Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Victoria Advocate, New Shoes and Rested Feet, and Back to Palacios

I have now been in Corpus Christi for a week. My foot is not perfect, but if I wait for perfection, I could be waiting for quite a long time.

During these past few days, the Victoria Advocate published an interview and my first article in their paper. Check it out the interview below:

And a quick note about the flip-flops: I was just wearing them to get out of my actual walking shoes. Flip-flops make wonderful camp shoes and are especially useful if I have to wake up in the middle of the night (to make water, for example) and have to make a quick break. The longest distance I have ever walked in flip-flops was 24 miles, and it crippled me at the time. This was one of the most painful walking experiences of my life, and I don't intend to repeat it.

That said, my left foot feels a lot better, and I can't wait to try out my new Nikes. I got a pair of Vomero 3's which have fantastic cushioning. In them, I feel like I'm walking on clouds. I hope it feels the same out on the road.

I've rested, eaten some great Mexican food, baked bread for my folks, reorganized my pack, and I am finally ready to hit the road. The break has been good but unusually long, and I'm excited to return to Palacios.

Stay tuned for more pictures and tales.


Brandon said...

Happy trails!

Are you by any chance keeping a map of your complete route?

Dr. P said...

Smat! I wish you the best of luck. I'm thinking of you from Kenya...

Mmh, you just made me think of going on a long walk next week across two towns along the Indian Ocean. I let you know if I do it. Otherwise, I should be in India soon, and later in Afghanistan.

In anyway, I'm with you man!

Smatt said...

Brandon - I am keeping a map of the route. I'll probably publish it at the end.

Dr.P - Pierre (I'm assuming), I do hope you are doing well. Please do that hike and stay in touch.