I can’t believe the calendar; the day is finally upon me. Today is my last day at home before I make the trek across the Atlantic to arrive in Portugal for my third Camino de Santiago.
I’ve packed, unpacked and repacked my belongings more times than I can count. Do I have all the necessary items? Am I taking along too much? Or is it too little?
One would think I would know the drill by now, but alas this Camino is different. It is guided by my friend Bill Bennett and his wife Jennifer. Hotel reservations have all been arranged as well as our dinners. And wonderfully, there is a support van that will carry our packs from one location to the next.
I will be walking this Camino without a backpack on my back. I may use my daypack if the weather looks as though I might be rained upon (it will contain my rain gear). But for the most part I plan on using the waist pack with a bottle holster for my supply of water.
I see absolutely no need to punish myself by carrying all my belongings on my back. I will be returning to Spain in August to walk yet another Camino, the Camino Inglés. For my Camino in August, I will be the proper Pilgrim and will carry my full backpack, unless, of course, I can arrange for baggage transport with Jacotrans. :-)
But now the problem, or rather something that has perplexed me for the last week or two. I live in the desert southwest and have become accustomed to temperatures (even in the winter) of 70+ degrees Fahrenheit. The temperatures in Portugal and Galicia, Spain, where this Camino will take me, are averaging in the 50 to mid 60 degree Fahrenheit range for the month of April.
At those temperatures, will I need warmer clothing than I had originally planned? I think so. So I have now added long running tights, long sleeve tee shirts and a down vest to the pack while still keeping the Capri length tights and short sleeve tee shirts initially packed.
I only have a few more hours to fiddle with the items I will be carrying along with me; guess I had better get to it!
Buen Camino – next post from Portugal!!!