Last week, I posted a question on a Camino forum, asking for volunteers to help carry my gear (with the assistance of the formerly-mentioned Carrix). Here’s an excerpt from that posting:
…I can’t personally attach myself to this wonderful trekking invention because I’m unable to carry more than approx. 1/1.5 kg. (due to injuries & pain from an accident).
One young woman, planning her pilgrimage for next year, sweetly posted a reply, sorry she couldn’t help out. Others commented, made alternate suggestions such as relying on transport services, and pointed out the downsides of the cart.
Then came this:
All you need in the day bag is rain gear, snacks, water and perhaps a small first air kit. I am sure the total weight would be less that 2 kg. I assume that you will be wearing a hat, outer wear, and will have your valuables and electronics, etc in belt pouches or pockets. The day bag is large enough for a fleece jacket or jacket as well. In fact, you use the rain gear or jacket / fleece as padding if you need it against your back.
Dear kind sir: it will not help to distribute that bit of hefty weight in different packs, parcels and pockets.
All I need, according to your list, if you did some quick ‘n dirty calculations, would quickly add up to much more than my allowable 1.5 kg.
I don’t even need the weight police to flag me down, pull me aside, fine me and give me a warning; I know my own tolerance and weight-bearing limits – at least I should.
Ludicrous or unfathomable as it sounds, when it comes to carrying, I will until further notice, qualify only for the light(est)-weight division.
So be it.
Whereas I once – and for many years – carried packs (and boxes, and suitcases, and furniture) that weighed as much and as large as this behemoth, I must now abstain.
Don’t think for a moment that it’s easy for me to do, not when my instinct has always been to pick up, help others, lessen their load.
Learning my own lesson means I will weigh it forward in other ways instead.