It was the first time this year that I walked home from work, although it wasn’t all the way from work because that would take me too long now (maybe later in the year when I have found a decent route and we have lighter evenings).
To make up for the fact that I was starting later and because I would be starting from the wrong side of town I altered my route slightly, although I may have over compensated because it didn’t seem quite so far.
It did seem to take me a bit longer than usual, despite a slightly shorter route, but I wasn’t really pushing myself this evening. It was more about unwinding, perhaps not physically but mentally. It was great not to have to think about anything in particular or make conversation.
The route, along a disused railway line (again) makes it very easy to just forget about maps and which path to take. All you have to do is make sure you start facing in the right direction and remember to stop when you get to where you want to go.
It probably took almost an hour before my brain was purged of thoughts of work and other day-to-day worries and began to fill up with all sorts of other bizarre thoughts, ideas and memories. I would be quite happy in my own little world and then something would catch my eye or a sound would make me stop and listen and bring me back down to earth.
It is not a particularly exciting route, I have walked it many times, but every time it is slightly different. Sometimes it is the weather, sometimes it is the time of day or the season or sometimes it is just the mood I am in, but every time it is different. Today will be memorable for the brief appearance of the sun, in what had otherwise been a pretty overcast day. It is only a shame the pylons and power lines ruined the scene.
Copyright © 2011 John Gasson.
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