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WARNING: Camino fever...


...OK... it is ok to laugh now. (seriously....!!)

It is also ok to slap your hand to your forhead and say out loud... "Is she insane" cos' I probably am... or I just have the very well-known camino fever...

Last night I was just checking all my Camino-gear (from previous camino's) backpack, sleeping-bag and so on... just to make sure I have what I need... and guess what I am already packed... :-D Did I tell you that I leave in September??

...As I said... it is OK to laugh!!

I have created this blog for my upcoming september Camino: so I am ready (already).

...Hmmm... may be I need a cold shower!? as it seems the heat in Barcelona has gotten to me!

To those of you who are leaving now... BUEN CAMINO - I wish it was me, cos I do not want to wait any longer... I am already packed you know!
The focus is on reducing the risk of failure through being well prepared. 2nd ed.
If you are really, really lucky, that delightful fever will be terminal...and you will have it to the very end! :mrgreen:

Some years ago I discovered that an enjoyable part of any upcoming hike can be the advance planning and preparation for it. To that end, I began to weigh all my gear and put each into a simple spreadsheet that I can manipulate and select the items I choose for the upcoming trip, according to the conditions and season of the destination, to 'pack' and 're-pack' my pack, while it is still hanging in my gear closet. I originally started the spreadsheet because I wanted to keep track of the weight/items and so replace heavier items with lighter ones, as I kept reducing pack weight. That spreadsheet is now multiple pages...but I am lucky enough to use it going some place every year during the warmer "hiking" season.

That is a hilarious post...thank you for making me laugh out loud. :D

And I know just how you feel...

Love your camino and love life.

OK! I have my hand up in forum land as I have a confession too. Although I don't leave my front door until September 3rd, I am packed and ready to go. I also have a spreadsheet with everything weighed, catagorised and examined over and over again. My pack sits next to my desk at home - I feel like I did the first day I started school in 1963 when I was 5!. :oops: I'd had received a new school case for Christmas, packed it Boxing Day and then had to wait until February when our Australian new school year began. :) It's a little like that now. How silly, now I'm nearly 50!!!
I guess childhood wonder and anticipation never leaves some of us - hooray too!!!! cheers, Jane

PS - is it just me or do others begin dreaming of things all camino - I am already walking it in my dreams.
Equally guilty!! I'm waiting for the last couple of bits of new kit (obviously I need to get some new stuff because the very hard wearing technical gear I got last year is...well its just soooo last year now isnt it..)

Anyhoo - been fully packed (except for new lighterweight replacements) for er.....3 weeks or so now - been walking with full pack whenever possible over the local sand dunes. Flights - booked, hotel on first night - booked, hotel on last night booked, bus ticket to start point - booked. Three different sets of route stops depending on how energetic im feeeling. Spreadsheet for packing list sunglasses....battery for camera charged (it will last easily 2 weeks all i need) spare sd card for camera bought...waterproof tech washed and reproofed, boots re polished and cleaned...yup - all ready to go....

I leave home on the 17th September....start walking on the 19th.

But *ahem* I need to practice so im taking all my gear walking right now :)
Ideal sleeping bag liner whether we want to add a thermal plus to our bag, or if we want to use it alone to sleep in shelters or hostels. Thanks to its mummy shape, it adapts perfectly to our body.

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