I have a plan! Nothing is ever fixed but it’s a plan… and I’m liking it!
I follow Magwoods fabulous walking blog… she’s a great inspiration for anyone wanting to go on a long walk! I followed her adventures this year and she introduced me to the Camino Madrid and the Camino San Salvador.
Ok so not so much a walk in the park… more ‘A walk in the countryside‘ but that doesn’t sound quite so catchy for my title.
A few weeks ago I went awandering with my camino buddies on the Camino Vezeley. We’d planned to meet and go walking once a month… the plan was to also keep walking inbetween these monthly trips… the other two have done this, but sady I have to hold my hand up and say that I didn’t!
It’s high summer in south west France and I have so many wedding and party gigs that I find I’m either too exhausted, too hot, too busy or on my way out to the next gig… all of which is just an excuse of course! I’ve not done any walking and that’s the bottom line… and the Baztan camino is fast approaching so I will have to change this pretty soon.
We met in the car park by the church in Douzillac and headed off up the road where our map told us we would join the camino. 30 minutes later we were indeed following arrows and chatting and talking about our time on the Frances and where we would go next. The arrows seem to point in the wrong direction but we followed them nonetheless and eventually entered a village. As we tried to find our bearings mentally, Jaqui called out “ladies… we’re back where we started” and sure enough at the top of the hill was the church car park.
In a few weeks time I’ll be heading back down to St Jean Pied de Port for the third time for ten fabulous days on the Camino Frances. Last year a friend here in France suggested that maybe we do a taster week together… and another friend will also be joining us. We started with a week… but our week has grown along with out excitement and we think now we can manage 10 or 11 days walking.
I should be fitter than I am, but the truth is that life gets in the way and I’ve not really done much walking since the Via.
I should by now know what gear I like, want and need, the truth is that I’m still struggling to decide what to take!
Well, that’s what Dorothy said as she clicked those ruby slippers together. I’m kind of with her in that home is where the heart is, and where family, friends, pets and all things familiar.. but I do sometimes wish that home was just a little further south west than it actually is.
I’m feeling blue and for the first time since I decided to make this crazy walk I’m doubting myself. My feet hurt, the walks were hard and I suddenly feel woefully unprepared. Continue reading
We’ve gone away for a week. I wanted a chance to walk every day for 5-6 days… test my gear, my feet, my stamina… break the 20km mark… just prepare. So, we drove down to the Tarn department with no fixed plan and found a little campsite for the camper just outside of Albi.
There are just 9 weeks to go before I start my walk… just 9 weeks left to train… to get fit. When I started this I thought I had ages, I thought I would be running up hills at this stage and yet here we are with 9 weeks to go and I still feel so unnprepared.
So today we went shopping in Bordeaux… for boots bag and socks!
Most people, when I tell them about my walk, have two reactions.
2) Are you mad? Continue reading