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Getting Old.

tillyjones

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances June 2015
VDLP May 2017
del Norte Sept 2018
#1
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2015) Camino Frances/Muxia/Fisterre (2017) Caminho Portuguese/Fisterre
(2019) Camino del Norte
#3
Well, I've long been a full time glasses wearer, and even as I packed an extra pair in case one was lost and I needed to see, my pack was not too heavy.

Having been to that transition point and hence through it, I know how shocking it can be. The thing that's not the pits is that I am so ok with my age. I mean, what's the alternative, if I want to be happy?

PS. I'm going next year, at 64, walking the Norte. I'm taking a skirt. ;-)
 
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017
#4
I wear bifocal contact lenses.

I was using reading glasses, but then I was cleaning out a hole in a Belgian horse's humongous hoof and my glasses fell off onto the ground, and I had to kick them out of the way into a manure pile or the horse would step on them, This, all the while I was maintaining my balance with a 2 ton horse trying to get her leg free from my grasp and put her foot down.

I figured it was time not to have deal with reading glasses. :)

But I look old anyway. ;)
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, May-June (2017)
Ingles-Finisterre (2018)
#6
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
Welcome to the not so exclusive club. I wore these all the way to the End of the World.

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Glenshiro

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy - Burgos, Camino Frances (2012 - 2018)
#7
Well, I'm also a certain age (65 in my case) - my hair is now almost uniformly grey/silver and my struggle against anorexia has been, if anything, too successful. I would not inflict my bare legs on an unsuspecting public.

I have worn contacts for 30 years but need reading glasses to read a map or guide book - so I carry a pair in my shirt pocket. Lots of people on the Camino wear glasses, so you won't stand out. There are worse aspects to aging - but also many good points, the main one being that you no longer give a s**t what anyone thinks of you!

And, if I may say so, judging from your photo, you have a long way to go before you could be considered "getting old!"
 

JRO

Member
Camino(s) past & future
santiago to muxia
#10
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
Hey, have you thought about a pair of sunglasses that has a bifocal....that is, plain old sunglass tint in the top for viewing distance, and then a line fairly low in each lenses, below which is a reading ("old lady" lens )also known as a "plus lens") ? These are available without a prescription - you can order them through many retailers.....Sierra Trading Post, REI, etc.....as long as you know what strength of help you need in the lower lens (just choose whatever you are wearing in your reading glasses, which are probably a single power (the entire lens is the reading power). I had cataract surgery, but still occasionally want a bit of help with labels, newspapers, etc. This way, you just wear the glasses as you would sunglasses, but then have your reading lens on as well. In a pinch, especially if NOT wanting to carry a regular clear set of reading glasses, you can manage to read a menu inside, for instance. If you really need your readers for reading, say, a book or Kindle inside, then you will want clear lenses. If you want to spend more, you could also have a pair made with a bifocal, AND a lens coating called a Transitions lens, that would automatically darken out in the sun. Those you'd have to get made by an optical department, but it's not difficult. That would be the ultimate in a multitasking pair of glasses. Isn't this age fun?????ugh
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#11
I wear my homemade merino wool hiking dresses, which are knee length, because something is going on above the knees that I don't like. :eek:
And I've noticed that every year they make the print on packaging much smaller, forcing me to buy stronger reading glasses, and causing me to have an almost permanent dent on the bridge of my nose.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#12
I feel your pain.... :) Even with wearing a pack, I keep a pair of reading glasses on a cord dangling from my neck.
I keep a pair of readers in my trusty fannypack within quick reach. I will bring a guidebook on the Le Puy and it has teeny, weeny print.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#13
This thread reminds me of an email "warning" I read a while ago:

