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"However, if one thing more than any other attracted me about traditional notions of pilgrimage, it was the suggestion that the spiritual is not just of the air and of the unseen but of the earth underfoot, that there is a transcendent, if not mystic, power in the mountains and forests and waters themselves, and even in the streets of the city. The idea that we absorb the best of the earth's energy through our feet is a correlative here - as is the notion that in dancing on the earth, the soles ...more
From moose skeletons in a ditch to eccentric characters en route, Charles Wilkins takes us with him every step of the way from Thunder Bay to New York. His love of nature and people shines through in this fascinating memoir. Even though his toe nails fall ...off, his feet become bloody messes, he loses an unhealthy amount of weight off his already slight body, and he has to walk backwards at times, through rainstorms, blizzards, and scorching heat, he refuses to stop and seldom rests. He seems d ...more
This book made me want to go on a very, very long walk. I think I would have started from somewhere a little more interesting than Thunder Bay, but I am glad the author started there since I don't know that much about the northern part of my province and I definitely feel like I got to know it a lot better while reading this!
A great holiday when you can't go on one. Made more enjoyable when you have done some of the journey by any means and stayed for example in the hostel just outside of Thunderbay. It was such a pleasure to read and actual discover second hand. It is one I will share and keep on my bookcase.