Besides, companionship, I suppose, she felt more safety hitching in the company of a male. There were a lot of single women alone on the roads. Not that they were any more vulnerable to predators, but there were unsavory types who descended on lone sojourners. So, perhaps our bonding was for convenience and safety. The first day we made it to Valdosta, GA, just north of the Florida border. It was early enough to set up a comfortable camp. Finding suitable woods was not a problem. Soon we set up our site. This was much more home style that I was accustomed. A tent, bedding, and cooked meal provided comforts I was not used too. The vagaries of traveling with a partner descended upon me.
We both had to make adjustments to our traveling style. Esperanza was more into comfort, I into speed. Alone, I would not have stopped as early as we did , but kept on going. Of course by the time, I would have chose to halt, there would not be light to set up a site. I sacrificed my urge to keep moving, a small price to pay for creature comforts. Having a prepared site to waken to also gave us an opportunity to have a small meal before heading to the road. It seems my days of full steam ahead are limited. Part of me is grateful.