Thursday, December 01, 2005

books and training and planning

Books Im Reading:
Cole & Davis "Walking The Camino" Guide Book - seems to have great detail on the route. Not sure if it will be current enough for help with accommodation but will take it with me and pass on if it gets too heavy to carry. Would be nice to be able to have some history and facts on the places I walk past/through

Jack Hitt, "Off The Road" - a lighthearted look at one man's journey. Parts of it made me a little uncomfortable...... there was a fair bit of cynicism and one upmanship amongst the group he walked with and I hope I dont experience too much of that. I think Im hoping for more positive relationships.

"Pray for me in Santiago" - one couple's journey. Have put it down for a bit and will come back to it.

Confraternity of St James Guide Book for Camino Frances and Finesterre. The ones I am taking with me on the walk as they are updated annually and have all the distances and alburgues listed.

My Fitness Levels Now:

Pretty poor actually. I can walk for a few hours without any trouble but not sure how I will go with 6-7 hours a day. I have done a 2-3 hour walk every weekend lately plus netball on Tues nights and walking to work. Now that I have moved back to Kirrawee I cant do that walk anymore so need to find a new way to sneak more excercise into my week.

To get my thighs and knees a better chance I want to do some weight work and presses etc. I need to get that started so its not all talk. Its time like this I wish i was more committed to long term schedules.

This is what amazes me about my decision to do this walk...... I have always dealt with the fact that I am more of a sprinter than a stayer..... meaning that I can get jobs done well if its quick but I tend to loose interest if I need to stay motivated over a longer period of time. THis applies to hobbies, bike rides, kayaking, weight loss, jobs etc. Now I commit myself to a walk that will take at least 30 days to complete and I can't think of any other activity that is so solitary, repetitious and requiring commitment.

Maybe its time for me to learn. Its strange, but there is no doubt at my ability to complete the journey and considering that this is based on no precedent its a pretty big thing to believe in.


I am trying really hard to not have any expectations of this trip. really hard. I feel like im at a giant round about and there are dozens of exits and I could do down any of these roads. Some road point backwards and don't represent new challenges, other veer off in directions that I have never been before and I didnt even realise that that road existed.

I read a great passage in a Richard Bach book that descibed our future as a road map. All of the possible road and alternative routes already exist, like all the roads in the world are already there, but you don't experience that road until you actually travel down it - then it becomes part of your experience. I really liked his imagery. It halped to think of these roads as opportunities rather than "right" and "wrong" choices.

I am definately at a point where i can make some amazing discoveries and I am really excited about that.... even if they are all internal discoveries.

The most common prediction is that Ill come back with a spaniard and that will make everyhing great but i really dont have that expectation. Prob the one I cant let go of easily is my desire to realize what purpose the next part of my life will have.... will i work for money or work for others, or will i find a way to do both? will i use different skills to the ones ive used in the past or rediscover a past career direction? can i find a talent in me that i can turn into a business - something ive always wanted to do? Will I meet people who will inspire me to try new things and take some risks with my life?

Im happy to hold on to those thoughts as long as I dont feel disappointed if i come home as clueless as i am now.

the other advantage of being able to stay in spain after the walk is that i will have some space and time to digest what i have seen and experienced. i suspect it could be a journey that stirs things up a bit and that is a great incentive. The main reason for deciding to do this trip now is that i am bored with life as it is. When people ask me what ive been up to i draw a blank.... there is nothing interesting to share because even i am bored with it - why would i bore someone else with the finer details???

OK, the planning is coming along. The travel insurance is purchased, i have a short list for the flights, after my birthday tomorrow I am allowed to shop for the gear that i still need. ive picked out the books, jacket, pants and socks that i want. Its all pretty pricey but at leats its all light weight, quick drying stuff that will be easier to carry.

The pack is bought and I love it. I doubt i will feel the same after carrying it for so long but its also v light which will help. My hat, sleeping bag and some clothes have already started milling around in the wardrobe in nervous anticipation. When the rest of their travel buddies have been bought we can all start going on walks together to see that they all get along and that they dont cause me any trouble.

THe camera investigations are coming along - I have my heart set on a pricey model and think i need to reassess my needs and budget. i might be able to save a little duty free as well.

ok, thats all for now - will upadte when i have some more bits finalised :-)