Alan Carpenter

I love long-distance hiking and cycling adventures. At age 62, I got the long-distance hiking bug on the John Muir Trail. Since then I've hiked the John Muir Trail (again, that time with light-weight gear), the Colorado Trail (twice), the PCT, the AT and about 60 percent of the CDT. My cycling adventures have taken me across the USA west to east twice, north to south twice, and south to north once. Over the past three years, I've been plagued by a right leg/hip injury that I think I've finally licked. Now, with 76 birthdays under my feet, my wife, Betsy, and I will embark on the Camino de Santiago in late April. Assuming that I hold up, I plan to finish the CDT this coming summer. Yee-ha!

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Camino de Santiago – Week 5

Camino de Santiago – Week 5

Day 29Excellent sleeping weather last night and minimal snoring. We arose at 6:45 and ate breakfast of muesli, soy milk, banana, bread, and

May 26, 2023 : Alan Carpenter
Camino de Santiago – Week 4

Camino de Santiago – Week 4

Day 22A short day ahead (10.2 miles) to give Betsy’s knee more time to heal. We didn’t get up until 7 after most of our fellow pilgrims had

May 18, 2023 : Alan Carpenter
Camino de Santiago – Week 3

Camino de Santiago – Week 3

Day 15Light snoring last night. Highlights of the day started with a solid breakfast of cafe au lait, OJ, unlimited whole wheat toast (3 pieces)

May 11, 2023 : Alan Carpenter
Camino de Santiago – Week 2

Camino de Santiago – Week 2

Day 8Logrono to Najera, 18 miles. Betsy and I ate breakfast of yesterday’s food the albergue then headed out through the busy streets of town

May 4, 2023 : Alan Carpenter
Camino de Santiago – Week

Camino de Santiago – Week

Day 1I already mentioned the first day on the low road to Valcarlos at mike 7. Little elevation gain, fine weather. Only one other person in

May 1, 2023 : Alan Carpenter
Getting to the Camino de Santiago

Getting to the Camino de Santiago

Sitting on the plane for 7 hours from Denver to Iceland required lots of stretching to survive. My compression socks helped. Alas, the flight over

Apr 24, 2023 : Alan Carpenter
Conditioning

Conditioning

Condition your entire being Conditioning involves your body, mind, and spirit—your entire being. Body Except perhaps for people who are already in

Mar 28, 2023 : Alan Carpenter
Preparing for the Camino de Santiago

Preparing for the Camino de Santiago

The Camino is not your typical long-distance trail The Camino de Santiago runs for 484 miles from the small town of St. Jean Pied du Port (foot of

Feb 24, 2023 : Alan Carpenter
Recovering from Injury

Recovering from Injury

The precipitating event On July 4, 2020, I descended steep switchbacks shortly before beginning my climb up James Peak on the CDT in Colorado. I

Jan 29, 2023 : Alan Carpenter