I posted this in the Buddy Up! forum, but I thought I'd post it here, too, because I know this forum covers a large area of the country (and Canada, Australia, Switzerland, the UK, Greece & who knows where else!).
Do any of you know of any clubs or groups for long-distance walkers? Kind of like marathons, except walking instead of running. For some reason, as a lilttle kid, I always had this fantasy of "running away from home," just walking for days and days and camping out at night, living off of as little $$ as possible (I think this stems from reading Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt). Now, since I've been going to the gym and walking both on the treadmill there and outside at home, this fantasy is beginning to resurface.
I really want to take a week or two off work and just set out, like Forrest Gump. Just walk until I reach the next town, one night in a hotel room to bathe and sleep on a mattress and be off again the next morning. Am I weird or what?
The only REAL reason for keeping me from doing it is concern for my safety. That's where the idea of a "walking group" comes in. If any of you know of a group that does this sort of thing would you let me know. If you think I'm wacked you can let me know that, too--I promise not to be offended!!