As soon as I published this post, Lisa emailed (or maybe she texted) saying, “We will go to Iceland with you.” Normally, I don’t take these things seriously because people say that to me all the time.
The first glance of Catedral do Santiago can be seen atop Monte del Gozo, about 3 KM away from Santiago, with giant iron statues of pilgrims looking longingly towards it. Being one of the more famous viewpoints along the route to Santiago, it should have been on the top of my list as I walked those last few kilometers.
The search for my backpack started as soon as I made the decision to walk the Camino. Aside from actually buying flights, this was the next big thing I needed to commit myself to lest I back out of the plan forever. And so, every now and then I would go into adventure stores around Toronto, comparing prices and brands and thinking about the advantages of having a front zipper and extra straps. Here is a piece of unsolicited advice: given the choice, you ALWAYS go for a pack with a front zipper! Thank me later.