BOOK: Walk In The Woods…as funny as the movie by the same name with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. See the movie if you don’t want to read the book.
SONG: I’m Walkin, by Fats Domino
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: i thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirit of the trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes (ee cummings)
I walked 4 miles this morning in about 1.5 hours, in the area near us called Tapatio Spring. More than moderately hilly, but a good start. It is already hot enough in our part of TX that walking and exercise needs to be done in the morning. Peter hooked us up with a local trail guidelist and so, while he will not be joining me on the camino, he will be just as fit and the insurance company that rewards us for our good health, will give him lots of chits at the end of the year. I will get more!
I am putting together lists now. The gear list is crazy and I am on 2 forums where camino folks share their questions, answers and lessons learned. Weight of the pack is critical. They say 7-10% of your body weight will be the ideal and should keep your pack from being a burden. This is a bit of a problem, because while I do have the workout for increasing core strength, increasing upper body mass while strengthening my legs simultaneously…my pack should only weigh 13 pounds. One guy who pared everything to a minimum (cut his deodorant in half and filled his bag with whispers and promises) still came up with 18 lbs. So I need suggestions from my fit friends about all the wicking and weightless clothing items that dry in flash time and your comment on the comfort of this stuff.
I wondered if wearing a go-pro would allow for an increase in my body weight and offset some other piece of the packed goods. That is where this thinking can take you!
I also am making my music playlist. I need music that perks you up, gets you going, etc.. I am looking for anything that is about roads, walking, moving, paths – no running. I will die a dedicated Motown girl, but have varied music interests. Heavy metal is not on the list and really angry rap does not move me along. Please, no one send me Walk On Through The Storm. That is a desperate song for me and very sad to boot. It brings me visions of a woman with leprosy being exiled from her home and walking out with the back of her hand against her forehead while moving into driving sleet and rain…this is a too-sad song for me. It will make me sit down and cry. Chris Rhea is a fav. I got me some Johnny Cash. I want stuff in English, French, Spanish and I even have a couple of songs in Armenian. The Cambodian songs tend to go to the dark side and lament love lost by stupid guys/or girls and them eventually committing suicide. It is never happy. It is not bouncy either. Carol A, I have one of your albums from our retreat I think (Returning) – Peter happened upon it once in a shuffle and was transformed by it. It is super meditative for the days when my mind needs it.
So, anyway, please send me recommendations.
I have a plethora of info on the history of this walk and will bullet it down and share it too.There is an energy in places like this that can be felt. There are also places that bring your energy to the ground – deep, sad and dark. We once visited the Killing Fields and it let me know a whole list of places I will not be able to go to ever in this lifetime. But the Camino Santiago wakens hope, dreaming and notions of things that are bigger and more possible than we can see in our imagination. I am looking forward to it.
I wonder how much the Ibuprofen will weigh?