This week, I’m at a different hotel every night. And somehow, miraculously, I’ve lucked out with nice rooms and comfortable beds. This also means that I’m logging a lot of miles on the road – about four or five hours worth every day.
You may already know that I listen to audiobooks to help pass the hours, and this week is no different. I’m listening to Lord of the Rings, which is about a million hours long and should last me a while. Anyway, as I drive across three states, I get to see a wide variety of country (plains, high-desert, river valleys, mountains, etc., etc., etc.) and I’m struck by by how quickly the scenery passes.
In LOTR, much of the quest occurs on foot, and forty-five leagues (about 135 miles) in three days is considered uncommonly fast travel. I traverse that distance in a morning between meetings! I wonder how my life would be different if I had to cross my distances on foot or horseback – what an adventure that would be. And how uncertain and perilous. Still, it’s fun to think about.