Monday, 13 June 2016

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
Howe, Indiana

We Were Proud

We were proud of the fact that Uttama and I, with Gopal's driving help, were able to kickstart today's trek before 4 AM.  A chill set in overnight, but that's what compels one to walk faster.  We moved at a desirable clip.  When there is a cool snap throughout the day, your bodily intake changes.  You get hungry, as opposed to thirsty.

Lightly salted peanuts has always been a favourite snack on these long treks.  They are cheap, delicious, protein-powered, and they make you feel grounded.  If organic – that’s the best.

I share delectable items with those who travel with me.  For lunch it is left-over items - today we had avocado/olive sandwiches.  I gave Uttama my thumbs-up on his creation.  It goes down so well in as much as the spaghetti did at supper-time, prepared by the same chef. 

It is Chandrashekar, 64, my godbrother from the area that gave us a family summer cottage for three days as our rendezvous and rest stop at night.  We relax at this Harrison Lake State Park; read, write, check emails, and take a leg massage.

Massage, stretch, rest, and swim (or shower) are what the legs and feet crave after a full day on the road.  Walking is a rhythmic routine, whose glamour has been obscured by machinery.

Ah, yes, the machinery.  Gopal and I trekked along the 120 and were dwarfed by the irrigation machines.  We might criticize farmers for being too high-tech and letting machines do everything for them, but I see they are not lazy in the least.

Come to think of it, Krishna grew up on a farm.  Life was more simple then.

May the Source be with you!

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