It makes me laugh to say it aloud. Teflon trousers. Am I hot stuff in my Teflon trousers?
They weigh nothing, they dry quickly, they never wrinkle, ... how could I resist?
These days, travelling light influences my choices.
In my "real" life I am a fan of cotton, but having some life experience has taught me that cotton is not the choice of a wise packer.I spent the weekend weighing things. While weight is not the only consideration, it is certainly a factor in some of my choices as I prepare for this long walk across northern Spain.
When it is finally time to make the final cut, weight may be the deciding factor, but then again, it may not be the ultimate consideration. Interesting how packing decisions can be so telling about one's values and beliefs.
In my mind a pilgrimage involves simply setting out with what you have and following your heart, not your head, as you take each step forward. There is a huge element of trust (or faith) implied in the decision to call this long, lovely walk a pilgrimage. It is not about equipment and gear.
So I am inclined to just step out with the clothes I have...just be who I am and move out proudly and make do.
Henry David Thoreau said we should "...beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes." A wise and witty man, worthy of listening to. His advice is good...but I bought the Teflon trousers anyway...
Life is good - but far too busy these days. More later...