nearing the end of the walking process, i wanted to experience the route in a different way - to approach the walk in a different mindset - to jolt the familiarity and complacency. i decided to walk the route backwards, in direction and literally. this proved an amusing experience for me and those watching as well as a little awkward at times. the jolting and jarring and regular stopping to check for obstacles was in contrast to the way i had recently been walking the route in forward mode, which i am by now managing to do almost by feel and subconscious. this way of walking took me back to walk 1 which was made into a similarly staccato affair by the constant referral to the map. i was almost transported back to that first day. almost.