"The further I walk, the less I know why," author Ma Jian wrote in Red Dust, the story of his three-year trek across China to Tibet.
"The path takes control. I follow it blindly."
Right now, many of us are experiencing Ma Jian moments.
I mean that literally - as we hike in circles around our 2km and 5km radiuses - but also philosophically.
What the hell are we doing? Where will all of this lead?
Several weeks into lockdown, I'm still up and down - high after spotting a new bird or piece of local history one minute, crashing the next as I contemplate the months ahead, the crazy challenge facing tourism, the fresh blooms of virus that could reset the clocks to zero again.
But we keep walking.
There's a balm in that, and a signpost as to how activity holidays may recover, too.
If the easing of restrictions ripples out from local to regional and national levels, with social distancing a guiding principle, we'll be wearing those walking boots for some time. We are likely to be wary of crowds. We will crave safe, small group reunions of family and friends. We have reconnected with nature, the outdoors and localism, which bodes well for outdoor activities, too. And given time, we may take that mindset overseas.
"I believe travel will be more meaningful in the coming years," says Roland Monsegu of walking and cycling tour operator, CaminoWays.com. "While we might travel less, we will travel better and more sustainably than ever before."
He believes walking could recover more quickly than other holidays - almost nine in 10 of his April bookings were for Spain's Camino, Monsegu says.
Whether slow travel will thrive after Covid-19 remains to be seen, but the Camino has a special place in Irish hearts - for pilgrims on spiritual journeys, working through grief, illness or life changes, or just having the craic, chats and refuelling on cheap wine at refugios. 2021 is a Holy Year, and local authorities are already looking at how to adapt the routes post-Covid-19.
Reading about this, and Jim Murty's reflection on his walks, gave me hope.
Like Ma Jian, we're all walking blindly right now. But we're also on our own, imposed, Covid Caminos. The days in lockdown go slowly, but the weeks fly. The plodding is monotonous, but can lead to big ideas, meandering conversations or sudden sparks of fun. There's a new grá for nature, but inward journeys, too.
"The Camino has witnessed wars, pests, droughts and famine and it has always returned stronger than before," Bronagh Carroll of Magic Hill Holidays wrote in a note to customers this Easter.
"Your Camino experience tells you that no matter how hard the climb over the steep hill is, it will be a distant memory in the near future."
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