In the past we had avoided rooms for 2 reasons. For me it was because I felt I had to thru-hike as 'purist' as possible. I wanted to be 100% self sufficient. The more physically demanding the more authentic the experience. Maybe it arose from my childhood incontinence and need to achieve. For Esther it was due to fears about spending money, the belief that hiking 'should' be a budget option. Now we are learning the importance of balance.
For instance, the amazing experiences and lessons we are learning on our hike so far have been enabled because we have rested when we needed to, moving out of pure survival mode. Likewise, we are coming to see that just because we are hiking doesn't mean the services offered en route should free or inaccessible to us if we are to enjoy the long term trip. The fact is we enjoy the nights in the tent and enjoy the long days walk instead of just pushing through them because of the nights in a bed. All we can do is take it a day at a time and just see what is available and balance it with what we need. All we have really done is start to loosen the imagined and unnecessary constraints we had placed on ourselves so we can fully enjoy and thrive in this experience.
The fact that we somehow found a room that, although a little higher than we like to spend, offered us a 20% walk in discount, has a pool and a hot tub and is directly opposite a organic grocery is the icing on the cake. We can reset, wash and feel re-energised for what is to come.