Walking Across America (双语)1

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Walking Across America (Bilingual Version) by Lingyang Jiang

 

Chapter One “Get set…”

 

I hate to get bored. I therefore won’t bore you with all those lofty motives in my walking across America. Let’s just say I had a plan to work in Hong Kong. I wanted to make sure that I had enough facts on the American ground to share in that part of the world. Globalization doesn’t exclude localization. It would be a shame if I didn’t know much about the neck of my woods. America is the neck of my woods.

 

Myself a marathoner, I was in good shape for training to walk mile after mile each and every day, rain or shine. That’s the easy part, relatively speaking. What’s hard was to enable myself to take on the psychological toll whatever that meant. With all due respect to all those across-America walkers I ran into on the internet, I had learned of their heroism and romance so much that I couldn't help but wonder if fact and fiction were interchangeable. Yes, I might expect a mean-spirited sheriff in some small town, but I couldn’t imagine myself as a reincarnated Rambo. Yes, I might expect a friendly conversation with a beauty somewhere, but I couldn’t imagine myself as a reincarnated Romeo. 

 

Learning by doing. Thank you, John Dewey!

 

Away from my college town, I backpacked around Massachusetts just about every weekend. Boston is actually close by, but it made no less sense to me. The Cradle of Liberty turned out to be quite an awesome training ground for getting myself more street-smart. I quickly learned that I needed a fellow traveler to avoid unnecessary suspicion. By the way, I am a social creature just like you. So I adopted a dog. It didn’t mean I agreed with Mark Twain who once said, “The more I know people, the more I love my dog.” I simply couldn’t afford the cons of human companionship even though I readily appreciated the pros of it. 

 

With a lovely dog in tow, I was better-received by strangers in my home state. Walking with an unleashed formidable dog practically as my equal, I was much much better-received by strangers when I ventured out into the Appalachian Mountains every now and then. I was training my dog while my dog was training me. 

 

I was a Johnny-come-lately to the scene of dog adoption. Well, better late than never. Anyway, you will hear a lot more about my dog if you care to keep up with me. You’d better do.

 

To be continued …

 

My fiancée, her kid sister, and our four-legged family member. My across-America dog has found a place in heaven recently.

 

 

《徒步横过美乡》第一章:就位、准备…”

 

与其说一大堆关于徒步游美所想达致的伟大目标,不如就简单地這么说吧:哪时候计划远赴香港工作,为了交流,自己想做点准备工夫;于是决心实地走访本乡。本乡正是美国。

 

徒步漫游美国,在体力方面,问题不大,因为自己毕竟是个马拉松跑手。最需要的反而是心理准备。换言之,身心都要同样坚毅。然而,搜网借镜,结果踫到了的、大抵多谈英雄事迹及途上艳遇。说真的,本人无意強充蓝宝” 史泰龙,更无必要把自己幻化成罗蜜欧。说到底,还是自己摸索好了。

 

实用主义大师约翰·杜威沒错:学者即行者。

 

于是呢,每逢周末、就背着行囊徒步漫游麻省,距离原居的大学城越远越好。不过,话说回来,在不远处的波士顿倒令我学到了不少市井之道。同时,发觉如果有伴同行,人家对我就会少一分猜疑。想想,你我都是社群动物,实在沒有孤身走路的必要。好吧,我就收养了一只狗。且住,养狗不是因为佩服马克·吐温哪句慧语越知人者越爱其犬。” 只不过、与犬同行,可免与人同行的人际纠葛。爱犬随行,人家果然对我少些戒心。还有呢,偶尔携這壮犬,不牵牠、不绊牠,双双漫行阿巴拉契亚山区(美东与内陆之间的天然屏障),更被当地人(外称所谓红脖子,笔者加上引号,无任何贬义)受落。当下有此感觉:究竟是我在训练狗儿,还是狗儿在训练我,一时弄不清楚。弄不清楚,相干么?

 

(待续)

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沙发! -beautifulwind- 给 beautifulwind 发送悄悄话 beautifulwind 的博客首页 beautifulwind 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/04/2021 postreply 22:08:52

今晚興緻好,但又緬懷不久前仙遊了的愛犬, -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/04/2021 postreply 22:12:28

愛犬伴我徒步橫越美鄉,已是多年前的事了。 -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/04/2021 postreply 22:14:29

那時還未到香港做打工仔呢。 -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/04/2021 postreply 22:15:38

剛才發過此文了,不慎意外刪掉。 -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/04/2021 postreply 22:16:47

Danren 文友不吝點讃過,在此謹向文友致歉! -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/04/2021 postreply 22:19:01

你也写一篇好玩儿的文章,来参加活动吧。看楼下Okra写的故事把我逗S了:) -beautifulwind- 给 beautifulwind 发送悄悄话 beautifulwind 的博客首页 beautifulwind 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/04/2021 postreply 22:19:42

多謝美風版主鼓勵,但憶犬之際,幽默非其時也。 -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/04/2021 postreply 22:23:38

嗯,好的。等看合适的时间吧:) -beautifulwind- 给 beautifulwind 发送悄悄话 beautifulwind 的博客首页 beautifulwind 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/04/2021 postreply 22:26:08

活動一定會參加的,容幾天後小羊心情回復點吧。 -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/04/2021 postreply 22:26:52

再謝版主,明天見,晚安! -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/04/2021 postreply 22:33:01

