Finished the Camino!!
Apr25

Finished the Camino!!

Day 29: Hit the 100km (60 miles) to go mark today!!! I don’t want it to end. First thing this morning I saw John. I was starting to think he was a fake and didn’t exist. He is in my Camino Facebook group and started the day before me and we were in the same area. I finally found him. I taught him my recently slowed down way of stopping in every village for a drink or food, talking to anyone that would listen, and being in...

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Packing List for Camino
Mar20

Packing List for Camino

I leave tomorrow morning for the Camino! I am nervous and excited. Mostly nervous because of the weather forecast. I have typed out a packing list with some photos. Also added a 2 minute vlog. Backpack weight: 16lb My starting weight: 166lbs Bags 1-40L Gonex Backpack (with laptop sleeve) 1- Passport/wallet body sling 1- Sleeping Bag 3- Mesh bags 1- Day pack compressed 20L     Electronics 1- Lenovo Yoga (with power cord) 1-...

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I Don’t Have the Answers
Mar14

I Don’t Have the Answers

Well… I leave in a week for my 500 mile journey. The unknown is terrifying and we want to control so many aspects of our life. If there is one thing I have learned it is that life is uncontrollable. This trip is about focusing on life. I recently was back in the US and received the questions “why? why would you want to travel that far and leave the comfort of home?”,¬† “if you’re not religious, why would...

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The Way – Camino de Santiago
Feb21

The Way – Camino de Santiago

It is a pilgrimage that I plan to take in exactly 1 month from today. A trip of 500 miles across the north of Spain. The Way is known as the Camino de Santiago. It is a walk that will take me around 30 days. There are no rules about how far I must walk every day or at what pace I must go. The trail is well marked and will be directing me to my physical destination. It is also well supported as more than 300,000 people do this...

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Running My First Half Marathon
Apr05

Running My First Half Marathon

I am not a runner. I never wanted to be. However, I am goal oriented and I love to push myself outside of my comfort zone. So when Matt and I learned we were moving to the UK and would be living in the back of the pub, I figured I needed to take action to keep myself motivated. I took the leap and signed us up for a half marathon in April and a full in May. I finished my half and I wanted to write to reflect and maybe just maybe...

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Tama River Ride
Oct14

Tama River Ride

Today Matt and I spent the afternoon riding the Tama River on bikes. We rented bikes on the Yokota base so that the ride would be a bit easier. We had a storm yesterday and today the winds were still high so we knew it would be tough. Round trip we went about 55km (34 miles). We are going to try again tomorrow and hopefully we can do about double that. The trail is 50km one way. As long as the weather is nice we will leave in the...

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