I read a very interesting discussion on the pilgrim forum today, originally instigated by my blogging (and Camino Mozárabe) pal Clare. You can find her blog here.
The title is ‘What do you do when you cannot walk anymore?’ check it out here – it’s quite inspiring.
I only started walking for pleasure in 2013, in training for my first camino at the age of 59. During the intervening years of walking caminos and countless kms up and down mountains around my old home in Spain I have been amazed that my body would consistently do what I asked of it. And the more I asked, the more it would perform. But I’ve taken it for granted, and haven’t really thought at all about how I will deal with declining health as I grow older. I am hopeful that I won’t have any issues this year and for many years to come. The thing that is likely to stop me from walking caminos is not being able to fund them. Although it is a very frugal way to travel – the average daily spend being in the region of 30 euros – multiply that x 30+ and it becomes quite a commitment. But, I shall worry about those things when they occur and in the meantime enjoy every step and every sight and every moment spent with my wonderful camino pals.