Ever since The Challenge, I’ve been pondering the feeling of contentment I felt doing a 13 day, 170+ mile, coast-to-coast hike across Scotland.
My latest hypothesis is that it comes from not having to be anywhere on a strict schedule. This is really different from a weekend section hike, which is frequently bounded by the start of the weekend and having to be back at work on Monday.
But in Scotland, I had a lot more freedom to take detours, sleep in late, hang out by the side of a stream, and even radically change my route. That was freedom. I wonder if this is one of those things us weekend hikers miss out on experiencing fully.