I start of my Camino is only a few weeks off so getting in condition is important and my dog loves to hike across the desert.
My 31 liter pack (empty it wieghs 22 ounces) is loaded with about 25 pounds of canned goods. I do not intend to carry such a heavy load, but for conditioning purposes that is what I am doing.
Today Zia and I walked along the desert for a while and then spent time walking up and down hills to help me build up strength in my knees. I also wear my pack at home and make a point of going up and down the stairs to help me build strength.
The afternoon speeds quickly by. There is joy in the simple pleasure of walking.
Life is good...