"Most of you have read the scare-mail about the person whose kidneys were
stolen while he was passed out. Well, read on. While it was an "urban
legend," this one is not. It's happening every day.
My thighs were stolen from me during the night of August 3rd a few
years ago. It was just that quick. I went to sleep in my body and woke
up with someone else's thighs. The new ones had the texture of cooked
oatmeal. Who would have done such a cruel thing to legs that had been
wholly, if imperfectly, mine for years. Whose thighs were these? What
happened to mine?
I spent the entire summer looking for them. I searched, in vain, at
pools and beaches, anywhere I might find female limbs exposed. I became
obsessed. I had nightmares filled with cellulite and flesh that turns to
bumps in the night. Finally, hurt and angry, I resigned myself to living
out my life in jeans and Sheer Energy pantyhose.
Then, just when my guard was down, the thieves struck again. My butt
was next. I knew it was the same gang because they took pains to match
my new rear end (although badly attached at least three inches lower
than the original) to the thighs they had stuck me with earlier. Now my
rear complimented my legs, lump for lump. Frantic, I prayed that long
skirts would stay in fashion.
It was 2 years ago when I realized my arms had been switched. One
morning while fixing my hair, I watched, horrified but fascinated, as
the flesh of my upper arms swung to and for with the motion of the
hairbrush. This was really getting scary. My body was being replaced,
cleverly and fiendishly, one section at a time.
Age? Age had nothing to do with it. Age was supposed to creep up,
unnoticed something like maturity.
NO, I was being attacked, repeatedly and without warning.
In the end, in deepening despair, I gave up my T-shirts. What could
they do to me next? My eyes began to remind people that they needed a
new pair of Hush Puppies. My poor neck disappeared more quickly than the
Thanksgiving turkey it now reminded me of.
That's why I've decided to tell my story; I can't take on the medical
profession by myself. Women of America, wake up and smell the coffee!
That isn't really "plastic" those surgeons are using.
You know where they're getting those replacement parts, don't you? The
next time you suspect someone has had a face "lifted," look again! Was
it lifted from you?
Are those your eyelids on that movie star? I think I finally may have
found my thighs...and I hope that Cindy Crawford paid a really good
price for them!
This is happening to women in every town every night. Warn all your
friends.
P.S. I feel much better knowing this is happening, I thought I was just
getting old! I must say that last year I thought someone had stolen my
breasts. I was lying in bed and they were gone, as I sprang from my bed
I was relieved to see that they were just hiding in my pajama bottoms.
After reading this, I will keep them hidden in my waistband."
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: September 24 - October 31 (2015); February/March (2019)
#14
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
I suggest looking at Thinoptics keychain reading glasses. I've got them and plan to use them when I walk next Spring. Here is a link on Amazon: Thinoptics Keychain Reading Glasses
 

MeandIan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May2018
#18
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
I don’t mind the changing physical body as much as the declining eyesight. I have lost two prescription glasses that, when I’m walking, I now carry the $2 kind, and keep the other pair in my bag with an extra cheapie. I do ,however, love the seniors discount wherever it’s offered, as well as the seniors parking.
 

Mark Barnes

Old Engineer
Camino(s) past & future
Frances - September - November (2017)
#21
I remember on my first night getting into that lower bunk thinking what do I do with my glasses. Well I ended up hanging them by the strap on the coils of the bed above me. I did this every night from Pamplona to Santiago. One day I walked for about an hour before I realized I had left my glasses. I walked back and there they where hanging on the bed frame spring above where I had slept. May not have been the best place but it worked for me.
 

AZ Hiker

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2018)
#24
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
You’re not alone.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: September 24 - October 31 (2015); February/March (2019)
#25
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
My stock reply to the aging question is that I’m not participating in this aging thing. I figure if I keep acting like a kid some of that will rub off. A little denial never hurt anyone. ;-)
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
#27
Well, I'm also a certain age (65 in my case) - my hair is now almost uniformly grey/silver and my struggle against anorexia has been, if anything, too successful. I would not inflict my bare legs on an unsuspecting public.

I have worn contacts for 30 years but need reading glasses to read a map or guide book - so I carry a pair in my shirt pocket. Lots of people on the Camino wear glasses, so you won't stand out. There are worse aspects to aging - but also many good points, the main one being that you no longer give a s**t what anyone thinks of you!

And, if I may say so, judging from your photo, you have a long way to go before you could be considered "getting old!"
"My struggle against anorexia has been ... too successful."

LMAO.
 

Lurch

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
looking at 2018-2019
#29
Hey, Tilley...haven’t seen your posts for a while. When and where you goin’ Caminoing again?.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
Via de La Plata (spring, 2019)
#30
Every once in a while I notice something has changed. "Well," I say to myself, "so that's how it is now. I guess I can get used to that; I just won't look too closely or too often".
That's why God put your thighs in the back; so you wouldn't have to look at them.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF-Finisterra-Muxia 2017; SK Camino Kosiče-Levoča Oct 2017; El Norte March 2018; Ingles Nov 2018
#34
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
Hello from a fellow Canuck (Ottawa). You don’t look “old”, not sure of your actual age but when I turned 60 this year I realized that this was it, more years behind me than ahead and yes I’m not as strong or energetic as before BUT I am choosing to mature gracefully and live actively. I finished the Camino del Norte 1 month ago, walked alone in March (rained almost daily) and used my iPhone online map & guide book which I could magnify as needed. I carried my cheap readers in my waist pouch. Forget the “flabby this and that body part”.....OMG on the Camino you’ll see young ones in much worse shape than you wearing stretchy shorts you wouldn’t even wear at home alone . Buen camino and welcome to this journey called LIFE.....embrace it with all of you ❤️
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: St Jean Pied-de-Port to Santiago, on to Fisterra, Muxia and back to Santiago. (April-June 2016)
#36
Thanks for the smile, Tilly. I am grateful for the wonderful array of fashionable, but cheap, readers. I no longer need to bring out a pocket light to read micro printed menus in restaurants illuminated sublimely. You look great! Love the hair! But I tell ya, going bald is easier care than going grey. In the inimitable words of Dr. Seuss, “You’re only old once!” (Flip side is that I consider each birthday now as representing one more year of accumulated youth. ) Cheers!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#37
Maybe that's why God makes our eyes go bad, then.
My mother in law was a very pretty lady who wore glasses all the time. When we traveled with her she would remove them every time she looked in the mirror. When asked why she did that she replied "Just vanity, it's so I can't see the wrinkles, therefore I don't have them." :)
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: St Jean Pied-de-Port to Santiago, on to Fisterra, Muxia and back to Santiago. (April-June 2016)
#38
My mother in law was a very pretty lady whore glasses all the time. When traveling with her she would remove them every time she looked in the mirror. When asked why she did that she replied "Just vanity, it's so I can't see the wrinkles, therefore I don't have them." :)
Suggesting an edit before your spouse finds their readers...”who wore”. Let’s blame “auto suggest” combined with a too small font size....
 

