Posts Tagged ‘Walking’


Talk about living light… walking for 22 years with just a pack on your back…

John Francis lived a wild adventure and wrote a book about it. Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.

The book gives the details of an interesting life but the book is NOT a well told story.

The book is more like a dry diary. I wish he told more stories of what happened instead of the linear facts of what happened. I wish he told more about his thoughts and feelings along the way. So much potential was missed. Oh well….

For other books in this genre check out:

The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words by Peace Pilgrim



I have a secret emergency philosophy: PADASW.

It stands for “Pick a Direction and Start Walking.”

When I see people who live horrible lives and are really down on their luck for a long time, I wonder what their life would be like if they just PADASW.

If you live in a ghetto on the east coast and have no hope for living a better life in the near future, PADASW. Just face west and start walking for one day, and then another and then another and so on. Just follow your feet and see what happens.

What you end up experiencing and the people you meet has got to be better than the train wreck of a life you are leaving behind.

If you live a deadend life on the west coast, PADASW.

If you feel empty and dead inside, PADASW.

Mind you this is just a theory I’m working on. I have not yet put it to the test.

But I do know there are people who cant find a job who have decided to spend the recession hiking the Appalachian Trail. Instead of spending time at home waiting for employers to start hiring again, their hiking and meeting other hikers on the trail.

That’s not exactly PADASW, but it’s a close cousin. 🙂


5,000 KM Beard Growth

A one year hike across China. November 2007 to November 2008.

Christoph Rehage grows a “Mighty Long Beard” on trek across China.

A long walk, a long beard, and the magic of time-lapse video.

To view details of his one year trek across China read his extensive travel diary at