One of the things I've always wanted to try, in my time of living in the south of the San Francisco Bay Area, was to walk from where I lived, northward to San Francisco via El Camino Real
. I would take my time, stopping to check out interesting places as the whim strikes me. At night, I'd sleep at a motel or with friends. My terminating goal would be to touch the Pacific Ocean at Ocean Beach
As a test in support of that goal, this Saturday I'm going to walk from our house , northward up El Camino Real as far as I can from 7AM to 7PM. I intend to take breaks every two hours, and a longer break at lunch. Whichever city I end up in, my wife will meet me there and we'll go to dinner at a local restaurant.
This Saturday walk will mostly be a straight slog with no pausing to check out the sights along the way. I won't be going for speed, just a steady comfortable pace. I probably won't bring any sort of device with me more complicated than my "dumb" cell phone, so I won't be tempted to stop at every wifi spot and post FaceBook updates about my journey! My cell phone has terrible texting features, so I won't be doing that either.
I will bring my old digital camera - it's lighter than the new one, and I don't want to take elaborate pictures anyway. The documentation will mainly be done with a little notebook and a pencil.
I estimate that I will get no farther than San Mateo - 20 miles. I have not done any special training or conditioning for this - I just plan to wear comfortable layered clothing and head protection, and bring a small pack for any clothes I shed and my notebook. Oh, and some snacks and a water bottle.
No stress, main thing!