994 Mile Family Walk To Portugal

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994 Mile Family Walk To Portugal
994 Mile Family Walk to Portugal
 
994 miles doesn’t seem like that far, when you break it down…
As a writer/researcher for a travel guide – way back when – I walked everywhere and would plan for around 1 mile every 15 mins. So, by that reckoning…
994 miles divided by 4 (4mph) = 248 hours.
Divide that by 6 (average hours walked per day) = 41 days.   
 
But given the fact I’m now in my mid-40s, certainly less fit and therefore probably can’t keep the pace of a mile every 15 minutes (and my husband falls into that category too), plus the fact that our 12-year-old daughter might not be able to keep that pace… and then add to that our two dogs – one of whom is 14 and when not walking will be pushed along in Innopet Sporty Dog Stroller and the fact that we’re not planning to walk continuously every day, my thinking when I woke up in the early hours back in December consumed with the idea of WALKING… was that we could probably walk the 994 miles between Vimoutiers (the town in Normandy, France where we will leave from) and Penela, (a little town in Portugal that we’ll be aiming for) in around two to three months. 
 
One foot in front of the other… slowly… how hard can it be? 
 
994 Mile Walk to Portugal with the Sporty Dog Stroller
 
I have dreamt of doing something like this for so long I can’t even remember… since I first read about Laurie Lee, who one sunny day in 1935 left his Cotswold village to walk to Spain, or Patrick Leigh Fermor who walked from Rotterdam to Constantinople in 1933, or Robyn Davidson who walked across Australia in 1977.
 
The list goes on. 
 
For me there is something so freeing about just walking. It’s time for the mind to uncoil, the body to unwind and feel connected: to landscape; to those we walk with. 
 
It’s liberating to have nothing but a tent to sleep in, a small fire to cook on and a stream to wash in… but alas, I act as if I know about this day after day, night after night, when I don’t – and that’s the problem. I don’t want to not know anymore… I want to understand what it feels like to walk across a whole country, I want to soar with the eagles in the Pyrenees instead of just driving through the cuttings made by humans and I want to push myself through difficulties and feel real achievement. 
 
I want to truly live in this present moment. 
 
There is never a right time, I’ve come to realise. There is always something that isn’t quite right… but I just can’t wait another year. My husband is up for it, my daughter – on the verge of being a teenager – is eager to go on an adventure and considering that back in October I found myself crying because she was growing too fast and too far; it seems like a gift to spend this time together, doing something utterly life-changing. 
 
Alice, her daughter & Milla with the Sporty Innopet Dog Stroller
 
So, that’s it. I’ve said it out loud. To myself, to my family, to YOU and that means it’s a dream set in motion, that I can’t now not go through with it and so I’m thinking of that number ~ 994 ~ and wondering what might happen in there - in those miles underfoot - and I’m excited and terrified and inspired and sick with fear. 
 
But I’m going to do it, because life is so damn short and I can’t stand the thought of not trying, of not having a go.
I’m going to walk 994 miles to Portugal.

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Alice Griffin is a writer with a spirit for adventure. Along with her family – both human and canine –
she will soon be embarking on a long distance walk to Portugal.

Find out more: www.alicegriffin.co.uk and follow her family’s adventures on Instagram: @alice_is_in_wanderland and Facebook: Alice is in Wanderland

 

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