A pilgrim from California has just returned home. This is what she shared from her trip:
I just returned home (Paso Robles, California) after completing the Camino. I left St. Jean Pied de Port on the 7th of Sept. and arrived at the Cathedral in Santiago the morning of the 8th of October. I had an absolutely wonderful time, the camaraderie that develops among pilgrims contributed largely. I did develop a small blister at the side of my right heel but that healed with a Compeed patch. The last week I developed some tendonitis about my left ankle but was able to walk on. I carried a 36 liter Osprey pack which I found was ample. The weather was great, one stormy day on the way to Calzadilla de los Hermanillos and two days of light rain, drizzle in Galicia. Walking up to O’Cebreiro the weather was gorgeous with completely clear skies and spectacular views.
For all you older people who have concerns, I’m 69, I did train with my pack beforehand which paid off, and I had no significant problems making the climbs. The most important advice I can give is pay attention to your feet. I greased mine every morning with Aquaphor (fancy vaseline) wore liner socks with Smartwool hiking socks over those. I turned the hiking socks inside out so the smooth surface was toward my skin. Unless I felt a hot spot, which was rare, I did not need to take my shoes off until I was done walking for the day.
I stayed in hotels, pensions, but mostly in albergues.
Read the questions and comments she received on her “thoughts after coming home“.