I have no idea how to get ready for my Peru Odyssey in 22 days because I have absolutely no idea how fit I’ll need to be to get the most out of it. My ‘fat not fit’ dragon keeps pretending I need to have stamina and strength enough for a trek like the Inca Trail. But we’re not on a trek, we’re on an Odyssey, which according to the definition has more of a mellow meandering to it rather than a mighty march. But, I hear the inner wail, Hertfordshire is soooo flat, and the Andes have seriously steep inclines! Have you seen the images of Machu Picchu?
So today my walking workout was a trip to the shop to fill my small backpack with groceries and have a more challenging walk back up the marginal Shenley Hill incline. I know it worked because I panted more and it got pretty hot and steamy inside my mack but I did begin to wonder if I shall ever find it easier. I must be fitter though, surely? According to my MapMyWalk App I walked 24 miles in March that I remembered to log, and so far in April I’ve already logged 30 miles and we’re not even half way through.
So apart from walking at least two miles a day what else am I doing to get Peru-fit? Not much to be honest except making a list of what I think I need to get but haven’t. For example I am definitely investing in a Shewee – one of those very clever contraptions which allow me to pee like a man! I need cool clothes and mozzie repellant without any harmful chemicals for the jungle. Jeans, a warm fleece and jacket for the mountains. Maddeningly I’ve added an altitude sickness freak-out to the proceedings. I’m sure the article I read was for those heading in to the ‘death zone’ to summit Everest, rather than Lake Titicaca, but my ‘death by altitude’ dragon is having babies. I’ll make sure I have a water bottle on me and access to Coca leaves when I get there (a little bit of local wisdom I read somewhere). I may take some Gingko Biloba which is receiving good reviews for altitude sickness although the possible side-effects is increFIased bleeding. I’ve skimmed a couple of articles on ayahuasca too. They were red rags to my ‘never give control over to a drug’ dragon but most of it has been deeply nutritious information and piqued my interest.
I also have my story-telling equipment to bring – so I’ll be sure to pack my imagination, intuition, camera and laptop. In fact all the things I started my nomadic life with just over two years ago. It is very special to know that next month I shall be in a totally new environment and so my biggest preparation is to keep an open heart. Finding a vibrant red heart shaped leaf on the ground yesterday is a great reminder for this.
So why have I focused so much on the whole ‘how’ of the trip rather than surrender to the exciting and inspiring prospect of being in Peru? Great question. Two reasons – one is that I can be a real scaredy cat. By being open about my fears I hope to inspire other scaredy cats to step out of their comfort zone and experience this huge and awesome world like I’m about to do. And secondly when I do this it reminds me how much I make up, how many assumptions I’ve pulled out of the ether, and choose to ask instead what I’d love to receive from my trip to Peru.
I adore mountains and landscape. I love engaging with the magical and the mystical. I love intentional travel, experiencing the richness of life and translating and sharing its magic. I love producing rollicking good stories. Somehow I think Peru will give me all this and more….
So I raise my glass and drink a toast to ’22 days and counting’. My countdown to an adventure in the unknown. Darkest Peru – here I come!
Reprinted with permission from www.outertravelsinnerjourneys.com
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