Sunday, 20 June 2004
Life As Metaphor For Long Walks
CREDIT: © Dave Newton/Daves-Lakeland-Mountains.co.uk
WHERE: Cumbria Way, England. WHAT: long distance footpath through Lakeland.
MAP: Ulverston-Ambleside. Thumbnail click pops-up larger image.
If this was Cumbria Way v. Dave Newton, then the score would be 3-2 to the home team. The worst that might be said is that Dave set off for a five day walk, and wisely limited himself to just two  days when he found he was not on form. However, we like to accentuate the positive here: like those two runners in Greek mythology, we like to think that Dave was narrowly beaten into second place, whereas the Cumbrian Way trailed in last but one from the end! This was less than a defeat, more of a tactical withdrawal! He who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day! If at first you don't succeed, give up! Discretion is the better part of valor! Arriving is not important: it is the journey that counts! Check out the pictures for yourself, and we think that you will agree that it would be hard to make the case that this was any sort of a defeat. Never the less we look forward to the report when Dave goes back to vanquish the foe.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)