88: The Walker and the Parcel

Good Folks,

My annual checkup occurred the other day. Nothing of note to note and, even if there were, such would not fall into any of the categories we normally discuss on this site. But, for reasons which were obvious to us both, my doc told me that a recent study had determined that, of all the forms of exercise, walking was by far the best, being easy and always salubrious. “You might think about doing a bit more of that,” he said in his understated winking way.

And then–wouldn’t you know it? (fors at work!)–the next morning I came across the following few sentences in one of Ruskin’s Modern Painters volumes. They seemed, as I read them, to somehow have been pre-destined for my train, plane, and automobile accustomed eyes. Perhaps you’ll find them helpful too. He said:

To anyone who has all his senses about him, a quiet walk, over not more than ten or twelve miles of road a day, is the most amusing of all types of travel.

All traveling becomes dull in exact proportion to its rapidity. Going by railroad I do not consider traveling at all. It is merely “being sent” to a place, and is very little different from becoming a parcel. 

Be well out there!



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4 Responses to 88: The Walker and the Parcel

  1. Ten miles would be pretty time consuming. I walk about a mile and a half, each way, to and from work and it does feel very good. I think that Ruskin is entirely wrong about speed making a trip dull, but I suppose he was never in a motorboat or jet.

  2. Colin Parker says:

    Dear Jim,

    I think its even better if you cycle.

    Yours sincerely,

    Colin W. Parker.


  3. David Peacock says:

    Hello Jim.
    Good to know that your annual checkup went well. If you were here in the Lake District today, you would simply want to walk and walk. The sky is blue, the sun is shining and the spring blossoms are at their best. Easy enough to walk eight of ten miles under such conditions.

    All good wishes

    David Peacock

  4. Pamela says:

    Delightful! Sounds like you & Jen need another trip to Brantwood along with all the hills, fells and old roads. Of course H&I are shooting for 10k steps a day. I can highly recommend a fitbit zip!

    Blessings, Pamela

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