Our week in the Cantal was a good opportunity to test my kit, and it has resulted in some changes to my pack. I hope I’ve made the right choices as time is fast running out and come what may, these items are coming with me.
Finding the right footwear has been a frustrating process. I don’t have access to the shoes that I’d like to try, so I can only go the mail order route. Once purchased, it’s all but impossible to really know how they feel on a hike… Without going on a hike… And once you’ve taken the shoes on a hike… They can’t be returned.
This is my third camino and you would think that I had my pack and it’s contents sorted by now. Sadly experience just seems to bring more choice and more confusion and as a result I have made a number of adjustments to my pack this year.
France is a nation of walkers so it it should be easy to buy equipment… but it’s not. I’m tall for a girl (176cm) and I have a size 41/42 foot which is very wide (3E). I find that shoes for women stop at 41 so I buy most of my shoes online. Wide fitting is also not a normal option so for walking shoes I have no choice than to buy online; and I generally buy men’s. It’s an expensive and frustrating process!
If I want long length trousers then I also need to buy online although tops and t-shirts are easily and cheaply available. I love my adopted home; France is a beautiful, fabulous place to live but shopping for the camino isn’t so easy (or should I say I haven’t found it easy).
Anyway, here’s what I think I’m taking to Spain… it all weights 7.7kg
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!