Instead of doing that, I moved the whole family to Spain in September 2015 and the Camino got put on hold as we figured out the logistics of doing it while the girls and I were in school full time and well, the girls. When I received my second semester classes, I realized that I would have six weeks off between classes and it coincided with Mom and Justin's visit to Spain. My mom is a hiker. Like one of those crazy hikers who disappear up into the mountains for a few weeks and you don't know if she's alive, lying at the bottom of a ravine with a broken leg, or anything. She wasn't my worry, well just a little but Kara and I bought a travel insurance policy so if she breaks a hip on the Camino, we've got her bills covered. We got travel insurance for Justin too, just in case he gets a little crazy out there and does who knows what. I probably shouldn't have said that. If karma or fate has any sense of humor, I hope that they aren't going to take that as a challenge.
Since we have the kids in tow and limited time, we decided to do the final 110km into Santiago de Compostela starting in Sarria, Lugo. That will qualify everyone to receive the Compostela certificate at the end of the journey. Providing that everyone is still in good health and good spirits, we are going to continue on and walk all the way to the Atlantic Ocean in Finisterre and maybe up to Muxia. We won't know for sure until we reach Santiago. Tomorrow begins our journey as we take a bus from Salamanca to Zamora and then board a train to Sarria where we will rest up and start out bright and early Tuesday morning.
The general rule of thumb for long distance hikes is that you shouldn't carry more than 10% of your body weight. We will be sleeping in albergues (pilgrim hostels) every night and eating in bars and restaurants. The weather will be fairly chilly in the mornings and rain is forecasted for half the journey so our packing list is varied. In order to not carry multiples, Mom and I are going to share the same pair of shower shoes, Erika, Justin, and Mia are going to use the same pair of Crocs for the shower, my family will use the same tube of toothpaste, and I'm carrying Jose's Kindle HD loaded with movies to occupy the kids at night before they pass out in exhaustion. Everyone has their own cell phone and charger to take pictures with during the day and hopefully write a short blog note in the evenings.
|I weigh 176.4 lbs so my pack is over weight at 21.6 lbs...|
|Jose weighs 181 lbs so his pack is right on target at 18 lbs|
|Erika weighs 83.2 lbs so her pack is slightly over weight for her|
|Mia weighs 86.4 lbs so her pack is right on target|
|Justin weighs 48 lbs so his pack is almost 15% of his body weight|
|Mom weighs 119 lbs so her pack is way too heavy for her weight but she's stubborn|
So that's it...the kids are tucked into bed, the backpacks are neatly lined up in the living room, the leftover apple crisp is sitting on the counter ready to be heated up for breakfast, and the adventure begins in less than 12 hours, eeks!