So who is this mysterious fellow we’ve been tracking? We’d been following the terrain ahead on his blog, and knew he was a Dutch chap of a healthy 18yrs, but unluckily for a long trail hiker he’d had a lot of trouble with his knee :( So big thanks to Dirk for waiting ;) ( Frankly I’d *never* have caught him otherwise! ) It made me feel great to imagine I could catch someone up! Haha :D
We all sat round for lunch comparing stories, kit, maps, and snacks. I can never imagine myself at 18yrs deciding to hike solo 3000km across a foreign country, with a language not my own, and a knee injury too. I have to say how truly impressed I am at his focus, determination, maturity, and levelheadedness, and not to mention the modest, calm manner in which he’s undertaken this immense challenge. Pretty awesome. I wish I was half this worldly wise at 33 :)
( Also – he was packing some tasty looking salami sandwiches… )
Very impressed that such a young lad, only 18! Is taking on such a big challenge on the other side of the planet in-between finishing high school and going to university. Our caps are most definetly doth’d in your general direction Dirk. Hope to meet up on the trail again soon :) You can follow Dirk’s adventures on his blog – Walk on the Other Side.
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