Accommodations Price Range: $10 – $90 (excluding Santiago).
Bedbugs: None! Daily ritual of mattress checking after stripping bed paid off.
Budget: 100 euros for two, per day ($116).
Conveniences Missed: Drying clothes in a dryer rather than hanging them on a line, Wi-Fi that works, toilet tissue in restrooms.
Clothing: 2- pants that unzip into shorts, 2- short sleeved tops, 1- long sleeved top, 1- leggings for evening, 1- top for evening, 1- fleece, 1- rain jacket, 1-hat, 1- buff, 1 nightshirt, 3- pairs of socks, quick dry underwear and sports bras, 1- pair flip flops and sneakers.
Dinner Price Range: $10 – $15 per person for a 3-course dinner with water, bread and a bottle of wine.
Emotions: Feeling more grateful, tolerant, peaceful and adventurous.
Equipment Favorites: Buff: a colorful, stretchable, jersey headband that can be worn as a scarf, hood, sleeping mask, wrist band, mask, etc.; Hiking Boots: Merrell MOAB Ventilator Mid: just noticed it says “Outperform” on the box and outperform they did!: Hiking poles: could not have successfully walked without them.
Food Favorites: Caldo Gallego- soup made with potatoes, white beans, turnip greens, ham and chorizo (Spanish sausage), Arroz Negro- seafood and black rice flavored with squid ink, tortilla- potato and egg pie.
Foods That Won’t Be Missed: Bread and french fries.
Friendships: It’s not always the case that 4 people just “click.” We connected with a couple from Utah. A new, budding friendship would be the best trip souvenir we could ask for.
Hiking Days: 33.
Longest Walk, Distance: Day 22- 20 miles to Astorga.
Longest Walk, Time: Day 1- nine hours over the Pyrenees.
Makeup Meltdowns: Blamed it on the passenger sitting next to me on the flight that looked like a model out of Vogue magazine; felt naked, not myself. Once the Camino started, I began to feel more comfortable in my own skin and think less about me and more about the details of the daily experience. Also, great to be able to get ready so quickly each morning!
Miles Walked: 501.
Missing the Most: The camaraderie, the solitude, the simplicity of our daily routine, the feeling of accomplishment after a physically challenging day.
Pilgrims Met, Around the World: 22 countries.
Pilgrims Met, United States: 27 states.
Public Transportation: None for us, but taxis, buses and trains were available if the going got too tough.
Spousal Arguments/Disagreements: None! We were together 24/7 for 35 days. Our physical and emotional levels were as high and low as the inclines and descents we’d climb each day, but sharing this experience, taking care of each other and working together to accomplish our goal has brought us even closer (if that’s possible) and has given us a newfound respect for each other. Dare I say it? I think we may have fallen in love all over again.
Rest Days: 2.
TV, Radio: None!
Weather: 45 degrees (early morning) – 85 degrees.
Woods Bathroom Breaks: 2- tried to keep to a minimum.