This blog is the diary of a journey. That journey is a pilgrimage: a pilgrimage about getting lost. Rebecca Solnit writes ‘Losing things is about the familiar falling away, getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing.’ (A Field Guide to Getting Lost, pg 22.)
It began as an idea many years ago and has since waxed and waned in and out of focus over those intervening years, just as this blog, begun in March 2012, was put on the back-burner. Now, my intention is to make it part of a research project which is a journey in itself. It comes at a point in time when different aspects of my life collide into a fusion of interests. There is a feeling that I have very little control over the process and that everything that has gone before has conspired to deliver me to this point. I join the many people who harbour such a dream for the open road until they are finally compelled to do it. I’m still not quite sure why I need to do it, only that I know I have to. There is no going back now. And I intend to make drawings, videos, photographs and notes as well as write about it, ‘a kind of writing that might report on the world while still remaining irresponsible, subjective, and a bit peculiar‘. (Alain de Botton)
May my mind come alive todayto the invisible geographythat invites me to new frontiers,to break the dead shell of yesterdays,to risk being disturbed and changed.
John O’ Donohue, from “a morning offering”
As the year unfolds, I will uncover the plan that will enable me to undertake this epic voyage – with a horse! Follow me in this blog to see how it all unfolds. Interaction is vital to the success of this venture so your comments will always be gratefully received.
Author’s note: All the words and images in these posts are my own unless otherwise stated. You are most welcome to use them for your own purposes but I would appreciate it if you could possibly either ask me first out of courtesy or at the very least give me a credit! Thanks.
For more information on the planned route and my raison d’être for choosing it, please visit my Journey page.