tillyjones

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances June 2015
VDLP May 2017
del Norte Sept 2018
#40
My mother in law was a very pretty lady whore glasses all the time. When traveling with her she would remove them every time she looked in the mirror. When asked why she did that she replied "Just vanity, it's so I can't see the wrinkles, therefore I don't have them." :)
Oh dear. That's the best chuckle I've had on this thread yet.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2015) Frances
(2018) Portuguese
(2019) VdP Seville to Salamanca
(2020) VdP Salamanca to Santiago
#43
While walking the Camino a few years ago I was lamenting how slow I had to walk and that I sure could have walked better 20 years ago (I was 65 at the time).

I then caught up to a nice Italian couple who were walking their 3rd or 4th Camino. They were in their late 70s and their first comment was how nice it was to be alive, be able to walk, and just enjoy the day and the people you meet.

Kind of put age into perspective.

Keep walking!
 

SteveC

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino (2017)
#47
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
My daughter and I did our Camino last year from SJPP to Santiago. Walked the whole way with back packs. I was 72 and many people we met thought we wouldn't make it--but we did. I realized that I really wasn't that old when we met a pilgrim with back pack walking his Camino. He was 90. Daughter and I plan to do the Portuguese way next year all the way to Muxia for my 74th birthday. You are only as old as you think you are. Have fun.
 
Camino(s) past & future
I would like to do the Camino in the spring of 2015
#48
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
 

stgcph

Camino tortuga
Camino(s) past & future
CF (Aug/Sep 2017)
CF (Aug/Sep 2018)
#50
P.S. I feel much better knowing this is happening, I thought I was just
getting old! I must say that last year I thought someone had stolen my
breasts. I was lying in bed and they were gone, as I sprang from my bed
I was relieved to see that they were just hiding in my pajama bottoms.
After reading this, I will keep them hidden in my waistband.
Yes, know your anatomy!

Reminds me of this story about a woman, who wanted to commit suicide, and she searched the internet for a proper way to do it, and found out, that a gunshot under the left breast would be a guaranteed success.

Next day you could read in the local paper: “Elderly woman brought to hospital with gunshot wound in left knee.”
 
Camino(s) past & future
This upcoming May 31st through July 1st approximately.
#51
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
Hi Tilly
One of the “joys”/“perks” of getting older (lm almost 80) is having cataract surgeries . When I had mine done a couple of years ago my doctor fixed on eye for distance and the other for reading.
I’m not sure how your insurance works but for me in USA it didn’t cost anything.
We heading out to Pamplona on the 6th
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2015) Camino Frances/Muxia/Fisterre (2017) Caminho Portuguese/Fisterre
(2019) Camino del Norte
#52
P.S. I feel much better knowing this is happening, I thought I was just
getting old! I must say that last year I thought someone had stolen my
breasts. I was lying in bed and they were gone, as I sprang from my bed
I was relieved to see that they were just hiding in my pajama bottoms.
After reading this, I will keep them hidden in my waistband.
@trecile , OMG...This is too funny!!!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
St. Francis Route 2017
#53
This thread is enjoyable for its many interesting perspectives (literally and figuratively). Trecile, you hit all the right notes in your opus on what our bodies experience when we live long enough. Considering the alternative, I'll take crepey skin and I don't care who sees me in shorts and "T" shirt. I was 75 when I did the Camino Frances in 2017. On Mother's Day (May 7th), I overnighted in Castanares not far from Burgos. As for glasses, I purchased two pair of "el cheapo supremo" readers @$3.50 from Ace Hardware in my home town of Anacortes. They served the desired purpose of being able to read messages on my I-Phone. I lost one pair along the way; the other survived to Paris in a slightly modified, duct taped, version of the original. Keep on moving. Enjoy the journey. Listen to the Cuckoo. Buen Camino!
 

