Blue View - Setting Off on the Right Foot... er, Shoe

Blue View - Setting Off on the Right Foot... er, Shoe

My Merrell hiking shoes are just about done. The treads are okay, but the topsides have cracks and splits large enough to stick my finger through, and certainly aren't worth bringing with us on the Via Francigena. While they were quite comfortable, they didn't last nearly as long as I expected. In addition, after wearing them on the trail for a long day, my sweaty feet really generated some serious stink. After our 20+ days on the Thames path, they weren't allowed in the same room with us at the end of the day.

Marcie's Oboz are just as old and have at least as much mileage, but are still in pretty good shape. The problem with her shoes was that they were uncomfortable after 8-10 miles. Even worse, she was constantly plagued with blisters. Time for both of us to look for replacements. Off to REI to look for replacements…

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Blue View – Geriatric Backpacking – Part 2

Blue View – Geriatric Backpacking – Part 2

If you read last week's Blue View, you may remember that we were planning to spend a night or two sleeping on the ground to see whether our old geriatric bones could still manage it. Would we have to endure a very long night of throbbing hips, backs and shoulders? Would we ever again be able to get into an upright position? Would the campground host, investigating the bad smell emanating from our tent, find our bloated, rattlesnake-bitten remains? Since then, we did spend a couple of nights camped at nearby Lake Mead, and I'm happy to report that …

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