I’ve been wanting to add sections on reflecting about the Camino experience, I never seem to be able to catch up. Thomas Handler our friend from Germany wants to know about feet & bones etc.
When I was at home I tried to imagine what it would be like to get up every morning and walking. I couldn’t. In the beginning here every day was new & challenging. One morning I remember thinking yikes we are really going to have to do this every day for the next month and a half! The reality had finally set in. But then we began to settle into a pattern. And a funny thing happened. Yesterday we took the bus for the first time as thunderstorms were predicted & we didn’t want to risk walking in open fields, remembering the tormentas the night before. And to our surprise both of us missed walking! And it was really good to be walking again today. We did about 5 miles and at a good clip, although the were mostly level miles.
Regarding out feet–Thanks to St. James, REI (our local gear strore) for good boots and socks, far we are not having any foot problems (knock on wood). We have been on the road for 20 days. No blisters, although we’ve seen lots of people with b ad blisters, pulled ligaments, tendinitis. They are always people who do a lot more miles a day than we do.
The other thanks goes to John, Randy ‘ s friend who told us about Arnica cream or gel, from his experience doing the Camino. We rub it on our feet after we get in to the albergue & shower. I rub it on my feet again every morning before I start and also use it on the ankle I sprained before I left. I also put a small piece of mole skin on each of my baby toes to prevent blisters there. I learned back in the Scouting days to stop as soon as you feel a hot spot and put some mole skin on it. I wish I had brought more of it as you can’t find it here. People use Compeed if you have a blister.
That’s not to say that your feet don’t hurt, especially on the balls of your feet, but that’s where the Arnica is so good.
So that’s the foot report!
Brian says by now we’ve finished our Camino training.