Walking the M62
eBook (PDF), 135 Pages
During the months of September and October 2007 John Davies took a walk across the north of England following the route of the M62 motorway east to west from Hull to his home back in Liverpool. This is an edited version of the daily entries John posted on his walk website, with additional passages and a new 7-page introduction. Also including 12 b&w pictures from the walk, John's 'Twitter' archive and a useful reference list, this is an entertaining and thought-provoking record of a remarkable journey. "A world animated." - Phil Smith, Mis-Guides "Not so much an alternative manifesto but more a policy study on behalf of a neglected electorate .....This is England, this was England...." - Stewart Henderson, broadcaster / poet "Crammed full of stuff that has got me thinking." - Joe Moran, author, Queuing for Beginners "Walking the M62 will become another component of the cultural wampum bag I carry with me." - Roy Bayfield, Walking Home to 50
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Dec 28, 2013Over the years I’ve read many “walking books”. Possibly my fascination with long walks is anchored in my desire to absorb things the traveller learns and remembers from life’s experience along the way. Hoping, maybe, that some of their wisdom will rub off on me. Hoping that I won’t have to put in the “hard yards” but will benefit from their journey some way or another. Reading John Davies book gave me an opportunity to experience parts of Yorkshire from a grass roots level. Northern England, Yorkshire in particular hold a fascination for me because my Australian family originates from Yorkshire’s city of Hull, being the geographic focus at the beginning of Mr Davies’ walk. Walking along with Mr Davies in my imagination I utilized the magic of Google Earth. When he described standing on a hill overlooking a town or when he walked along a tow path next to a canal or over the bridge across a river, I was able to get a sense of the geographic places he experienced. The journey left me... More > with an impression of an urban landscape, much if it concreted over and abandoned. There were pockets of joy and pockets of fear but mostly I recognised and enjoyed the walk as a pilgrimage to find the sacred in everyday life. A philosophy that speaks to me. The book is based on a daily blog that John updated as he reflected on his day’s experiences. He also tweeted about “moments” along the way. After finishing the book the first time, back some years ago, I felt I had missed something and the thought that I wanted to read it again someday remained. So I read it again a few days ago and again felt I’d missed something. I think I know why this feeling remained even after a second read. I think, underneath the daily diary like entries lay something more profound but unspoken. It’s like the book was a summary. I know there could have been so much more if the author had had the time. Maybe, again, I missed something fleeting when my reading was distracted. The book is certainly worth the read, like me it may leave you wishing for a just a little bit more. I’m so pleased John Davies decided to share his journey through his blog, his twitter feed and his book. I enjoyed the walk and getting to know the author just a little bit. I’d just like to sit down over a cosy dinner and a glass of wine and converse for several hours with the author.< Less
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