Well, not quite yet, but on 4th March 2018 I fly out to San Sebastian, then travel to St Jean Pied de Port via Bayonne in readiness for my Camino de Santiago walk of approx 520 miles, starting from St Jean and finishing at Santiago de Compostela, (maybe adding on a little extension at the end), stopping overnight at alberques, refuges and hostels along the way. So an early start from St Jean on March 6th will see me actually start the walk. Finishing date is sometime in the future, ‘to be determined’ as they say, but I expect it to take 5 to 6 weeks.
I’ve read FAR too much about the chances of encountering bed bugs en-route so I’m carrying a set of ‘bed bug sheets and pillowcases’ along with a large 70 litre dry bag to keep my rucksack in overnight, plus everything I own has been sprayed with Permethrin. These extras probably explain why the weight of my rucksack is approx 9kg. That’s 1.5kg more than I would like it to be but I just can’t get it down any further. Somebody suggested cutting the toothbrush handle in half, however, I can now no longer get the batteries to stay in so I’ve had to revert to a manual. Thanks for that suggestion Dave 😑.
I will attempt to update the blog each day but this is going to be rather dependent on circumstances, ie, energy levels (of equipment and me), wi-fi situation and enthusiasm.
When you access the blog via derekscaminowalk.wordpress.com you can’t help but notice the adverts within the blog (a penalty of using WordPress’ free blog facility I’m afraid). If you choose to follow the blog by clicking on the little ‘follow’ button that appears in the bottom right hand corner, this will mean you get an email each time I update the blog and if you then connect via the link in the email, the adverts at least move down to the bottom of the page and are far less intrusive.
I’ve looked around and there are dozens of Camino blogs out there that are far better than mine will ever be, however, I feel that mine will possibly bring a new depth of shallowness to the genre. Please feel free to point anybody in the direction of derekscaminowalk.wordpress.com if they make the mistake of showing an interest.
Any comments are welcome and I can guarantee I will read them but I can’t guarantee that I will be able to reply to every one. Please don’t feel ignored, it’s purely down to time and battery power.
I ought to mention that this is by no means a sponsored walk, been there, done that, etc, etc, however, if by some strange quirk of fate you should find yourself enjoying this blog then please feel free to click on the following link and donate a little to our local hospice.
They do a fantastic job.