So, earlier this month, we did the Portuguese Camino de Santiago, from the cathedral in Porto to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, about 240 kilometers worth of hiking. 13 days of hiking, carrying backpacks (and in Thor's case, also carrying a 6 kilo baby in a front carrier) on the sides of very busy highways without much in the way of margins, up and down what appeared to be old riverbeds, through some industrial area, but also a lot of green foresty areas, by vineyards being harvested, and through small villages. We started hiking at around 8 each morning (so, when it became light), and finished each day at around 2 or so in the afternoon.
And then, after arriving, and spending a day resting in Santiago, we rented a car to do a bit of a Portuguese/Spanish roadtrip before flying back to Denmark from Madrid. We picked up the car at a bit before 10am, and started to drive towards Lisbon, where we were to meet with some of my old friends from when I lived there. And found ourselves driving back through our starting point of Porto (well, o.k., past it on the motorway) right around lunchtime.
Moral of the story: there are many ways, and many speeds in which to do things. Each have its place, but sometimes, it's good to take the slower path.