I’m ready to go NOW! Well, not really. But my mind feels that way. I keep thinking it’s time to go already, but I still have over a month to go. Maybe it’s because all of my students are finishing up their school years; it feels like my time is finishing up, too.
I slowed down a bit the last few days. Saturday and Sunday I got two good walks in, but I walked barely at all the last 3 days and also lost my morning routine. It shall return!
I just ordered my travel insurance, and today one of my tutoring mom recommended that I bring another pair of shoes! Someone from her family just went last year and advised a second pair to give the feet a break, since there tend to be particular friction spots in each pair of shoes that can get rubbed a little raw after a few days! I was reluctant to add more weight to my backpack, but she showed me a pair that she had that was super light. I will need to look into this.
I ordered more of my supplies Monday night, including a plug adapter, 3 thin, quick dry inner socks, a pair of quick-dry undies, and a quick dry towel and wash cloth. I just found the quick dry towel I bought for Europe 12 years ago, and it is dreadful. I don’t feel like I’m drying myself at all. Hopefully this new one will be better. I’m pretty close on everything. I may purchase a blister kit, and I have a few other small items I can purchase locally (besides the backup shoes).
In other news: my skin has cleared up quite a bit. I’m not sure if it’s the diet, the GLA, or mental shifts. Maybe all of the above! Also, I continue to go through emotional rollercoasters in life in general, but my coach says this is a good thing. 😀 Pluggin’ Along!
Have a good one, everyone! Much love, many blessings. ❤
Yesterday I went walking with my friend for an hour-and-a-half (about 3 miles) and I was exhausted! It may have partially been the heat, but I believe I just wasn’t prepared for it. I thanked him profusely for the experience and decided it’s time to get serious about preparing for the Camino!
Today I walked an hour-and-a-half again with Brian, and this time averaged 3 miles an hour and walked about 4.5 miles. Improvement! Tomorrow I am determined to walk 2-3 hours at the same pace.
I continue to wear my hiking shoes regularly and also usually my hiking socks. I’ve been reading Pilgrim Tips and Packing List Camino de Santiago by S. Yates with Daphne Hnatiuk, and I’m really enjoying it! So much useful information in there. (Thanks, Mom!) I highly recommend the text.
Some things I need to add to my packing list:
- feminine products
- 1-2 regular pop (soda) bottles to use as a water bottle
- ear plugs
- a plug adapter
- travel size toiletries ONLY
- a power transformer
- toilet paper
- container of salt
- plastic bag containing copies of important documents
- travel health insurance
- pair of nail scissors (useful for many things!)
- really thin (inner) socks
- foot cream
- safety pins
- a garbage bag (to line the inside of the backpack)
They also recommend cutting off tags, ripping out unneeded pages, and emptying the backpack every 2-3 days to clear and re-pack! Intense!
Finally, especially now that I plan on training harder, my two biggest concerns are frequent bathroom needs and blisters.
As far as the first, I’m sure I will get used to the open air practice eventually. As far as the second, here are a few suggestions from Yates and Hnatiuk:
- Cream the feet at least twice a day with Nivea, Neutrogena, or similar.
- Only wear broken in, comfortable shoes.
- Wear 2 pairs of socks so that the friction occurs between the sock layers.
- Don’t shower in the mornings and don’t do any foot soaks until you’re done hiking for the day. (This softens the skin and makes it more likely to blister.)
- During rests, take off shoes and socks and put your feet up (like on your backpack) to reduce swelling
- Take care of hot spots and discomfort immediately before a blister develops
- Take care of your feet in the evenings! Wash thoroughly, soak when possible, check for signs of problems and treat them, and cream generously.
- Shower first.
- Wash and disinfect hands.
- Disinfect blister, clean the area, and open it with a small incision with a sterilized utensil, just enough to drain the blister but keep the skin intact. (Do not remove the skin!)
- Use a sterile compress to apply pressure and empty the blister. Tape small compress to blister and surrounding area to prevent blister from re-filling overnight.
- Insert iodine into blister with iodine cream or liquid iodine syringe. (Yipes!)
- Cover with compress package and bandage.
- If needed the next day, buy Spontex® kitchen cloth, cut it to size — leaving a hole where your blister is, and tape it to the surrounding blister-free skin.
- Keep the dressings clean, and change them after every shower.
- Cream the old skin over the blister to keep it soft and elastic, so it won’t cause another blister!
Those feet are important! Love, love, love your feet!
Much love, many blessings. ❤
Wow! I’ve just realized that the time is flying! I’ve done a little more walking. The weather has been crazy rainy in Chicagoland, so Saturday night Brian and I went for a mall walk, 2 laps around. The sun is finally out today, so maybe I will brave the weather a bit!
I’ve been poking around on a few sites and was also gifted a guide book by my mom, with another one coming from my Amazon points. I am so grateful for the support I have received so far! I am including an introductory packing list that I may add to throughout this experience:
- Passport — Check!
- Wallet — Check! (But I’ll need to check on my debit card usability and let the credit card companies know I’ll be gone.)
- 3 70-page Journals — Check! I plan on doing a lot of reflecting!
- Phone — Check!
- Charger — Check! Still debating on whether to bring 2. I may have to wrestle Brian for one. . .
- 3 Wool socks — Check!
- Light sleeping bag — I think I just ordered this. (Coming soon!)
- Sleeping bag liner — Borrowing from Dad
- Rain poncho — Just ordered 🙂
- Inflatable pillow — * Need to look into this one. I may get away without it, using my fleece or something.
- Water bottle — Check!
- Bar of soap — Check!
- Deodorant — Check! But I may want to switch from the cream to the Roll-on for convenience.
- Toothbrush/toothpaste — Check!
- Quick-Dry Towel — *Need to locate it.
- Quick-Dry wash cloth— *Need to locate it.
- Pilgrims Passport for your country — Ordered!
- A Guide Book — Yes and on its way!
- Bandages? — *Need to look into this! I do have moleskins!
- Hiking Boots — YES! And I LOVE them! Thank you, Mom! My narrow, flat feet are uber happy. I seriously felt them crying from relief and joy at the store yesterday.
- 3 pairs of underwear (quick dry) — Check!
- 2 long hiking pants (zipper off to shorts) — Check!
- 3 long-sleeved quick dry shirts — Check!
- 3 quick dry bras — Check! (Though I may try to go without on some days!)
- 2 night clothes sets (2 tankinis and 2 mesh shorts) — Check!
- Zipper up fleece — I think I have this; Check!
- Lightweight jacket — Check!
- flip flops — Check!
- sun hat — Ordered!
- bandana — Check!
- Gloves — Check! (Just gotta figure out which to bring.)
- Ear cover — Check!
- Hiking backpack — Check! Thanks, Mom! I was going to use my huge Rick Steve’s one, but Mom splurged and got me a hiking one.
I think I pretty much have everything! I’ll be taking a look at the guide books to see if they suggest anything else.
I figured out that my nightmare from last week was based on the fears I had about this trip. I’m really stretching myself this year — even more than last year!
This morning I had my very first teeth falling out dream. It was awful! I can now officially sympathize with all of the other teeth-losing dreamers out there — it’s amazing how much we take for granted! I am so grateful for you, teeth! Losing teeth is considered losing the tools for assimilation, and usually I’ve seen a connection to overwhelm in those who have this dream. That does resonate with me! Today I’ve been utilizing Barbara Caine’s 25-minute chunk time management strategy and am slowly hacking away at my “to accomplish” list.
Have a wonderful week, everyone!
Much love, many blessings. ❤