“We all apply sticking plasters to our lives in the forms of booze, drugs, affairs, card games, various addictions, holidays, luxury hotels and travel ‘experiences’ in our efforts simply to cope. But the idle traveller, for better or for worse, rejects the sticking plaster and goes on a journey into the soul. If he glimpses hell on the journey, so be it. He will glimpse heaven as well. And after the long and arduous climb, the view will be superb.”
So, as we get ready for our month cycling in Spain and Portugal, why are we going? At one point we used to say we hoped to follow Anne Mustoe’s example of doing 50 miles a day, five days a week. We have always believed that a month on the bike would change us physically – for the better. After Jacqui’s accident we are not sure that will be possible. We will have to cycle yourselves fit again and take it easy at the start.
While planning day routes I have been trying to take us places with something to see and the chance that we might get to them with time and energy left to explore the sights. Not always easy when you have a final destination in mind and a more or less set date for return.
Now, maybe finding “The Idle Traveller” has been lucky. Perhaps we should go for the joy of the cycling yes, but at a gentle pace that will give us time to wander, look about us and just be together. Sounds like a promising starting out point.
- The art of idle travel (telegraph.co.uk)
- Where to be idle: the best places to escape modern life (telegraph.co.uk)
- The Idle Traveller by Dan Kieran: review (telegraph.co.uk)