel.

  2. Can't wait for you to Giddy Up and hit the trail! It's going to be fun tracking your every move. This is a "test post."

    1. I reckon the test was successful!

  3. Hey Shelly. I'm so glad I got to your blog before you take off. Such a wonderful, exciting, fantastical journey. Cristie

  4. Woo hoo, you go Shelly Belly! I'm with you in spirit! - Half Step

  5. Thanks Half Step! I'm mired in details now (I'm sure you remembere that) but soon I'll be off. It will be an adventure for sure.

  6. Hooray for you, Shelbel! I'll be eagerly reading your blog. Take good care of your lovely self, and enjoy the journey.