Just rediscovered a gem of a book I knew of years ago. Published in 1927, The Gentle Art of Tramping by Graham Stephen, is both an expression of the joys of the open road and a description of the world that vanished in depression and war. As an introduction try another book, one of snatches from books on walking from Roman to the times of the writer, Morris Marples, Shank's Pony. If that does not restore a desire to step out onto Tolkien's dangerous highway I do not know what will. Stephen walks across Europe, sounds simple and it is but enjoyable.