Camino 26 days to go: Camino is ON… Again

Today is 20 days to go before I depart towards Europe, with the main purpose to walk the Camino de Santiago.

I will be walking from St Jean Pied de Port in southern France just north of the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in north western Spain. This is known as Camino Frances. Sort of like yesteryear’s pilgrims.

Camino Frances is a 785km walk according to my guidebook, but 775km according to the Pilgrim Office in Spain.

Although today I have caught a cold and therefore I have decided to have a Camino planning free day.

I suspect that I may have overextended my planning and preparation. I suppose that would be normal for anybody doing something like this for the first time.

So, today is a Camino preparation free day. Except that I set up the original blog and played with the format. Doing it all comfortably sleuthing in bed.

A bit of recap here…

  • I was planning to walk Camino Frances, the most popular of the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela
  • I was originally going to leave for Europe on the 23rd of August, in 3 days’ time.
  • I had a bicycle accident 30 April where I broke my right ulna right through. The now loose ulna moved some 2 cm away from the elbow
  • The rehab after the operation took a very long time were I felt that I did very little progress.

So in the beginning of July I cancelled everything. I could just not give myself a fighting chance of completing the Camino. Only to then improve very quickly.

So I rebooked everything again. With a scheduled departure date 2 1/2 weeks later from the original date.

So now I am in training. The arm is still not brilliant and I will have the 3 sets of wires taken out once I return from this trip. But it definitely feels good enough. I just have to be a little bit careful.

I have the gear that I need for the walk bar a few minor alterations. I walked 16km yesterday with a full pack and all good apart from the cold.

I finish off with a few pictures of how I used to look 3 1/2 months ago.

This is how the arm looked on the day of the accident… WARNING: SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND THESE PICTURES UPSETTING

Arm 1

 

Arm 2

After a week and a bit..

Arm 3

And this is how I looked around 2 weeks after the surgery:

Arm 4

 

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