Friday, March 7, 2014

Day 1614 - The Journey

The journey is just as important as the destination.


Heading off on my author tour - just me and my car (and my Charlie doll)
I love to drive.  Sure, air travel is good as well if you've got limited time and need a trip to be relatively fuss free, but driving gives you something flying misses out on.  A journey.




A journey that is full of landscape.

A journey that is full of people in their own environment.

A journey that has scenery.

A journey steeped in awareness of how other people live their lives.

Roads, trees, rivers, lakes.

Animals.

Houses.

In a plane you fly overhead seeing nothing but dots on an expansive canvass.

In a car you get to drive across the canvass and understand the character, the spirit and the soul that created it.

Driving adds meaning.

Driving adds dimension.

Driving gives you a journey that enhances and often exceeds the destination.

When you drive, you see ...

On the road between Wagga Wagga and Deniliquin, NSW, Australia

On the road between Wagga Wagga and Deniliquin, NSW, Australia

On the road between Wagga Wagga and Deniliquin, NSW, Australia

On the road between Wagga Wagga and Deniliquin, NSW, Australia

On the road between Wagga Wagga and Deniliquin, NSW, Australia

On the road between Wagga Wagga and Deniliquin, NSW, Australia

On the road between Wagga Wagga and Deniliquin, NSW, Australia

I have just returned from an author/speaking tour of the Conargo Shire in the Deniliquin area of NSW.  I thought the drive might be tough, long and lonely.  It could have been if I'd seen it as a drive; but instead I embraced it as a journey and the trip became as important and as fulfilling as the destination. Cows, emus and all ...

Have you been on a journey lately?

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8 comments :

  1. We just came back from driving around SA - it was great. As you say, so much to see....

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  2. What a great way to look at it.
    If I was having the great success you are and the excitement of a tour, I think everything would be a great and exciting journey.
    I hope the tour is as fabulous as you found the driving trip.

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  3. We have driven some kilometres lately but like you said if you enjoy the scenery and notice the changes and the little things it makes it far more enjoyable.

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  4. I love solo car drives. Used to do them all the time in my previous job.
    I'd just crank up the music and be happy in the company of my random thoughts.

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  5. This is exactly why I love drives. I tried explaining this to my husband a little while ago when I organised a day trip into the country and explained to him how beautiful it was to look at the scenery, how much fun it was to find a random pub to have lunch and a drink and how much I love the stalls on the side of the road selling fruit and vegetables. Thanks for your post, it has reminded me to arrange another drive!

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  6. Ah, yes, the car drive. Pretty awesome. I admit, not so much fun now when there are kids crying in it, but I totally understand your love of the journey. :)

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  7. I'm about to head off on a train journey and I am looking so forward to it! I love looking out the window and watching the world go by.

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  8. I love driving so much, especially if I have some good tunes :)

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