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How To Train For a Walk Across the Country - Part 2: The Walks

This is the second in a three part series about my Walk For Liberty training. To read part one, click here.

Have you ever noticed that you never seem to go sightseeing in your local area until someone comes to visit? If you’re like most people, you’re probably that way. There might be many interesting things to see or do, yet somehow you don’t make the time to go do them.

That’s happened to me a lot in the places I’ve lived previously. For example, I resided in New York City for 5 years, but much of what I saw around the city happened only when I had a visitor.

My Walk For Liberty training has thus served as “someone coming to visit”. I often spend upwards of 2 hours a day walking, so that gives me plenty of time to explore my area.

Where I Go

At first glance, there isn’t much to see or do in Laie, Hawaii. It’s a small town of about 4600 population, and it doesn’t consist of very many streets. Check it out for yourself. You can imagine that it didn’t take me long to explore every inch of those roads several times over.

I was itching to find something new, and noticed that there were several dirt roads and small paths heading outside of town in different directions. Some of them weren’t entirely obvious, and I had to scout the edge of Laie pretty thoroughly to find them.

Dirt road surrounded by trees

But once I did, it was like discovering a gold mine. I couldn’t believe how much I had found to search and explore, literally minutes away from where I live: dense banana fields, forest paths, and trails with gorgeous vistas of mountains. Each time I would think, “I must have explored everything in this area now,” and then find another path which I hadn’t noticed before. This place is a hiking-explorer’s dream.

Much of the interior of the island where I live is still farmland. But, it’s not at all like farms you might think of in the Midwest, where it’s completely flat and most of the original trees have been decimated. Here, there often aren’t huge acres of land dedicated to farms. Many are simply small plots interspersed between dense trees, creating a maze of pathways going from one field to another, with old cane trails connecting them. It’s a good thing I have my GPS watch or I might get lost. :)

Banana field

One thing that’s surprised me is some of the feelings I’ve had when I’ve been exploring. It’s hard to describe, but often I’ve felt sort of a strange combination of relaxation and excitement. The relaxation is a Zen-like feeling I get, as if I’m one with nature. But yet I also have a joyful feeling of being ecstatic to be alive. There is just so much amazing scenery I’ve seen that I most likely would have never witnessed otherwise.

View of a lush mountain

What I Do

I’m a big fan of Free Talk Live. It’s a liberty-oriented talk radio/internet show where you can call in about whatever you want. The hosts have excellent interplay with each other, they bring up interesting issues, and they address them from a unique perspective. It’s really very addictive. You can check out the latest episode here.

I used to be in the habit of listening to Free Talk Live every day. I had a routine where I could pretty much finish one show each day and keep up with it. That is, until recently. Since I’ve started working on the Walk For Liberty, I haven’t been able to keep up with my Free Talk Live listening.

I originally thought that I would have more time to listen to FTL. I imagined that with my Walk training, I would have at least an hour or two a day where I would be just walking, and that I could easily keep up with it. It hasn’t turned out that way in practice, though.

On my walks, I’m often just thinking about various things to prepare for the Walk. Sometimes I take notes on my Pocket PC. Or when I’m walking out in the wilderness, I’m just enjoying nature. Especially when I’m coming across a new area, I can spend the entire time just looking. I always do take my FTL with me and have it available in case I want to listen to it, but sometimes I never end up using it.

My training has given me an opportunity to explore places just outside town that I mostly likely never would have seen otherwise. It’s amazing how much world there is out there, even right around you. Most people simply never see it though because they never go looking for it.

Come back tomorrow for the final part in my series — the equipment I use.

This is the second in a three part series about my Walk for Liberty training. To read part three about the equipment I use, click here.

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One Response to “How To Train For a Walk Across the Country - Part 2: The Walks”

  1. Denis Goddard Says:

    FTL is horribly addicting.
    I hit the gym two or three times per week. In the winter (like now) I usually spend 45 minutes on the stationary cycle. I used to love listening to my favorite workout music while sweating and pushing the pedals.

    Now I listen to FTL the whole time. And on my drive to work and back.

    Damn you, Free Talk Live!! ;)

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