Waterwalker is the title of Bill Mason's iconic movie on canoeing. And indeed - canoeing and walking have got much in common. Be it for the cruising speed of round about 4 KM per hour. Or the innumerable strides on a long-distance-hike and likewise the countless paddle strokes for miles on end on rivers and lakes.
But there are distinct differences also. While a hiking-outfit of give or take 10 Kilograms gets you going almost anywhere in central Europe a canoe-trip north of 60 may require an outfit of 150 Kilograms or more. Much of it being food.
Solitude and silence both intrinsic to the land north of 60 is to be found in populated Europe only around the few places hard to get to - like the mountains.
Whereas the degrees of freedom to change your course with only 10 Kilograms on your back is awesome. You can virtually go anywhere because the cultured land will supply you sooner or later with whatever you may need. On a canoe trip you are somehow committed to the waterways you have chosen before. Food is often the limiting factor to a larger degree of spontaneity.
The galleries are intended to convey an idea of what is in store along the way. From Munich to Venice entices by traversing three different countries with their food, customs and languages. Whereas the special charm of the Pyrenees for me was crossing Spain from one ocean to the other. The Grande Traversata delle Alpi is a beautiful physical challenge accompanied by delicious Italian food.