For my 40th, I decided to walk 40 miles across Honolulu. I like urban long walks and thought why not push it to match my arg new middle age! Took about 14 hours or so - a friend joined for me about 15 miles of the trek to share in the free adventure. It was great.
My route roughly started with a loop of Diamond Head Crater, then next to China Town via the Ala wai back to Kaimuki, back around Diamond Head to Kahala to weave back to Kaakako thru Waikiki back to Chinatown and then back to Kahala back to home until I hit 40 miles.
Each mile or so I tried to a picture of something. Here are some of those photos and observations below.
Some quick thoughts;
- Podcasts + Language learning tools are your friends on walks - Use wired headphones. Call your friends as you walk. Talk to strangers. Wave. Take strange unknown routes. Stop in non chain stores. Talk to store keepers.
- COVID era has made street portraits a little harder to take - people are a little skittish but after telling them I’ve been vaccinated most opened up or just ran away from me. Still I tried.
- Few people walk long distances in Honolulu - blazing heat and hot.
- Walking is the best way to really engage a city - long long distances make you cross different economic, class, and social areas.
- The 40 mile goal or any goal is critical to give your adventure a purpose and sense of accomplishment. I hit about 39.5 miles when I got home so I decided to go to the bodega to finish the last half mile.
- Taking pictures along the way adds some sense of exploration
- Bring an extra battery for your camera and phone
- Drinks, food easy. Just stop in any any bodega on the way. Don’t eat too much. It will just slow you down. Salt.
- Layer. Prepare for the elements. A big hat.
- The first 25 miles or so are pretty easy. The body or at least mine starts hurting after 30 miles. Miles 30 to 35 are the hardest.
- I discovered a lot of new restaurants I want to try- Buildings I have never seen, stores I want to support.
- Finish with a shower and a treat. I bought a piece of sweet potato haupia pie to end the day.
- Hopefully this inspires you to walk! Do it!