Back in April, I mentioned wanting to walk the Camino de Santiago across Spain. So I calmly sat myself down a few nights ago, checked the bus schedules, bought my tickets, and…
I leave tonight!
I’m antsy, excited, nervous, and all sorts of happy. Today I’ve spent most of my time packing, reading through forums, and looking at maps. The guidebook I’ll save for the 13 hour bus ride north.
Items for the Camino:
1 straw hat, 1 cotton cap. 1 pair sunglasses.
2 pairs socks. 3 pairs underwear. 2 sports bras.
jeans cotton-spandex pants. (Much lighter and easier to wash than the jeans).
1 pair lightweight capris, 1 pair shorts.
2 cotton long-sleeves, 1 t-shirt, 1 sleeveless.
1 lightweight polyester-fleece jacket.
1 poncho (in case of rain – likely in the region of Galicia).
1 microfiber towel.
2-3 liters of water.
1 pair hiking boots.
1 pair flip flops.
Foot care (band-aids, ointments).
Point-and-shoot camera, cell phone, Kindle, and respective chargers.
Notebook and pen.
A small flashlight.
Basic toiletries (mostly travel-sized), small tube of sunscreen, and EARPLUGS!
I’ll already be wearing some of the clothing on the list when I leave, so I’ve put those items aside and have rolled everything else up to fit in my backpack.
Total weight (water bottle included): 7 kg (less than 16 lbs).
As for the route, I’ll no longer be starting in Roncesvalles. Instead, I’ll begin in Astorga, a town west of León, and will walk the 272 km (170 miles) to Santiago from there. It’ll be a 10-14 day hike depending on whether I decide to continue on to Finisterre (the “Land’s End”) after I’ve reached Santiago.
Here are a few good sites if you’d like to know more about the Camino de Santiago:
http://elcaminodesantiago.tumblr.com/ (beautiful photos)
http://followthecamino.com/community/ (great guide)
http://www.caminodesantiago.me/ (great forums)
http://caminodesantiago.consumer.es/los-caminos-de-santiago/frances/ (in Spanish)