Madrid, Spain to Tal Pietà, Malta October 31, 2022
Once I found the check-in for Ryanair in terminal one at the huge Madrid airport, I settled in for a six hour wait. I read a book, I slept for a couple of hours and visited with a couple from Chile. Finally at 4 AM I was able to get in line and get rid of my big backpack. The flight was uneventful and I arrived in Malta at 9:15 this morning. Malta is made up of three small islands south of Sicily and east of Tunisia. It also happens to be the 100th country I’ve visited!
and Gary and Jane made it yesterday. Unfortunately I had already left when they arrived. I hope to see them again somewhere someday –
He’s working on qualifying for winter ultra running in Alaska. It’s 1000 miles and starts before the Iditarod race. You have 28 days to get to the end and there are 5 food drops. You pull a sled with all your gear. You need a plastic whistle, 25 degree sleeping bag, a way to make water and a bivvy bag among other things. At the end you have to have 2500 calories of food leftover in case you would have run into trouble.
So it’s easy to imagine that for him walking the Camino is like a walk in the park. His wife Jane is a huge supporter of him and his Ironman races and so she wanted to do this, therefore they are here. They are such a lovely couple and I will miss them.