So much has happened since Day 36...overall things are going very well as I have now completed day 51 of walking. I am currently 4 days ahead of my pre trip schedule...likely have about 10 days or so left. The main change is that I hooked up with a small group of guys over the last 10 days or so. We walk fairly independently during the day and then usually share a room and some laughs at the end of the day. I no longer plan anything...just go with the flow.
People come and go from the small group I.e. Yosh from Tokyo left 2 days ago...69 year old human walking machine. Daniel left 4 or 5 days ago...72 year old recovering from cancer surgery with essentially one functioning lung and one of the most positive outlooks on life I have ever come across. I am currently walking with George a 47 year old 6 ft 4 powerhouse from Belgium who left his home 65 days ago...he will walk close to 2,700 kms when all is said and done. Cyrille a 28 year old left from Nantes France a month ago and biked to Le Puy en Velay and is now walking to Santiago to fulfill a promise made for a friend who is quite ill.
A great group of folks to be walking with and a very strong walking group...moving hard to keep up! Physically holding up well so far...the going is relatively easy at this point with smaller elevation gains.
I am keeping some notes on paper and am still taking pictures...when I return home I will update my blog...likely in a more abbreviated manner. I realize this will be of limited interest to most who have followed the blog so far...will do it more from a personal recollection point of view.
So far I have walked just under 1,300 kms so far officially...unofficially I am sure I have walked closer to 1,500 kms...not too shabby for an old desk bound guy like me!
One disappointment is that I have not had a pattiserie cookie or other goodie in well over a week!