QUEST: July 10

Hot

Yesterday, I suggested you use your imagination to “follow along” with me and The Lord as we make Our way to the monastery.

If your imagination is as vivid as mine, you might have had to dab your brow occasionally as you experienced the “heat” of walking several miles a day in the Colorado summer sun!

Today was a hot one.  I walked 19.1 miles to my next stop, a lovely (meaning, cheap) motel where the accommodations are indoors, and the staff are VERY nice.  (Thanks!)

QUEST: July 9

Route

Today I had another fairly short walk (8.3 miles), but it was almost all uphill.  I’m grateful for another night in a climate-controlled motel room tonight.

My average walking day will be a bit shy of 12 miles, so starting back up after my resting weekend with two “shorties” is also a part of my route for which I’m grateful.

Speaking of my route, if you’re wondering what exactly it is, you’ll just have to keep wondering.  This material is public, so I can’t assume everyone who reads it will be a friend. 

QUEST: July 8

Questing

I’m back it, following a relaxing weekend of resting my feet.

Today, I ease back into the walking part of the Quest by doing one of the shortest walks of the entire trip to the monastery – only 7.6 miles – and I do get to sleep indoors again tonight.

Here’s an interesting thought I’ll share: I may have undertaken this nutty Quest because I thought it was my quest to find God.  But maybe, just maybe, it’s His quest to find me.

God’s never lost.  But I, like the rest of us (I suppose), get lost all the time in the “cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches.”  (That’s in the Bible somewhere… I just read it the other day.)

I pray He will continue “walking in my garden in the cool of the day,” so to speak, and calling for me.  And I pray I’ll hear His call, drop my fig leaves of shame, and carefully listen to what He wants me to hear.

Thanks for following my Quest.  If you’d like to respond, please post a comment here, or  send an email to michael@michaelhume.net.  Either way, I look forward to reading your views when I return to my screen in late August.

Michael, Monday, July 8, 2024

QUEST: July 7

Resting

Yesterday I walked 0.0 miles, and today I plan to double that.

(Well, I’ll have to walk over to breakfast, I guess.)

I’m resting my legs and feet, but meanwhile doing my best to absorb scripture and to jot down my reactions and thoughts.  Most of these I’ll have to share with you later. 

I’m grateful for an extra day of rest, and one more day with Kathryn before a long absence from each other.  They say “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” but I can’t see how my heart can grow any more fond of her.

Thanks for following my Quest.  If you’d like to respond, please post a comment here, or  send an email to michael@michaelhume.net.  Either way, I look forward to reading your views when I return to my screen in late August.

Michael, Sunday, July 7, 2024

QUEST: July 6

Whew!

I made it!  I walked more than 20 miles to the B&B where I’ll be holing up and resting this weekend, gathering my strength for the walks ahead.

I looked over my plan, and the three longest, most difficult walking days are all within the first eight days of the Quest.

Thanks for following my Quest.  If you’d like to respond, please post a comment here, or  send an email to michael@michaelhume.net.  Either way, I look forward to reading your views when I return to my screen in late August.

Michael, Saturday, July 6, 2024

QUEST: July 5

Beginning

Today I walked out the door and began my 2024 Quest.  And so it begins.

Today’s walk is 21.3 miles, and I begin with the longest segment of the entire walk to the monastery.  I might still be walking as you read this!  But when I get to today’s destination, I’ll already have covered about eight percent of the entire journey.

My amazing wife, Kathryn, will stay with me tonight and for the rest of the weekend, as I rest up for the remainder of the Big Walk.  We’ll be staying at a bed-and-breakfast which looks to be a comfortable place to rest and gear up for the seven weeks ahead.

QUEST: June 28

Cool

I’m still at the house, busily making preparations to start my Big Walk in a few days.

The walk from my house to the monastery will be more than 250 miles, and I’m allowing 28 days to complete it.  Most days, I’ll walk about 12 miles (on average); I have a few rest days sprinkled in there, too, and based on the “practice walks” I’ve done over the past few months, I know I’ll need those rest days.

QUEST: June 21

Paratroopers

I entered the U.S. Army right after high school.  I made it through boot camp before my 18th birthday.  A few months later, I was an “honor grad” of the Defense Information School (DINFOS), where they trained me to be an Army journalist.  Then I went to jump school to earn my wings as a U.S. paratrooper.

Honestly, I volunteered for airborne duty to avoid having to be stationed in Germany, where the rest of the 300-or-so DINFOS grads were headed.  I had no good reason to resist going to Germany – I had studied the language in high school – but I was really just a scared kid who didn’t want to be that far from home.

QUEST: June 12

Dickens

I have a couple of things in common with the immortal Charles Dickens.

First, we both wrote Christmas stories.  So far, Charlie’s stories have been more widely read, and with good reason – they’re awesome.  My own humble published works, The 95th Christmas and The Innkeeper of Bethlehem, are pretty good (in my humble opinion)… and if a handful of people read my stuff and are moved by it, that’s good enough for me.

Second, both Charlie and I like to walk.

QUEST: June 5

Screens...

Let me say that I’m not an anti-technology neanderthal.  For most of my career, I’ve depended upon (and usually mastered) the technology needed to do my job.  In fact, I’m using technology to prepare for my upcoming Quest (See the image which my “smart phone” yielded after a recent long practice walk).

This tech comes in handy when I want to know just how far I’ve walked in practice for next month’s Big Walk.

I’m not saying that this Quest marks the end of my use of screens forever. 

I’m just taking a seven-week break.