Before I went to Central Asia, I had a long hike trip in my own country. I walked the "Pieterpad" (Pieter trail), that goes from north to south (or the other way around) and is 500 kilometers. I did this with a backpack, and during this time I slept in a small tent. I had several reasons for going, one of them was to really immerse myself in spring bursting loose. And yes that it did.
It was not an easy trip though. After 4 days in which I did 80 kilometers, I cursed myself, and the thought of another 440 kilometers was not an attractive foresight.
Nights were cold, and with a just not warm enough sleeping bag, I had to put all clothes that i had on to keep a little warm.
But there were also numerous rewards. Here is one. This little barn swallow was building its nest in a barn, and here he/she sits still to warn its partner that there were strangers in the house!So despite the dark, I could make a sharp image with a long shutter time (for a tele).
If you have FB you can find the trail here. (more later)