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I’ve been struggling with a new computer since arriving at home from my walk. To bring everyone up-to-date, I’ve been walking quite a lot…12-20 km/day often down to the beach at Huntington Beach, I’ve also been working on Spanish with my Duolingo app, plus starting a small consulting business. I haven’t given up on writing a book about my trip, but I’m admittedly off to a slow start.
Here are a couple of declarations to start the New Year:
1) I will have my book written by the end of April.
2) I will create a short Camino group walk for this fall. This will be a walk of around 100 km which may take as long as 2 weeks to complete. I plan this walk for people who are either just starting to walk, or want some motivation to begin a walking routine, and people who would like to walk more, but need some motivation. This will be a walk for both men and women. I would like to make this a 3 week adventure with a week spent in southern Spain training and learning some Spanish prior to starting the Camino.
I’ll post more on this later, but if you are what I have labeled an “Old Guy” or a woman of equivalent age…or if you know of someone who fits that definition, please consider making a Camino with me THIS YEAR. Walking in northern Spain is Great! If walking a Camino is not on your bucket list….it should be. I believe that if you can get yourself up to walking 4-5 miles a day, you can walk 7-10 km per day and complete a walk to Santiago. Not only will this be a great experience, but many people have found this discipline to make amazing changes to their overall health and happiness.
So, there it is! I have put it out there. There is a lot to do, and I will welcome feedback, offers to join me, or just encouragement.
Adios from California.
As some of you may know, in a fit of optimism I had a bunch of Old Guy Walking shirts and hats made up prior to leaving for Europe. I brought a few of them with me, and would like to see if I can find homes for these items before I head for California. I know that there are a lot of “Old Guys” that I met on my walk, and even if you aren’t an Old Guy, you probably know someone who you would like to see walk more. This could really be the thing that gets them moving. See photos and drawings below.
So, here’s what I propose for all shipments to an address in Europe before I fly home on 18 Nov:
€18 for a short sleeve T-shirt or a hat
€25 for a long sleeve T-shirt
€5 for shipping for any number of items.
For anyone in the US:
$20 for a short sleeve T or a hat
$25 for a long sleeve T
$5 for shipping any number of items to an address in North America. Once I get home all shipments overseas will have to have a $15 shipping charge. I’m sorry, but that’s what it costs me.
So, if you want to order, send me an email at either firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com with the sizes and colors you want, and an address to send them to. I will send you a link to put funds in my paypal account, and when the money comes through I’ll ship them off.
Sorry for the convoluted process. I hope you like the shirts and hats.The shirts come in light blue or tan, S M L XL and XXL. The hats are only in tan. Those of you in Europe can save $10 by ordering this week.
So, now my very long walk is over and I can start to look back and assess what took place. Right now I’m vacationing in Barcelona with Shelly, Sarah and Ron, so not much time to write, but I want to record a few things before my memory gets hazy.
It’s my belief that most of the changes and effects of my walk are internal, but there are some things which can be measured. I recorded weekly statistics on this blog, which was at least interesting to me. When they are combined together the results are a little startling….even to me:
Floors of stairs climbed (estimated 10’/floor)
These totals were accumulated during 68 days of walking from Le Puy en Velay to St. Jean Pied de Port and then Santiago. They don’t count the walk from Finnester to Muxia, and don’t count my 2 days off.
So, I averaged more than 35,000 steps a day, 18.3 miles a day, and 131 floors (1310 feet) of climbing a day. These were all recorded on my Fitbit. The miles are probably a little high but I think the rest of the readings are pretty accurate.
I’m posting this not so much to show off how wonderful I am (well maybe a little) but to demonstrate what an ordinary guy in his late 60s is capable of. I met guys older than me who were walking this much and more, so I am not by any means unique.
Almost everyone I know owns a smartphone which they carry around with them. I am asking that all of you who read this take a look at your step and distance totals every day for awhile, and think about the amount of walking that YOU are capable of….and what it might mean to your life and well-being to do a little more. It’s not necessary to walk 18 miles (27 km) or 35000 steps a day, but if it were possible to work yourself up to 4500 steps or 4 miles (6 km) a day your life could change for the better in ways you can only imagine.
It’s my intention to devote future posts and the book I am working on to show a path that’s possible for almost everyone reading this to achieve this level of walking and even more. I already know several people (old guys and women of no particular age) who have increased their walking and started to see improvements in fitness, attitude and hopefully health. It doesn’t matter so much what level you are at now, as long as you can still walk and your doctor says it’s okay, and (this is most important) you are willing to keep trying every day…I believe you will be amazed at what you can do.