What Did The Idiot Do When Bad Weather Kept Him Away From Soggy Hiking Trails?

What did The Idiot do when he was rained in during a week of dark and stormy weather in Northern California?

Rain: The view from The Idiot’s deck at 8 am on Friday, January 20.

Rain: The view from The Idiot’s deck at noon on Saturday, January 21.

Rain: The view from The Idiot’s deck at 9 pm on Sunday, January 22.

He initially kept out of the rain and stayed indoors to work on The Idiot and the Odyssey III: Alexander the Great Walks the Mediterranean, which will be published on July 31, 2018.

He reviewed and edited over 3,000 photos that he’s taken in Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Egypt since 2013.

He reread over 1,400 blog items that he’s posted daily during the past four years.

He also reviewed over 120,000 words of notes he’s taken while MedTrekking since The Idiot and the Odyssey II was published in February 2013 and continued to read books pertaining to Alexander the Great. Fortunately he took an “occasional” break to play online Scrabble.

The Idiot regularly made Scrabble moves online when he needed a respite from reading. He usually has at least a dozen games going.

When he realized the rain would last a while, The Idiot did everything but walk on wet and puddled paths to stay in shape. Here’s a sampling of his foul-weather activity:

He took a 5:15 am spin class taught by Silas Lyons, the editor of the Redding Record Searchlight newspaper.
(Photo: Silas Lyons)

He abandoned his WWF umbrella when he got into the pool at the Redding YMCA.

He participated in the Woman’s March in Redding, CA.
(Photo: Judy Tofflemire)

He made an offering to Thai monk Piya Piyawajako after a meditation session.
(Photo: Teddy Chatbodin Photesri)

He joined one of his younger brothers in the weight room at the YMCA in Redding, CA.
(Photo: Tryg Stratte)

Then the sun came out and he resumed his walking workouts to prepare for a return to the MedTrek in Egypt in March.

Posted on by Joel in Cyprus, Egypt, Featured, Follow The Idiot, Food, Greece, Idiotic Musings, Israel, Lebanon, MedTrekking, Syria, Travel, Turkey, USA, Weather

About Joel

Joel Stratte-McClure has been a global trekker since the 1970s. He lived in France for over 30 years, working as a journalist, before he turned his attention to a unique life-time-project of walking the shores of the Mediterranean. The first 4,401 kilometers are explored in his inspirational and entertaining first book "The Idiot and the Odyssey: Walking the Mediterranean." The next 4,401 kilometers are covered in the gods-filled sequel, "The Idiot and the Odyssey II: Myth, Madness and Magic on the Mediterranean,” published on Valentine's Day 2013. The last 4,401 kilometers will be discussed in the last book of the trilogy currently entitled "The Idiot and the Odyssey III: Alexander the Great Walks the Mediterranean."

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