Name something you did that was completely out of character. How did it feel?
This year I walked 120 kilometres through Tuscany, alone. I have never really hiked any where. I mean I’ve walked up the 1000 steps in Ferntree Gully National Park several times in life but not for many years. And in my early 20’s I hiked up The Pinnacle in the Grampians. It certainly was breath-taking as I stopped every twenty minutes to get my breath back. But that is as much hiking as I have ever done in my life.
After coming back to Melbourne to contract for 6 months, I started walking to work and back every day, approximately 8 kilometres return trip. And I really enjoyed it. So when I started dreaming about where to go and what to do in Europe, I discovered a very long walk called Via Francigena and that a section of it ran through the hilltop villages of Tuscany, somewhere I had always wanted to go. My heart raced. I could feel the adventure coursing through my veins. But the voice of sensible me spoke up telling me I was insane, I’ve never walked like this before, do I really think I can do it? I decided to sit with the idea for a week or so and then make a final decision. Excitement and adventure won out. I went. I walked, alone, and got lost, a lot. I had an amazing adventure that I will never regret.
|Sunset over San Miniato|
|Walking through vineyards, Tuscany|