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:

http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2009/sep/05/jo_perimeter_hike_090609_64839/

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.

3 comments:

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.