I did manage to get everything I plan to take stuffed into my backpack. Well, there are a few small items to throw in yet, but they will fit. The problem is the weight. The recommended backpack weight for the pilgrimage is no more than 10% of a person's body weight. My pack weighed in at 22 pounds yesterday, and that doesn't count food and water. I'll have to live from what's in that backpack for more than three months, and I can't find any way to get it down to 10% of what I weigh, as chubby as I am. So, I've decided to work on the other side of the equation. I've ordered two family-sized pizzas, a large bag of chips, and a 12-pack of beer for supper. I'll make that 10% goal yet!
I've got all of the lodging arrangements made up until the day I start hiking across the Pyrenees. I emailed a private refuge (that's what the pilgrims hostels are called) yesterday to make a reservation for the first night on the French side of the border, so that I can do the hike through the Pyrenees in two days instead of one. So far I've received no answer. I want to start off in easy stages. After all, I will be 72 years old