JamesVT

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
#56
What a great series of replies! Very funny and good hearted. Thanks to all. My first thought is to say that I think it makes sense to have a pair(s) of back up glasses with you, because being without corrective lenses on the Camino would be either irritating or a real problem. For my part, I buy readers from the dollar store or Walmart and these do the job well and I have them stashed everywhere around the house and in the car and carry multiples in my luggage. Anyway, regarding aging, I just had bilateral knee replacement surgery, which I underwent so that I can walk the Camino next year, in the spring. That's classic "aging" for you. But, really, glasses and joint replacements are things that are worth thinking about but secondary to getting out on the Camino and moving forward day by day, even if a bit slower than days before. Congratulations to all who replied so cheerfully and thanks!
 
#59
They never tell us our, "Best Before Date," or expiration either. I think we are supposed to learn to take it as it comes.

I started the Camino Frances a second time, just a week ago, feels like longer. I fell down a spiral staircase, not a grand palatial one but a steep one, in a hostel, on my way to the train to Bayonne on May 6. Now, after walking to Manereu, a town just after Puente de la Reina, I have to call it quits, again, for the same reason as last time, IT Band Syndrome. My best has been left out there and the gift the Camino has provided, personally, is my limitations, with this body. It does not depress me. Instead, i feel moved in new directions.

Staying in SdC overnight and will be home in two days.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#61
Members looking to spot this particular moderator on the trail by his avatar would do better to listen for a Tinker-ish hrumph. That hat didn't get to be as old as I am and the beard wanders about a lot. One comforting thought though - you are never as old as the camino you're on :)
Yes, I remember seeing that scruffy gentleman awhile back when he was sporting his new shell tattoo. ;)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Roncesvalles-SdC Apr-Jun 2015
Roncesvalles-Sarria Sep-Oct 2017
(2019: Planning to return!)
#62
They never tell us our, "Best Before Date," or expiration either. I think we are supposed to learn to take it as it comes.

I started the Camino Frances a second time, just a week ago, feels like longer. I fell down a spiral staircase, not a grand palatial one but a step one, in a hostel, on my way to the train to Bayonne on May 6. Now, after walking to Manereu, a town just after Puente de la Reina, I have to call it quits, again, for the same reason as last time, IT Band Syndrome. My best has been left out there and the gift the Camino has provided, personally, is my limitations, with this body. It does not depress me. Instead, i feel moved in new directions.

Staying in SdC overnight and will be home in two days.
Oh Michelle, I'm so very sorry to hear this happened to you again. Well done for walking as far as you did though! And of course for knowing when to call it. You have such a great attitude to all of this. Thinking of you.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Flights booked from Edinburgh for May 2018 planning walking from Sarria to Santiago
#63
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
Oh tillyjones, age is only a number, you have to appreciate the wisdom you have gained getting to this number, always remember that you were probably very glamorous at 18 years, the wrinkles you know have you have earned them. I’m 65 years young and when you get to that number you’ll look and appreciate the beauty of youth. As for spec, they are an accessory
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#64
Michelle, in spite of your good attitude in having to end your Camino much earlier than planned, I feel very disappointed for you and sad to hear this news! I hope you have a speedy recovery back home and I wish you well wherever your new direction takes you.
 

Geoff Shepherd

I’m the big fella on the left.
Camino(s) past & future
Sep/Oct/Nov 2018
#66
A great uplifting thread for my before breakfast read here in Oz. If only an extra pair of glasses was my only packing worry. I am shortsighted so will need an extra clear pair plus sunglasses - total 3 pairs. As I look forward to my first Camino in Sep this year - approaching 67 - I have a small and somewhat inconvenient legacy from a recent prostate op. @davebugg, you seem to be the Forum’s medical guru - will the Farmacias along The Way be able to provide? The first phrase of Spanish I have mastered is ‘Hola, vendes compresas de incontinencia masculinas por favor?’ No matter - I have waited too long already, so come what may I am doing the Camino - in shorts too !!!! Better make sure I get a lower bunk. If this is too much information - apologies. Cooee
 

natefaith

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria-Santiago (2009)
León-Ponferrada (2014)
Camino Inglés (2017)
#69
They never tell us our, "Best Before Date," or expiration either. I think we are supposed to learn to take it as it comes.

I started the Camino Frances a second time, just a week ago, feels like longer. I fell down a spiral staircase, not a grand palatial one but a step one, in a hostel, on my way to the train to Bayonne on May 6. Now, after walking to Manereu, a town just after Puente de la Reina, I have to call it quits, again, for the same reason as last time, IT Band Syndrome. My best has been left out there and the gift the Camino has provided, personally, is my limitations, with this body. It does not depress me. Instead, i feel moved in new directions.

Staying in SdC overnight and will be home in two days.
Oh Michelle, so sorry to hear! It must be so disappointing. Hope you can rest well and take it easy. If your flight isn't until later, please do drop into Pilgrim House tomorrow (can you walk?!) and hang out with Mariano, Bruce, and John.
Take care,
Faith
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#71
They never tell us our, "Best Before Date," or expiration either. I think we are supposed to learn to take it as it comes.

