Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
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!