I had shoes. it was uphill and downhill both ways. Thats the only way you can walk over two hills up one side and down the other. It wasn't just me, our little town didn't have busses for the town kids until i was out of school. Everyone walked to school or rode bicycles. but we were a nice town and even small kids could walk to school while the older kids watched for traffic on the one busy road. And it was less than 2 miles, sorry to burst you bubble, but nobody deserves free money just because they breathe, or just because some people did some things 600 years ago.You left out the part where you walked to school in the snow, barefoot, uphill both ways.