The road less traveled

How did a 25-minute walk turn to a 60-minute walk?

Because I took the road less traveled.

I usually take the short route to work. It is 25 minutes of walking beside a noisy highway. Walking is good but I’m basically breathing exhaust fumes for 25 minutes. You can imagine how I dread going to work in the morning.

I recently discovered another route that is less traveled. It takes about 10-15 minutes longer than the short route. My preference is to take the long route home after work. I was very tired today but I still chose the longer route home. I was most awake during this time and here is why a 25-minute walk turn to a 60-minute walk. Thanks for reading/watching/listening. Have a happy sensory day πŸ™‚

Caution: you may need to turn down the volume for the first video below.

 

Taking the long route

You may need to turn up the volume for the video below. The image quality is poor but I wanted to record the surrounding sounds.

Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost

 

21 thoughts on “The road less traveled

  1. Oh yes the second walk home, the longer one is a lot more calming – takes me back to listening to the evening song in quite a few places growing up. I clearly remember the beautiful evening song of Malaysia as a child, or even thinking on the Australian outback and the songs of the dusk and dawn – good move – good post πŸ™‚

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      1. It would do Dream – working in the hustle bustle of the city is enough to kill off most of us – don’t miss any of it.

        I am starting a series later this year entitled ‘postcards’ which looks at memories of growing up. the video made me think specifically of the sunsets over Penang πŸ™‚

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  2. What a difference! It may add ten minutes of walking time but it will save decompression time. The stress of the noise and lights and bad air takes it’s toll. I’d rather hear the sounds of nature than the sounds of traffic even if it took three or four times as long. Keep taking that road less traveled my dear friend πŸΎπŸŒ²πŸŒΌπŸžπŸŒπŸ’ŒπŸ’Œ

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    1. I haven’t taken the long route to work because it involves an uphill climb up a set of steep stairs. I may have to wake up earlier in order to reach the office at the usual time if I am to take the long route. Maybe I’ll try the long route to work one day but for now, the long route home is definitely the best way to round off the day! 🌲 🌳 🌴 🎍 πŸŽ‹ πŸƒ πŸ₯

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    1. The long route home takes about 35 minutes but it took me an hour because I was stopping to take photos and video. There are diversions along the route as it is linked to other trails and I couldn’t resist taking a detour to explore each diversion. This is my way of winding down, my happy hour lol. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸŒ‡πŸŒΎ

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      1. And what a brilliant way to wind down! Geordie often ‘dawdles’ on his way home from school – so, not a different route, but much needed downtime after a day of conforming.

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      2. That’s fantastic! 😍. I love detours–and personal happy hours πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ. Winding down feels just lovely. I love the way you think πŸŒΊπŸ’—πŸŒΊ

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  3. The long route is beautiful. πŸ™‚ the first route reminds me of what I used to see when walking around 25 minutes to work in Central london (lots of exhaust fumes there too!) – I’m not surprised you dread going to work!
    But the long route and the birdsong of the second route is really peaceful and calming. I love the quote you included too πŸ’›

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    1. There is a third option for days when I’m really tired and lazy and that’s the bus, which takes about 10-15 minutes. But sometimes the bus is really crowded which puts me off. Nevertheless, the best thing about this job is the location. 25 minutes of walking alongside a polluted road is still a lesser evil compared to commuting in an overcrowded bus/train for 25 minutes! That said, I’m still sad that my Sunday is nearly over πŸ˜‚ 😷
      Have a great day!

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