After reading Is it possible to build a bridge between planets?, I wonder: what situation would provide technology support that enables them to make the trip, but limits them to walking speed?
The voyagers will need some way to make use of provided energy in order to produce food. They need to take and carry everything they need for a permanent settlement that will survive in isolation for years. So why don’t they have motors or whatnot?
Why don’t they use the initial segment just as an ordinary beanstalk and then make the crossing in a space capsule, which continues moving without a continued expenditure of energy?