Strategies for Leaving and Arriving Home
1. Find the longest way to leave
2. Announce your dramatic departure to be sure there’s no turning back.
3. Sell everything you’ve spent the last ten years collecting on eBay so that you can afford ultra-light, warm, waterproof hiking equipment that you will only use this once.
4. Source redundant road maps, scaled 1:2500 and pin them to the wall across from your bed. Spend hours planning the flattest and most direct route, and then acknowledge that it’s probably best to just follow the train line.
5. Romanticise solitude and anticipate loneliness, invite everyone to join you.
I am writing this in the hope that you will read it and decide to join me on my walk at some point.
On Saturday June 4, I will be leaving Melbourne and moving home to Sydney, on foot. I will walk four hours a day, more or less and it will take me two months, more or less. Most times I will camp, sometimes I will have to stay in a motel or if I’m lucky enough, someone, like you or a friend of yours will take me in for the night (I like pets).
I will be following the train line so it is easy to meet me. You can walk for a day, you can stay the night, you can walk again the next day and longer. There is room in my tent but you’re better off bringing your own, as well as food (for me too, I’m vegetarian) and please dress for the weather.
To join me, email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the date or dates you are thinking of and we can arrange a place and time to meet. For further information please see strategiesforleavingandarrivinghome.com
I hope you can walk with me