May 5, 2014
Gathering the equipment for the pilgrimage takes a long time. One would think that by keeping the backpack around 12 lbs would be easy to do. But it isn’t.
I am now on first- name bases with all the employees at the REI. They have seen me come in almost every week. Abby ( my daughter) and I agonize over the backpacks. We have tried them all on. I still am happy with my Osprey 65 Ariel pack, which is twice the size that people recommend who walk the Camino. But it is the only one that fits. The hip belt wraps me just right. The shoulder straps are padded and comfortable. Even at 4 lbs with nothing in it, I like it. Plus, to be honest, the other packs just don’t fit someone of my girth.
Then the other important topic is what type of shoes/ boots to wear. Trust me, I have read lots on the topic, have heard lots of opinions and have tried out lots of footwear. Finally, we selected New Balance Trail Runners. Leadville 1210 to be exact. I also have bought the New Balance Motion Control inserts. I am bringing along Keen Newport H2 sandals. They are great for hiking as well as for use in the shower.
And then there is the subject of socks. My goodness, who knew there was so much written about socks! I went on- line to save some money to purchase toe liners, compression sleeves and Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion Medium Merino wool socks. I made sure to select the most wildest colors.
I am going to be a sight on the road. Nothing really matches color wise. I have been buying clothes based on price of item at sales and at the thrift store.
I will post about clothes later on and include a picture of my outfit.
In the meantime, I have been focused on breaking in my footwear and toughening up my feet. Can’t go cheap on footwear or your backpack. The two most significant items needed on the pilgrimage.