Our final preparations are in full swing. We are maintaining our morning walking schedule and wearing our backpacks most days. We notified the bank and credit cards of travel plans.
In Cedar Key we closed up the house and put the garden to bed for a month.
(I am finding the Weebly app very hard to use on my phone and will try to find an easier program because I know this will take too long on the trail.)
We ordered an international travel plan for our phones. Silly expensive at $70 per phone for a month, but that was the best Verizon had to offer us. It gives us each 100 minutes of voice, 100 incoming texts, unlimited outgoing texts, and .5Gb of data.
Our packing lists are almost complete. We are weighing every item on a kitchen scale and making choices with weight as a primary factor.
Russ is spraying our backpacks, sleeping bags, and a few other items with Permethrin to discourage bedbugs. Our entomologist neighbor told us it does not kill them, but makes their little feet burn so they go away. We are hoping that it is not needed!
I tried to buy bus tickets today to go from the Madrid airport to Pamplona. The bus is almost full and we would each have to ride with a stranger for the 5 hour trip. Hmmm, probably that is the spirit of the Camino, but I’ll try the train first before I go for it :) Onward!
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