I started the Camino Frances a second time, just a week ago, feels like longer. I fell down a spiral staircase, not a grand palatial one but a step one, in a hostel, on my way to the train to Bayonne on May 6. Now, after walking to Manereu, a town just after Puente de la Reina, I have to call it quits, again, for the same reason as last time, IT Band Syndrome. My best has been left out there and the gift the Camino has provided, personally, is my limitations, with this body. It does not depress me. Instead, i feel moved in new directions.

Staying in SdC overnight and will be home in two days.
My heart hurts for you, Michelle; you were so excited about doing this Camino. I am happy to hear that this unexpected ending is only starting a new beginning for you. What a wonderful spirit you have. :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
May, 2017; return, leaving SJPP May 24, 2018
#72
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
If you want to wear shorts---wear them! Lighten up. This isn't a beauty contest. Last year, I wore shorts everyday but one---and I am 75. I start again in St. Jean next week, and I will wear shorts if the weather allows. Who cares? So nobody was admiring my legs---so what? They were comfortable. On the Camino, we are all family, aren't we?
 
Camino(s) past & future
May, 2017; return, leaving SJPP May 24, 2018
#73
This thread reminds me of an email "warning" I read a while ago:

Most of you have read the scare-mail about the person whose kidneys were
stolen while he was passed out. Well, read on. While it was an "urban
legend," this one is not. It's happening every day.
My thighs were stolen from me during the night of August 3rd a few
years ago. It was just that quick. I went to sleep in my body and woke
up with someone else's thighs. The new ones had the texture of cooked
oatmeal. Who would have done such a cruel thing to legs that had been
wholly, if imperfectly, mine for years. Whose thighs were these? What
happened to mine?
I spent the entire summer looking for them. I searched, in vain, at
pools and beaches, anywhere I might find female limbs exposed. I became
obsessed. I had nightmares filled with cellulite and flesh that turns to
bumps in the night. Finally, hurt and angry, I resigned myself to living
out my life in jeans and Sheer Energy pantyhose.
Then, just when my guard was down, the thieves struck again. My butt
was next. I knew it was the same gang because they took pains to match
my new rear end (although badly attached at least three inches lower
than the original) to the thighs they had stuck me with earlier. Now my
rear complimented my legs, lump for lump. Frantic, I prayed that long
skirts would stay in fashion.
It was 2 years ago when I realized my arms had been switched. One
morning while fixing my hair, I watched, horrified but fascinated, as
the flesh of my upper arms swung to and for with the motion of the
hairbrush. This was really getting scary. My body was being replaced,
cleverly and fiendishly, one section at a time.
Age? Age had nothing to do with it. Age was supposed to creep up,
unnoticed something like maturity.
NO, I was being attacked, repeatedly and without warning.
In the end, in deepening despair, I gave up my T-shirts. What could
they do to me next? My eyes began to remind people that they needed a
new pair of Hush Puppies. My poor neck disappeared more quickly than the
Thanksgiving turkey it now reminded me of.
That's why I've decided to tell my story; I can't take on the medical
profession by myself. Women of America, wake up and smell the coffee!
That isn't really "plastic" those surgeons are using.
You know where they're getting those replacement parts, don't you? The
next time you suspect someone has had a face "lifted," look again! Was
it lifted from you?
Are those your eyelids on that movie star? I think I finally may have
found my thighs...and I hope that Cindy Crawford paid a really good
price for them!
This is happening to women in every town every night. Warn all your
friends.
P.S. I feel much better knowing this is happening, I thought I was just
getting old! I must say that last year I thought someone had stolen my
breasts. I was lying in bed and they were gone, as I sprang from my bed
I was relieved to see that they were just hiding in my pajama bottoms.
After reading this, I will keep them hidden in my waistband.
Wow, you're good. Very funny! I think I had the best turkey neck on the Camino(or was that the worst?).
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#76
They never tell us our, "Best Before Date," or expiration either. I think we are supposed to learn to take it as it comes.

I started the Camino Frances a second time, just a week ago, feels like longer. I fell down a spiral staircase, not a grand palatial one but a step one, in a hostel, on my way to the train to Bayonne on May 6. Now, after walking to Manereu, a town just after Puente de la Reina, I have to call it quits, again, for the same reason as last time, IT Band Syndrome. My best has been left out there and the gift the Camino has provided, personally, is my limitations, with this body. It does not depress me. Instead, i feel moved in new directions.

