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  • October 14, 2011 to September 8, 2012. The road.

    Walking on the highway is humbling above all else, and there are two reasons for it as far as I can tell.

    1. You're exposed. If it's raining, you'll get wet. If there's a headwind, you'll walk slow. If it's hot, you'll sweat. And then there are all the people watching you as they drive by throughout the day. You are being seen at all times. I worried so much at first: what do they think of me? Eventually, I stopped caring.

    2. You're vulnerable. Big rigs howl as they drive by. Pick-ups shriek. Cars moan and scream. It's terrifying, especially knowing what would happen if you got hit. The tiniest turn of the steering wheel, the slightest swerve, and you'd be roadkill, too.

    It's good to be humbled, though. It made me grateful everyday.

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