The Best Things Often Ain’t Easy

Ian joined Sue and me for part of our trek in England.

Sometimes, the best experiences push you to your limits. I am reminded of that thought as I walk the South West Coast Path in England. One particular day included stunning coastal views along a 15-mile walk with more than 9,000 feet of elevation change.

In the moment, it seemed like too much. My legs rebeled in pain as I neared my tenth hour on the trail. “Why do I do this?” I asked myself as I wondered if the sights were worth it.

A couple of days later, our English friend Ian surprised Sue and me on the South West Coast Path with a reunion. It brought back memories of our first distance trek, Spain’s Camino de Santiago, where we met Ian. I learned during a month on the Camino that working through hardships sometimes leads to rich rewards.

Ian’s friendship and many treasured memories came from those times on the Camino.

We have seven days and many more miles left on our journey from Minehead to Land’s End. Our fifth long-distance trek reminds me that time will guide me to realizing the rewards from taking on such a difficult challenge.

4 thoughts on “The Best Things Often Ain’t Easy

  1. Wow! Those views are breathtaking! I’d agree, sometimes the best experiences do push you to your limits. After all, you know it’s that much more worthwhile when you had to push yourself to make it happen.

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