Staying in SdC overnight and will be home in two days.
Michelle, I have just read your post, and see to my dismay what has happened to you. At least the signs are that there will be a case of ‘if at first you don’t succeed...’ Have a safe trip home. You might even be overhead as I write!
 

jesper K

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino frances 2013 - Camino Portugues 2014 - Camino frances 2016 -
camino frances 2018
#77
It's surprising when the age thing sneaks in on you. Two years ago and I had just arrived in foncebadon. So after completing my post-walking duties I sat down at a bench outside the monte irago albergue. Around the other bench was a group of twenty-something laughing and talking. I just needed some quiet. After a while more people arrived and started sitting around my bench area - most of them I already knew. At some point one older american 72 years said - ohh I got to have a picture of this. Meaning us men around the bench/table. He said: great picture of us older men on the camino that are just as good as the young people over there. I suddenly realised that apparently I was one of the older ones and I was only 45 years young. Wish I had that picture.
 
#78
Oh Michelle, so sorry to hear! It must be so disappointing. Hope you can rest well and take it easy. If your flight isn't until later, please do drop into Pilgrim House tomorrow (can you walk?!) and hang out with Mariano, Bruce, and John.
Take care,
Faith
Walking must now be reserved for getting home. I do appreciate the offer though. Leaving for airport in 20 minutes, fly to Dublin at 4 pm, will be in my own bed Wednesday night.
 

Traa

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
I want to walk Camino in Sept/Oct 2017
#79
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
Hi Tilly,
I have to say your post makes me quite sad! You seem to be very ageist against your poor self! I have a big problem with age and how people are labelled too old/young/past it etc!!!! I'm a 34 yr old lady,did the Camino last year. The variation in ages of the people doing it was fantastic,I met people in their 70s/80s that were giving me a fair run for my money!! Don't let a few digits determine what you do/wear etc Please!!! Life is short and there to be lived to the full.
I remember one of the Albergues I was staying in,I went to shower and when I returned to my bunk,a French lady who was the other side of 70,was lying on my bed in just her knickers and a t shirt. No,she wasn't trying to seduce me,my bed had a plug at the side of it that she was using to charge her phone!! I thought she was fantastic. I'd be so self concious in my underwear but she didnt care one single bit which i just loved. Certainly thought me a lesson about attitude 2 life(however did not encourage me to flash my undies). Have a fabulous Camino Tilly
 

tillyjones

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances June 2015
VDLP May 2017
del Norte Sept 2018
#80
Hi Tilly,
I have to say your post makes me quite sad! You seem to be very ageist against your poor self! I have a big problem with age and how people are labelled too old/young/past it etc!!!! I'm a 34 yr old lady,did the Camino last year. The variation in ages of the people doing it was fantastic,I met people in their 70s/80s that were giving me a fair run for my money!! Don't let a few digits determine what you do/wear etc Please!!! Life is short and there to be lived to the full.
I remember one of the Albergues I was staying in,I went to shower and when I returned to my bunk,a French lady who was the other side of 70,was lying on my bed in just her knickers and a t shirt. No,she wasn't trying to seduce me,my bed had a plug at the side of it that she was using to charge her phone!! I thought she was fantastic. I'd be so self concious in my underwear but she didnt care one single bit which i just loved. Certainly thought me a lesson about attitude 2 life(however did not encourage me to flash my undies). Have a fabulous Camino Tilly
It's more or less just a matter of mentally adjusting to the abrupt arrival of 'old age' and the changes it brings.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#81
Walking must now be reserved for getting home. I do appreciate the offer though. Leaving for airport in 20 minutes, fly to Dublin at 4 pm, will be in my own bed Wednesday night.
Safe flying. I will give a wave to the sky when I head out to a meeting later this evening...
 
Camino(s) past & future
The Camino Frances 2005
The Portugese Camino 2014
The Camino Ingles Easter 2015
The Camino Ingles April 2016
The Camino del Norte/The Primitivo 2016
#82
I'm 56 and I have noticed significant changes in my body, changes I do not like. But I'm so proud of my feet and my legs! My feet are the best! I can count on them to walk me anywhere as long as the shoes are sensible! And my legs - they do not look their best but they are strong and reliable. I would not want to change my legs for anything in the world. They got me to the top of Kilimanjaro, they climbed Ben Nevis after doing the WHW and then continued on to the GGW in Scotland- and did they complain? No, they just continued on, no pain. A bit tired and worn at the end but then, a three week hiking holiday in Scotland carrying all your gear for wildcamping is not for everybody.
I'm grateful for my feet and legs no matter how they look, no matter the degree of flabbering skin. When I end a long day of walking I'm thankful, I still can do it and one of my goals is to be running and walking/hiking when I'm 80 and still wearing short skirts.
Be proud and thankful for the body you have no matter what your age is!
 

always me

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese(2018)
#83
This thread reminds me of an email "warning" I read a while ago:

