So I made it home from my camino in one piece, having walked for 52 days and 1,390 km's
I met some fabulous people from around the world, although very few from the UK, and passed through some amazing scenery. Springtime is such a beautiful time to walk through Spain and the wild flowers along the way were stunning. I achieved my goal of walking from 'sea to shining sea' after leaving from the Mediterraean at Málaga and continuing through Santiago de Compostela in the north west until I reached the Atlantic and dipped my toes in the ocean at Finisterre.
I was so very lucky with the weather, with only a few wet days and some very cold mornings - but by and large enjoyed glorious temperatures for most of my walk. I sufferred a few blisters around weeks two and three but spent most of the journey entirely pain-free. After three caminos, I know the minimum amount of gear that I am comfortable with and everything performed well this year, although the soles of my boots were paper thin by the time I finished.
But my most impressive piece of equipment is my body. It never ceases to amaze me that my body reacts so efficiently to what is demanded of it. I have built a lot of strength and muscle memory over three caminos and whereas on my first pilgrimage I could be seen doing the 'pilgrim shuffle' every evening (when the legs, ankles and feet are stiff from walking all day). I now recognise and sympathise with newbies who have practically seized up, but I am no longer a 'shuffler', and am happy to walk a few extra kilometres after arrival to discover the delights of the town that I am staying in.