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Live from Camino Life begins (again) at 65

Live from Camino
Year of past OR future Camino
2018
Writing from St Jean Pied de Port, listening to early morning noises as others prepare to head off. Kerry & I have given ourselves a few days to recover from the flights from Oz and le décalage horaire, no rush to set off and a chance to explore this lovely town and nearby countryside. My Camino experience started from the moment we arrived in Lyon, continued when we arrived at Biarritz and were helped by a fellow pilgrim (merci Pierre!) and just keeps flowing. Le repas last night here at la Vita e Bella was warm, jolly, joyful, multilingual and enlightening- and we have met nothing but kindness and support from everyone right from the beginning. We start walking on Saturday!
 
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TheLazyPilgrim

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances - September '2018'
I hope you and Kerry have a great Camino Anna! I'm setting out on the 5th of September myself. I doubt I'll set a blistering pace but if you two aren't in any hurry and you linger longer in certain spots I might meet you! I'll have a Forum patch on my backpack, so keep an eye out and say hello if we run into one another. Buen Camino!
 
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mspath

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
From one oldie (79) to another Godspeed and Ultreia!

"...and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
Ulysses
,
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
 

FamPed

Pilgrim
Year of past OR future Camino
There are many different Pilgrim Routes and Caminos in life.
It sounds like you are having a lovely time already.
Take care and stay safe.

Buen Camino to you both. :)
 
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t2andreo

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2022
I have come to realize that if you can maintain your relative health and physical conditioning, 60 is the new 40, 70 the new 50, etc. Just listen to your body at all times and do not overdo. You will be fine.

Remember that, on the Camino there are days to be brave and days to be smart. It is not a race or an endurance contest.

Above all, it is YOUR Camino experience. No one has the standing or authority to tell you what you should or should not do. Do what is comfortable and attainable for you. That is Camino Rule Uno.

The journey IS the destination. Enjoy it!

Hope this helps.
 
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Kanga

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Staff member
Year of past OR future Camino
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
I totally agree with you @peregrina2000, but I think @t2andreo was only saying "Above all, it is YOUR experience" and don't let anyone tell you how far or fast you should walk. In the context of the OP's health and physical abilities.

Words. The wrong word in the wrong place. They do get us into trouble.
 
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Jim Miller

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Year of past OR future Camino
2016
Writing from St Jean Pied de Port, listening to early morning noises as others prepare to head off. Kerry & I have given ourselves a few days to recover from the flights from Oz and le décalage horaire, no rush to set off and a chance to explore this lovely town and nearby countryside. My Camino experience started from the moment we arrived in Lyon, continued when we arrived at Biarritz and were helped by a fellow pilgrim (merci Pierre!) and just keeps flowing. Le repas last night here at la Vita e Bella was warm, jolly, joyful, multilingual and enlightening- and we have met nothing but kindness and support from everyone right from the beginning. We start walking on Saturday!
I turned 78 in Pamplona last year.... I have underwear older than you..ha! Buen Camino.
 

Korean bell

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances
Hola,
Wow what a graceful beginning to a long amble. We begin walking from Astorga in 7 days. Buen Camino
 

Lindy Loo

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 21 October 2014
Portugese Way October 2018
Writing from St Jean Pied de Port, listening to early morning noises as others prepare to head off. Kerry & I have given ourselves a few days to recover from the flights from Oz and le décalage horaire, no rush to set off and a chance to explore this lovely town and nearby countryside. My Camino experience started from the moment we arrived in Lyon, continued when we arrived at Biarritz and were helped by a fellow pilgrim (merci Pierre!) and just keeps flowing. Le repas last night here at la Vita e Bella was warm, jolly, joyful, multilingual and enlightening- and we have met nothing but kindness and support from everyone right from the beginning. We start walking on Saturday!
Hi Anna

I am 64 and my sister will be 71 when we leave Oz and head to Valenca for her first Camino and my second!! We are taking a 2 day break in London where we'll leave our 'winter woolies', Twisties, Vegemite & obligatory Aussie goodies (gifts for family) until we return. We are walking the Portugese route and arrive in Santiago on 26 October. You & Kerry will have an amazing time. Breath it all in - don't miss a moment and you'll be back for more I promise you!

Age is nothing when your heart is full of yearning for adventure!

Well done, have an amazing time and Beun Camino my friend!
 
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Year of past OR future Camino
2018
Anna and Kerry,

Buen Camino!!!
We are en route! Zubiri today. I had to taxi here from Roncesvalles this morning because I injured my foot crossing the Pyrenees but Kerry is powering along. I hope we'll set off for Pamplona together tomorrow. We have met so many generous and wonderful people already. My taxi ride was hilarious- driver Alloni worked in Idaho years ago, he played country music favourites as we drove here and we both sang along to Johnny Cash and Hank Williams! 10 mins after he dropped me off at the albergue, he came back to hand me my plastic baggie of cash that had fallen on floor of his taxi. I live my life, sure foot and all!
 

Ctshagr

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances- Sarria to Santiago (2017)
Camino Portugués - Porto to Santiago (2018)
I have come to realize that if you can maintain your relative health and physical conditioning, 60 is the new 40, 70 the new 50, etc. Just listen to your body at all times and do not overdo. You will be fine.

Remember that, on the Camino there are days to be brave and days to be smart. It is not a race or an endurance contest.

Above all, it is YOUR Camino experience. No one has the standing or authority to tell you what you should or should not do. Do what is comfortable and attainable for you. That is Camino Rule Uno.

The journey IS the destination. Enjoy it!

Hope this helps.
 

nycwalking

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
Age is just a number from which to start.

Santiago awaits.

Buen camino.
 

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Ctshagr

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances- Sarria to Santiago (2017)
Camino Portugués - Porto to Santiago (2018)
That makes so much sense to me. At 72 I’m hoping to put those words to wisdom into action. I will be leaving for Santiago March 3rd from the states and have about 18 days to spend on my new adventure. Haven’t picked a route yet any help is appreciated.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
2018
That sore foot has caused me to slow my rhythm somewhat and I've had to take the autobus partway on certain days so I could link up with Kerry at night. But things are looking up now after seeing a podiatrist in Estella- I recommend Cristina Saenz, whose clinic is in Calle Yerri near autobus station. Treated my toes, approved my Scarpa shoes and reassured me that I can go on, but at my own pace.
 

J Willhaus

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2016 CF;
Hospitalera, Zamora 2017, Hospitalera Grañón 2018, Hospitalera Estella 2019
Anna,
Best wishes for the healing of your foot ailment. Take it easy!
Janet
 
Year of past OR future Camino
2018
Anna,
Best wishes for the healing of your foot ailment. Take it easy!
Janet
I'm happy to report that I am walking again! But shorter distances and changing socks & dressings every 2 H. Kerry speeds ahead of me, I go at my own pace and on longer days I will go part-bus, part-walk. I felt good walking today ! But it was very humid.
 

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