My condolences to you! -甜虫虫- 给 甜虫虫 发送悄悄话 甜虫虫 的博客首页 甜虫虫 的个人群组 (368 bytes) () 04/04/2021 postreply 22:56:47

I’ve read about you walking your puppies. Now I know -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (190 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 05:21:48

"K9 is my middle name", love that! :) -甜虫虫- 给 甜虫虫 发送悄悄话 甜虫虫 的博客首页 甜虫虫 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 11:15:32

Me too. -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 16:36:27

我刚才就是看到这篇,正要跟帖,就没了:)有teenager因为狗仙游就suicide了,挺残酷的。 -beautifulwind- 给 beautifulwind 发送悄悄话 beautifulwind 的博客首页 beautifulwind 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/04/2021 postreply 22:18:22

太悲劇了。可能少年人本身有自戕傾向, -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/04/2021 postreply 22:21:09

喪犬之痛觸發自尋短見,也未可知。 -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/04/2021 postreply 22:29:27

wow, you walked across America! -甜虫虫- 给 甜虫虫 发送悄悄话 甜虫虫 的博客首页 甜虫虫 的个人群组 (921 bytes) () 04/04/2021 postreply 23:03:35

A walk across America is one of the best -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (301 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 05:43:06

I bet that's an eye-opening -甜虫虫- 给 甜虫虫 发送悄悄话 甜虫虫 的博客首页 甜虫虫 的个人群组 (273 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 11:14:22

Thanks! Your kind words remind me of Tolstoy's -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (201 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 16:44:19

Very impressive! Amazing that you walked across America! -花儿解语2021- 给 花儿解语2021 发送悄悄话 花儿解语2021 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 04:48:05

Thanks! It’s a one-and-done thing. It’s so personal. -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 05:47:57

Sorry for your loss. On the other hand, -Okra- 给 Okra 发送悄悄话 Okra 的博客首页 Okra 的个人群组 (95 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 05:18:36

Thank you so much! As for my romance, you might want to -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (103 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 05:58:18

Read your Snow post. Can hear your heart sing at the end. Bold m -Okra- 给 Okra 发送悄悄话 Okra 的博客首页 Okra 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 10:50:56

Bold move on first date! -Okra- 给 Okra 发送悄悄话 Okra 的博客首页 Okra 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 10:56:00

Yes, you can say that again. Thanks! -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 16:45:36

Steinbeck.,,-:)),,,, -青松站- 给 青松站 发送悄悄话 青松站 的博客首页 青松站 的个人群组 (93 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 05:43:21

You’re one well-read Pine! Yes, I like Steinbeck’s Charley. -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 06:05:10

Sorry for the loss of your lovely doggy. -天边一片白云- 给 天边一片白云 发送悄悄话 天边一片白云 的博客首页 天边一片白云 的个人群组 (664 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 07:51:55

You know dogs. What you said makes so much sense -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (640 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 10:42:02

翘首以待。He was lucky to be adopted by a loving family. -天边一片白云- 给 天边一片白云 发送悄悄话 天边一片白云 的博客首页 天边一片白云 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/06/2021 postreply 08:28:52

Soul Searching! -danren- 给 danren 发送悄悄话 danren 的博客首页 danren 的个人群组 (15802 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 08:40:23

That's a moving story of a great person, someone -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (184 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 10:47:00

Beautiful Samoyed -移花接木- 给 移花接木 发送悄悄话 移花接木 的博客首页 移花接木 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 17:17:41

my sweetheart, this tender&grateful gazing makes everything ... -移花接木- 给 移花接木 发送悄悄话 移花接木 的博客首页 移花接木 的个人群组 (156 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 17:34:28

看到这个新闻了吗?注意安全 -beautifulwind- 给 beautifulwind 发送悄悄话 beautifulwind 的博客首页 beautifulwind 的个人群组 (401 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 20:37:03

That's disturbing. Don't walk by yourself. My heart -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (44 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 21:55:57

That's so sad and disturbing! -甜虫虫- 给 甜虫虫 发送悄悄话 甜虫虫 的博客首页 甜虫虫 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/06/2021 postreply 16:56:09

Who can say otherwise? Stay wonderful! -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 21:52:12

Thank you so much! -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 21:41:10

Great. Would you like to walk the Trans Canada Trail as well? -Marauders- 给 Marauders 发送悄悄话 Marauders 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 21:23:36

No, sir. I am still a hiker, though. My walk -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (41 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 22:00:32

美坛的Marauders,a.k.a. 大S, 是男生:) -beautifulwind- 给 beautifulwind 发送悄悄话 beautifulwind 的博客首页 beautifulwind 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 22:06:35

My fault. I apologize. Thanks, Beautifulwind! -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/05/2021 postreply 22:21:24

you are OK. -Marauders- 给 Marauders 发送悄悄话 Marauders 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/06/2021 postreply 15:16:16

Thank you, Marauders! It looks to me that -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (99 bytes) () 04/06/2021 postreply 19:02:55

+1 -Marauders- 给 Marauders 发送悄悄话 Marauders 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/06/2021 postreply 12:47:23

恭喜LYJiang。首页进来,谢谢网管,Walking Across America (双语)挂首成功:) -beautifulwind- 给 beautifulwind 发送悄悄话 beautifulwind 的博客首页 beautifulwind 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/06/2021 postreply 07:43:19

Many thanks to Beautifulwind and Wenxuecity! -LYJiang- 给 LYJiang 发送悄悄话 LYJiang 的博客首页 LYJiang 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 04/06/2021 postreply 14:47:28

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