Cross-country journey

You’re going on a cross-country trip. Airplane, train, bus, or car? (Or something else entirely — bike? Hot air balloon?)

A friend shared this photo on Facebook and it immediately spoke to me:

train

I have never had the opportunity to fly and it is most definitely on my bucket list.  Those who know me would probably say that I would therefore select the airplane.  I am going to shock them all by saying that my chosen mode of transport would be either by train or, even better, hiking.

The town I grew up in had one of the main railway stations between two major towns and I used to love listening to the sound of the trains going by.  Once we took a trip from the Free State to Durban and it was just magical.  It is something that Luke has never experienced so I see it as my motherly duty to let him experience it at least once (apart from the fact that I am dying to go on a train ride again!).

As far as the hiking goes, I love walking.  It is the best therapy for any internal issue you need to sort out and you get some solid exercise as an added bonus.  It has always been a dream of mine to take a backpack and just walk.  Do a cross-country up to the Free State to visit my mom or take the scenic route around the coastline to visit my brother perhaps.  Being a mom makes that ideal just a bit difficult.  Add to that the fact that I am a woman, and you have a recipe for disaster.  It is so unfair that men can just up and leave to do stuff like that, but we have to think and re-think about safety and all that jazz!

Why take the slow coach (pun intended) when travelling by bus, car or airplane are much faster?  Life is so rushed and we can all do with a bit of unwinding.  Taking the slower option also gives you a much better opportunity to explore the countryside, which is the reason for a road trip right?

So there you have it, for me it is travelling at a snail’s pace.  Here is what others had to say:

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Author: nanuschka

I am a free spirit born in the Free State, 20 years to late. I am Ying and Yang. I am the girl next door who prefers daisies and peace rallies, but can just as easily rock at a rally. I love all things Latin and am sure that in my previous life (if that existed) I was Spanish. The dark side of me, however, tells me that I lived in Mother Russia. On a quest to find my happy-ever-after, I am in constant search of answers to all things that makes us human. What we do and, more importantly, why we do it. I hope you enjoy my rambles and would love to hear from you!

17 thoughts on “Cross-country journey”

  1. Long distance train travel can be very relaxing and it’s great if the scenery is spectacular. And nothing beats a good hike (or a reasonably long walk in my case, being fairly unfit!).

    1. Seriously can’t wait for a train trip! Walking is no problem for me luckily. Just the other day I decided to walk home from work as I had some gremlins to sort out. Two hours later I was home, tired but happy!

  2. If you consider Warmbaths to Worcester cross country, then I have hitchiked that at 16. 😉 Google maps tells me it’s about 1455km and the line run pretty much from the top to the bottom of SA.

    What a ride! 😆 I had a backback with my worldly belongings, another bag full of army rat packs, some pepper spray and a biggish knife, and a fair amount of good luck with me.

    I don’t think I’d be able to pull something like that off now, with N – but when I had nothing to lose it wasn’t all that hard really.

    1. Wow, you are (were) very brave indeed. I’m going to have to wait until Luke leaves home before I take on something like that. Luckily I had him when I was still (relatively) young and will have enough time left to do just that!

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