2014. Can you believe it?
Somehow the final third of last year caught me up in its whirlwind and swept me away from the blog, so I’ve a fair bit to catch up on. Need to catch up with the folks in Bella Bella and see how their fundraiser went, and catch you up on some pix of our own contributions.
But first, the end of a year often is a time of assessment, and it’s no different here at kc dyer central. This year has not been without its challenges, but it’s held a few triumphs, too.
This was the year I finished walking across Canada.
Can one ever really walk across this country? I mean, one straight-ish line can’t do justice to the many and varied landscapes; the far north, the three oceans, the islands…?
All the same, a couple of years ago, I decided to try. I started using my treadmill desk way back in March of 2010, and recording the mileage as I [very slowly, as a rule] made my way –virtually — across the country. If you look back through the blog, by the end of 2013 I was in the middle of Ontario, having made some good progress. This year was even better, helped along by some decent running mileage along the way. Measured out, by December 31, 2013 I’d run and walked a total of 6,374.2 km since that first walk in March, 2010.
With the vagaries of the Trans-Canada Highway, and a refusal to take even virtual shortcuts through the US, this has brought me from my wee village of Lions Bay on the shores of Howe Sound in British Columbia to the [these days icy] beaches of the Atlantic Ocean right outside Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Should I have taken a left turn at Edmunston and headed for Cornerbrook via Bathurst? Should I have turned north way back at Highway #2 in Alberta and headed for Yellowknife via Fort McMurray?
So many choices!
At any rate, one thing I’ve learned while walking from one ocean across to another is a pearl of wisdom especially for the writers out there.
The best ideas I’ve had have come while walking. Walking the dog, walking on the treadmill while on my computer, hiking up a mountain. Oxygen helps the ideas flow. Added benefit — less self-loathing as a result of exercise-induced endorphins. It’s been quite a journey.
So, what would the world come to with a bunch of writers who don’t hate themselves?
Join me in 2014 and let’s find out!