merch_am_hanes posting in walking_the_wall
On Sunday 9 January 2011 we made our first attempt at training for Walking the Wall. It was a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine and a balmy 3 degrees Celsius, so a short walk of 10 kilometers was presented to us. 10 km seemed like an insurmountable distance so we took our precautions and packed lunch and left at 11 am so as to make sure we would be home before dark (around 5 pm). We took a route that was in our friends neighbourhood so that we would be close to home if something was to go wrong. And ooh how it went wrong :). About 1 km into the walk we got ourselves lost and started taking short-cuts back to the main road only to be faced with one final obstacle: a creek :s. So jump it we did :). Somehow we managed to not break our necks and finally after an hour and a half of walking we arrived at the beautiful little commune of Gestel (about 1 km from where we started). So we decided that the little bench in front of the historical church would be ideal for our lunch. We sat down, called home to check in and asked if they would bring us some pastries and low and behold about 10 minutes later we were enjoying a gourmet lunch :) brought by our friends mother :). As soon as lunch was eaten we decided to bravely move on and hopefully we wouldn't get lost anymore (all we had to do was follow some arrows, how hard could that be right :)). 2 hours later we arrived back home, in wonderment that walking 10 kilometers only took us 2 hours and a half. We had survived our first attempt, but a few hours later we were all in misery as our muscles decided to be heard. They sure as hell didn't like this abuse yet!