I’ve spent the better part of the last 3 weeks preparing for my upcoming trip, doing things like reading about the Camino de Santiago, reading people’s blogs about what to pack, going to Sports Basement and Lombardi Sports and REI (multiple times) and taking care of bills and payments so I won’t be behind on any of them while I’m gone.  It’s been a lot of fun, especially reading other people’s accounts of the hike (I still don’t call it a pilgrimage because it insinuates a strictly religious purpose for the hike) and daydreaming about what the typical day will be like.  Or putting my packed backpack on and stepping on the scales and trying to whittle the weight down to below 20 pounds which is not easy!  

In the end, it’s just like any other project you undertake; the more preparation and effort you put into it up front the more you’re likely to get out of it in the end.  At least that’s what I’m telling myself right now 🙂  We’ll see what I’m saying on May 16th when I hope to be done with the hike (not the pilgrimage) since I have a flight out to Barcelona on the morning of the 17th.

Next item to purchase, flint for starting a fire.  I’m hoping to spend at least one night outside under the stars, enjoying a bottle of wine and keeping warm with a small fire.  If you’re in the area, stop by and I’ll pour you a glass.