|Trace The Mitten|
I had not heard of this term until I saw it in a web journal about bike touring. I could easily understand the concept when I read the description of making the way through sand or up a steep single track. I have done both of those and you know there will be other times that you are unable to pedal needing to walk you way.
When you learn to ride you think that you will never need to walk your bike. I needed to swallow some pride when I needed to walk up some steep hills. I have come to just accept that I may need to walk the bike. In doing a tour you do what you need to do to make progress. I guess this like a portage in canoeing where they will carry the canoe over shallow
Take a moment a moment to ease your frustration and clearly think through some options. A snap decision to a plan may not be the best. If you are with others you may talk out the problem. You may need the take off panniers and move the bike and your load . You may decide to take the mechanical advantage of the wheels and walk the bike through the stream. When I struggle up the hill I decide to dismount and walk up the hill. I will travel almost as fast, but it is easier for me to breathe. While walking in this manner I will be able to enjoy the scenery. Sometimes the road and traffic conditions lead me to walk for safety reasons.
We ride bike because we love the feel to be in the saddle. If you are planning your own route you may consider alternate routes to avoid possible walking areas. You may adjust your day to stop early so that the difficult section ahead you will be fresh in the morning. I also read several times where riders took advantage of generous offer for a lift. It is your trip and you make your rules. Have fun.