Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tuesday. August 17th - Ready to Go!!

I am ready to go!  Not "ready" as in "strong enough to do the walk" or "packed & prepared", but "ready" as in "get me out of this heat!".  I don't know what I was thinking when I told people that my plan was that, by August, I would be walking 8 to 10 miles regularly with my backpack!!  According to weather.com, its a cool 97 degrees (down from an earlier 102) but feels like 100 and its after 7pm.  Last night I had a nearly euphoric walk in the rain for 2 &1/2 hours, but tonight I simply cannot do it.  The one thing I have definitely learned in the process of getting prepared for this 200 mile walk is that (like all home projects), its a bigger and more time-consuming undertaking than it originally appeared.  The good news is that I am reasonably confident that I will not need to be airlifted out by helicopter (which might have occurred had I not taken this as seriously as I have done), but I am not sure about my readiness to walk 20 kms day after day.  Amongst the other things I have learned while preparing for this walk across Spain are the following: (1) blisters are inevitable: that's why they make bandaids! (2) Texas in August is not the ideal time to train for long-distance walking (duh!!) (3) the most important pieces of equipment are good shoes (definitely worth having spent the money to buy my THIRD pair to finally get it right) and a fully loaded iPod; (4) that I live just on the edge of quite the upscale neighborhood which I had never seen due to the incline of the streets; (5) peanut butter & jelly and mixed berry & yogurt smoothies are nearly perfect foods; (6) there is no such thing as being fully prepared--that I just need to accept that the unexpected will happen; (7) sex and food are great, but few things compare to the pure joy of soaking your feet after a long, hot walk up & down hills; and (8) walking in the rain at sunset is about as good as it gets.

I am anxiously awaiting my arrival in Madrid and onto Astorga, hoping that I am "ready enough".

1 comment:

  1. Of all the things you learned, I think I agree most with 3, 5, and 7. I feel most surprised that you didn't know 4, and I will say that 8 is pretty much right on the cusp of perfect.