Less than two months to go, and we are well into our training, trying to strengthen our legs and trim down our waistlines so we'll feel strong and able when we're out on the trail. We're walking at least six miles a day whenever we can, and carrying loaded backpacks. The photo below, from a couple of weeks ago, was made at San Felasco Hammock State Preserve. We are fortunate indeed to have great places to walk, near Gainesville, Cedar Key of course, and the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.
On Thursday, March 12, we were up at 3:30AM, left our house at 4:00, and flew out of Gainesville at the ungodly hour of 5:20. We were in Charlotte before 6:30 and in San Francisco before 10:00AM. How different is that from walking the Camino!
It reminded us that time is relative. In 2011, when we stayed at the lovely Tio Pepe pension in Mazarife, just west of Leon, I failed to pack up the bag with medicines when it was time to leave in the morning. We walked all day. The next morning . . . no meds. Drat. We took a taxi back to Mazarife, retrieved the bag, and taxied back to our starting point. The whole misadventure cost us less than 2 hours . . . two hours roundtrip for the entire previous day's walk. Ah . . . walking is great.
The local chapter of the Florida Trail Association holds "Thursday Hikes With Dot." They are an excellent opportunity for us to get in some longer training walks in preparation for this year's Camino trek. Recently, we hiked in San Felasco Hammock and went off trail. The first rest was on a log. Later we rested on the karst rocks below Big Otter Ravine.
We have also been hiking at the Devil's Millhopper, at Paynes Prairie Sate Park, and at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.
Reading from the Beginning to the End
If you'd prefer to read about our Camino trips from their beginning points to our return, rather than blog-style . . . from the most recent post backwards in time . . . go to the section labeled Our Caminos.
Peg and Russ Hall
- Second Wind
- Why Walk It?
- Step 1. Planning Your Camino -- What kind, Where, When, How far, Alone, Getting there . . .
- Step 2. Getting Ready -- Training, Packing, Gear, Clothes, Electronics, Passports, TSA . . .
- Step 3. Being There -- Money, Lodgings, Food, Language . . .
- Step 4. Adapting -- Guidebooks, Websites, Trail conditions, Schedule, Water, Weather, Pain, Hazards, Phones . . .
- Step 5. Being a Pilgrim and a Tourist -- Types of pilgrimmage, Roman roads, Medieval life, Wonders . . .
- Step 6. Living the Lessons of the Camino -- Once or again, Connecting at home, Being hospitaleros . . .
- Who Are We?
- All of Our Caminos