"Most of you have read the scare-mail about the person whose kidneys were
stolen while he was passed out. Well, read on. While it was an "urban
legend," this one is not. It's happening every day.
My thighs were stolen from me during the night of August 3rd a few
years ago. It was just that quick. I went to sleep in my body and woke
up with someone else's thighs. The new ones had the texture of cooked
oatmeal. Who would have done such a cruel thing to legs that had been
wholly, if imperfectly, mine for years. Whose thighs were these? What
happened to mine?
I spent the entire summer looking for them. I searched, in vain, at
pools and beaches, anywhere I might find female limbs exposed. I became
obsessed. I had nightmares filled with cellulite and flesh that turns to
bumps in the night. Finally, hurt and angry, I resigned myself to living
out my life in jeans and Sheer Energy pantyhose.
Then, just when my guard was down, the thieves struck again. My butt
was next. I knew it was the same gang because they took pains to match
my new rear end (although badly attached at least three inches lower
than the original) to the thighs they had stuck me with earlier. Now my
rear complimented my legs, lump for lump. Frantic, I prayed that long
skirts would stay in fashion.
It was 2 years ago when I realized my arms had been switched. One
morning while fixing my hair, I watched, horrified but fascinated, as
the flesh of my upper arms swung to and for with the motion of the
hairbrush. This was really getting scary. My body was being replaced,
cleverly and fiendishly, one section at a time.
Age? Age had nothing to do with it. Age was supposed to creep up,
unnoticed something like maturity.
NO, I was being attacked, repeatedly and without warning.
In the end, in deepening despair, I gave up my T-shirts. What could
they do to me next? My eyes began to remind people that they needed a
new pair of Hush Puppies. My poor neck disappeared more quickly than the
Thanksgiving turkey it now reminded me of.
That's why I've decided to tell my story; I can't take on the medical
profession by myself. Women of America, wake up and smell the coffee!
That isn't really "plastic" those surgeons are using.
You know where they're getting those replacement parts, don't you? The
next time you suspect someone has had a face "lifted," look again! Was
it lifted from you?
Are those your eyelids on that movie star? I think I finally may have
found my thighs...and I hope that Cindy Crawford paid a really good
price for them!
This is happening to women in every town every night. Warn all your
friends.
P.S. I feel much better knowing this is happening, I thought I was just
getting old! I must say that last year I thought someone had stolen my
breasts. I was lying in bed and they were gone, as I sprang from my bed
I was relieved to see that they were just hiding in my pajama bottoms.
After reading this, I will keep them hidden in my waistband."
Thank you
My body
 
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Camino(s) past & future
(2015) Camino Frances/Muxia/Fisterre (2017) Caminho Portuguese/Fisterre
(2019) Camino del Norte
#85
They never tell us our, "Best Before Date," or expiration either. I think we are supposed to learn to take it as it comes.

I started the Camino Frances a second time, just a week ago, feels like longer. I fell down a spiral staircase, not a grand palatial one but a step one, in a hostel, on my way to the train to Bayonne on May 6. Now, after walking to Manereu, a town just after Puente de la Reina, I have to call it quits, again, for the same reason as last time, IT Band Syndrome. My best has been left out there and the gift the Camino has provided, personally, is my limitations, with this body. It does not depress me. Instead, i feel moved in new directions.

Staying in SdC overnight and will be home in two days.
Oh, @MichelleElynHogan , so eloquently said, and such an uplifting response to what could have been construed a disaster.
 

LesR

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2017)
#86
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
I feel your pain (especially as a man of that certain age that no life nager had the trust of the bladder which insists in being emptied several times during the night) but then I think of the alternative to getting older...

And then I start walking again, while I can!
 
Camino(s) past & future
August to September 2016
#87
This thread is enjoyable for its many interesting perspectives (literally and figuratively). Trecile, you hit all the right notes in your opus on what our bodies experience when we live long enough. Considering the alternative, I'll take crepey skin and I don't care who sees me in shorts and "T" shirt. I was 75 when I did the Camino Frances in 2017. On Mother's Day (May 7th), I overnighted in Castanares not far from Burgos. As for glasses, I purchased two pair of "el cheapo supremo" readers @$3.50 from Ace Hardware in my home town of Anacortes. They served the desired purpose of being able to read messages on my I-Phone. I lost one pair along the way; the other survived to Paris in a slightly modified, duct taped, version of the original. Keep on moving. Enjoy the journey. Listen to the Cuckoo. Buen Camino!
John Crawford Howell-I agree with you! I love wearing shorts and a tshirt. And Tilly Jones- wear shorts if you want, wear whatever you want, enjoy life. As one gets older, why not? Be comfortable in your own skin (no matter where it hangs :cool:;))
 

Hoganj

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015, 2016, 2017 back in 2018
#88
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
My darling woman age is just a no. Don't dwell on it too.much just do it. Think of all the people who would lose out on meeting you.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Chemin de St. Jame 2013
Camino del Norte 2017
#89
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
What is this getting old business?
You're on the Camino for 500 miles. How many people half your age could walk day after day until you get to Santiago?
Old lady glasses?? Please don't perpetuate a stereotype.

