GEAR UP for the Camino

I have been spending time checking my gear.  My mochila (pack) is a Gregory Jade 38.  It is still in good shape after last years training hikes and Camino trek. I don’t care for hydration bladders so I am considering a waist pack for easier access to my water bottles. I need to add my APOC patch to my C TEAM and Camino Forum patches

Trekking poles need to be replaced.  I bought these poles at a sporting goods store in Enterprise Oregon when I realised I had left my REI poles at home as I was packing for the trip  up the Hurricane Creek in the Eagle Caps.  They cost $29.95 and served me well for years.

Clothing…always fun to shop!  Recently purchased Ice Breaker tights and a quarter zip  base layer shirt. Columbia omni shield pants are a little heavier but also water resistant stretch and zip off.  My husband insisted on a new rain jacket and bought me a Marmot Minimalist in bright green! We added REI rain pants for a very packable light weight combination.  New underwear, bras and socks ave yet to be purchased. I am  going to try liners with my smart wools.  I will be taking my signature pink baseball cap, a light stocking cap, light weight gloves, a fleece, another pare of zip offs, a long sleeve guide shirt, a tech t-shirt, a neck buffy and a bandana and a sarong.

The final word is still out on hiking shoes.  The PT and orthotist are working hard to get my right ankle to bend and my calf muscles to loosen up.  It  may be that I will be wearing a brace of some type on my right leg.  I have been wearing some New Balance mid high trail walkers.  Also in my collection are oboz, keen, vasque and asics.

Last night I was shopping around a Sportsman Warehouse and saw a Down blanket that weighs in at one pound.  Also bamboo blanket, which I had never considered.  Currently, my sleeping combination consists of a silk sheet and flannel zip blanket.  I think that will be adequate as most of the albergues had big wool blankets to throw over the top.

Other items…hmm…a spork, a multi tool, tiny flashlight or head light,  camp towel, dry soap,
tiny clothespins, a length of parachute cord, electrical adapter, iPad and charger. Money belt and document pouch.  Prescription meds, a small supply of ibuprofen, leg cramp pills etc to get me started. Antiperspirant and talcum powder. Blister kit.  Smalll first aid kit including peptobismal tabs cold tabs. Comb and hair ties, kleenex pack, sm. pkg of toilet paper,
tooth brush and sm toothpaste, suncreen, lip balm, and a little makeup!

Last year I found some great compression bags at Wal mart.  They were inexpensive and a bit noisy though and I may change to packing cubes. 

Have I missed anything?
Whatever I forget I can easily buy there.  The Spanish economy can benefit from my support.

Published by Carol Clupny, author The Ribbon of Road Ahead: One Woman's Remarkable Journey with Parkinson's Disease

I am a middle aged woman with Parkinson's Disease. When I was first diagnosed I spent a lot of time researching the disease. Seeing a video of a man in the advanced stages of the disease attempting to get out of his chair and then "freezing" as he tried to walk across the room got me off my butt and moving. Great adventures on the Camino de Santiago and with TEAM Pedaling for Parkinson's across IOWA, as well as the day to day adventures of life have lead me to writing. My first novel, a memoir, was published early 2019. It is called, you got it THE RIBBON OF ROAD AHEAD. Living with the degenerative neurological disease Parkinson's, ULTREIA is a word that guides me. I have chosen it as the name of my business ULTREIA BOOKS. It comes from Latin and old French and means "unfailing courage". In the old days, pilgrims would call "Ultreïa" to each other as encouragement "Go up, go further!" Nowadays we would say "You can do this thing". It takes courage to live with Parkinson's. May I face each day with unfailing courage. Ab Here is more about me; I was living an active lifestyle riding horses, hiking, climbing and snow skiing when at age fifty I was diagnosed with Parkinsons. Retiring from my career as a speech-language pathologist I decided to “take to the road” to battle the disease. My first steps, walking out her door to the mailbox, lead to trekking over 1000 miles of pilgrimage trails on the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain. A dusty bike discovered in the garage resulted in four rides on the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa with the Pedaling for Parkinsons Team. These adventures inspired me to write a memoir The Ribbon of Road Ahead: One Woman’s Remarkable Journey with Parkinson’s Disease. I blogs about my everyday life as a middle-aged woman in the mid-stages of Parkinson’s disease. My honest, humorous, and casual narrative style brings the reader to an intimate understanding of my resilience and acceptance. My blog, sharing the name of my book ”The Ribbon of Road Ahead” can be found at After completing a Masters of Science in Speech Pathology from Eastern Washington University I received certification in School Leadership and Administration from Lewis and Clark College. I provided speech pathology services and later became a program director completing 32 years in the wide geographic expanse of eastern Oregon. Active in the Oregon Speech-Language and Hearing Association I received honors of the association and the presidential award for work on recruitment and retention of speech and hearing professionals. Il presented numerous papers and projects at local, state and regional professional conferences. I was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to two terms of the Oregon Board of Examiners of Speech Pathology and Audiology, the state’s licensing and consumer protection agency. Since my diagnosis in 2008, I has become active in the Parkinson’s community as an advocate, an Ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation and support group facilitator for Parkinson's Resources of Oregon. I was appointed the regional patient representative for the Parkinson's Foundation’s Women with PD TALK study. In September of 2019 the Michael J Fox Foundation selected me to participate in the Parkinson’s Policy Forum in Washington DC. As an attendee at the World Parkinson Congress in 2016 in Portand, Oregon, I presnted a poster session examining the decision making process for patients considering deep brain stimulation. At the 2019 WPC in Kyoto, Japan I presented a poster on vision concerns of women with PD and lead small group discussions. Myr book The Ribbon of Road Ahead has provided many speaking opportunities for Carol. In 2019 and early 2020 she visited 24 support groups in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California to share her thoughts on living well with the disease. In addition, she has presented talks for The Center on Aging in San Francisco, Parkinson's Place in Las Vegas, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation in Richland WA and virtually through their HOPE online program. In late 2020 I rejuvenated her voice and narrated her book. It became available as an audio book in 2021. As part of this project I read stories over the airwaves on RadioParkies Australia with DJ Madonna and in Great Britain with DJ Johnny Parky. She and her husband Charlie have two adult sons. They live on a small hobby farm in eastern Oregon. Contact Information: Carol Clupny PO BOX 128, Hermiston, OR 97838 (541) 720-4256

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