|How do you feel in a tent?|
How do I feel? I ask myself. Let me see.
Well, I’m healthy. I don’t have a cold. I have no flu, no aches or pains. My arms and legs are fine. And so is my back.
I can relax.
It’s fine weather. The day is warm—not hot, not cold—just pleasant. There’s no wind. The air smells clean. And I am happy. Isn’t this nice? In an hour, only two cars pass me by.
Now and then, I catch Mami up, when she stops her bicycle to wait for me. Sometimes the TV crew is waiting to film me walk by. The afternoon passes.
At five p.m., after traveling 7km, we decide to stop for the day on a nice patch of grass. We unpack and then set up our tent. It is orange, and small. This is the first time for us to use it together.
The TV crew is surprised. “Are you stopping so soon? But you have so far to travel!” They thought that we would try to do more. However, it’s important not to do too much on the first day. You need to listen to your body. You need to follow the sun. You need to keep your motivation high, and to camp at a good place when you find one.
When it gets dark, our friends leave. They have filmed us enough for today. They will come back in a few days to film some more. Mami and I wave them off, squeeze into the tent, and zip it shut.