A wry anecdote appears in Ed Readicker-Henderson’s “How to Go to Hell” in this issue of Motionsickness.
A wry anecdote appears in Ed Readicker-Henderson’s “How to Go to Hell” in this issue of Motionsickness. There’s a Japanese pilgrimage which features 88 temples across 700 miles; it can take up to two months to walk it. Recently, would-be pilgrims have been given the options of quick ‘n’ easy bus tours, flyovers by helicopter, and even a video to watch if one really can’t be bothered. All this has prompted a friend of the author’s to remark, “They do know they’re still going to hell, right?” I mention this story because it seems at heart to be what Motionsickness is all about; it is travel writing for wayfarers who still want to do it the good, hard, spiritual way. This issue includes an interview with George Meegan, who walked over 19,000 miles from South America, across the U.S., and over to Alaska. Just as impressive are Jason Lewis and Steve Smith, who are gradually trying to go around the world on human power alone and have actually succeeded in pedaling a boat across the Atlantic! Motionsickness not only shuns the prepackaged path, it has a conscience and explores such issues as environmental damage caused by tourism. An engaging read of authentic experience. [Motionsickness Magazine, 4117 SE Division St., #417, Portland, OR 97202. E-mail: [email protected]. Single issue $4.50. http://www.motionsickmag.com]