Danny
www.hikertohiker.com Older than you!!
 

lt56ny

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013-Frances SJP-Finisterre, 2015 Camino Le Puy-Santiago, 2017 Portugues Lisbon-Santiago 2018 Norte
#90
I suggest looking at Thinoptics keychain reading glasses. I've got them and plan to use them when I walk next Spring. Here is a link on Amazon: Thinoptics Keychain Reading Glasses
You should be walking with me. I promise I will be sweet as much as I can. And we won’t see each other much when we are walking. You walk faster than me and I like being alone and you will talk to anybody and talk all day!!!!! Priscilla wants you to be with me too! She has told me cosmically.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJpdP to Santiago ( Sept-Oct 2018)
#91
It seems the various skin folds and erstwhile firm regions are accelerating earthwards at 9.8m/s/s.
The good news is (unless I have the physics wrong) that the rate of acceleration is independent of the mass !

So bring on the Camino Carbs and Rioja's best. If its going to keep free falling, may as well enjoy the ride:)
 

offtrail1

Dave Black
Camino(s) past & future
May 9th - June 13rd (2015) St Jean to Santiago
June 1st - June 29th (2016) Leon to Santiago & Finisterra
#92
Funny thread - thanks all! I walked the full CF a few years back at 75 - then went back for a 2nd dose the next year. Now I'm planning the Ruta Portuguese, but that will have to wait until I'm a little bit older. BTW those are Rx sunglasses I'm wearing so I can see all those 'certain age' girls!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy (2010), Frances (2010). Finisterre (2010), Geneva (2012), Portuguese (2014), Sanabres (2016)
#93
I am of a certain age. That certain age where 'getting old' starts to rear its head when it simply was never a conceivable concept before. It has come on aggressively in the last year or so, since my last Camino.

My hair suddenly has a lot of natural highlights.

I've been thinking about, and planning for packing. I trialled a pair of shorts but now my legs have lost their athleticism and have that sort of saggy skin thing going on so I think I'm limited to knee length or lower if I'm to be discrete about my true age.

But most importantly, my vision. I have increasingly needed to use old lady glasses to see the same things I've never had trouble seeing before. Panic set in today when I realized I'd be alone in a foreign country. I certainly don't want to use the pack space for a pair of old lady glasses. But what a horror it would be if I get myself into a pickle simply because I can't read something.

This aging thing is the pits.

At least I get cheap highlights though.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: September 24 - October 31 (2015); February/March (2019)
#94
You should be walking with me. I promise I will be sweet as much as I can. And we won’t see each other much when we are walking. You walk faster than me and I like being alone and you will talk to anybody and talk all day!!!!! Priscilla wants you to be with me too! She has told me cosmically.
That sure prompted a hearty laugh! Talk to anybody and talk all day...I love it!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy (2010), Frances (2010). Finisterre (2010), Geneva (2012), Portuguese (2014), Sanabres (2016)
#95
I thought I was old when I did my first Camino at 65. Now 8 years later having just finished a 5th camino I’m even older and the 60-something’s seem like kids. Be grateful for what you can do now. It won’t get better, but you can keep on doing what you can do.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(Le Puy- St Jean Pied a Port (September 2018 )

St. Jean Pied a Port - Finisterre 2008
#96
I'm celebrating my 70th birthday in September by being on the trail somewhere along the Via Podiensis. Concerned about my knees, not my looks. As for eyesight, I have cataracts, no medical insurance and so I'll be the one bumbling along asking for help with reading small print. And pleased as a gamboling wallaby to be there.
 
Camino(s) past & future
May 2018
#99
Ah, a certain age, where you care less about appearance and more about personality and character. Being on the downside of 65, and doing my first Camino in a few days, I marvel at the fact I am healthy enough to walk with relative ease and aleve. To be retired and have the time to myself, with my children, grandchildren and a few great grands as well. Sitting in the airport about six hours early and people watch is a joy and helps pass the time. I have a few extra pounds that I plan on leaving in Spain and hope my children will recognize me on my return. I'll wear shorts and show off my bandy legs, not so toned arms and a wrinkled face with not a care in the world. Cheers.....Craig
 
Camino(s) past & future
August to September 2016
Ah, a certain age, where you care less about appearance and more about personality and character. Being on the downside of 65, and doing my first Camino in a few days, I marvel at the fact I am healthy enough to walk with relative ease and aleve. To be retired and have the time to myself, with my children, grandchildren and a few great grands as well. Sitting in the airport about six hours early and people watch is a joy and helps pass the time. I have a few extra pounds that I plan on leaving in Spain and hope my children will recognize me on my return. I'll wear shorts and show off my bandy legs, not so toned arms and a wrinkled face with not a care in the world. Cheers.....Craig
Buen Camino Craig!!!
 

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