"A walking tour should be gone upon alone, because freedom is of the essence; because you should be able to stop and go on, and follow this way or that, as the freak takes you; and because you must have your own pace."
Robert Louis Stevenson
A journey on foot is becoming an increasingly archaic concept, as everything in our lives moves closer in the never-ending quest for convenience. We have lost the joy of leaving and arriving at different places under the power of our own engine and design. We have abandoned the experiences that go with it.
Following 'the freak' has led me onto wayward roads and into strange company but also out of myself. In our daily routines the senses become clogged by repetition and the paths we travel lose their lustre. When we get 'grim at the mouth', as Ishmael once said, there is no better cure than leaving by a different door and following new roads, preferably in no other company than our own.