Sunday, June 23, 2013

Training on the Lake Country Trail

The El Camino
We started talking about it with guests 18-24 months was just an idea.  After several months, Andy said one day, "I've been thinking about the Camino."  I replied, "So have I!"  By January 2013, we had decided we would do September-October this year.
We visited REI and browsed the internet.  We bought backpacks and had them adjusted by a very patient man at REI.  We spent 1 1/2 hours at the little sports shoe store in Delafield.  The gal was very kind and helpful.  Shoes were ordered and socks were purchased.  
We started training when the weather was favorable in April and got serious about it in early May...biking, walking, lifting weights.
The trail we use the most is about 3/4 of a mile from Cedarly and is called The Lake Country Recreation Trail.  A couple of years ago they did major work on it  and now it is paved the whole way...15 miles...just right for our purposes both walking and biking.
This morning we left at 6:40 am.  The weather was nice and off we went.  Lots of people use the path on the weekends...families, groups of couples biking, individuals of all shapes, sizes and ages.  Everyone is friendly.
Several have stopped and talked with us, asking what we are training for since we are carrying loaded backpacks.  We tell them about the Camino.  They are excited for us.  Many say they look forward to running in to us on the trail after we get back to hear about how it goes.  They are intrigued.  
We got back home about 11:45...15 miles in 5 hours.  We were really moving right the 80 degree heat.  Not pretty.  I didn't have to re-tie my shoes once, but I had to mop up my face many times!
We're getting ready.  This week getting airline tickets is on the top of our To Do List!


kathy said...

Thanks for letting me follow you on your journey Nancy:)

Bill Innes said...

So excited for the both of you and look forward to the great days ahead on the Camineo!