It’s only February and I have already pulled out my backpack, visited REI and started weighing the things that will go in my pack.
The big decision is not which sleeping bag or shoes to take—it’s which route to take. It would be fun to do a Camino Frances reprise starting in St. Jean, but I also have my sights on Kilimanjaro so perhaps a route with a lot of elevation gain would be helpful. That would be the Camino Primitivo. I’m weighing my options: walk with oodles of first-timers (fun) on the Frances, or join the very small number of pilgrims (mostly camino vets) on the Primitivo. I can walk that entire route in the two weeks I have available, or I can walk from St. Jean to Castrojeriz–a glorious stretch of camino.
It’s not a decision that needs to by made right away. If any of you want to walk with me, let me know. I’m sure I can be swayed to take either route. In the meantime, I’ll continue to train and enjoy my camino dreams.
Here are a few interesting statistics on camino routes pilgrims have taken in past years. Source: American Pilgrims on the Camino.