My wife and I are hiking the Camino de Santiago through northern Spain in a month. This is an ancient pilgrimage route used for centuries as penance for sins and for all manner of seeking. I’m still not completely sure what my reason for going will be; it’s not simply that I’m going along to be a companion for my wife.

I am considering lugging along a keyboard that I’m typing on right now for this ancient iPhone that I’ve just gotten all squared away to accept a sim card I can pick up in Europe. One of the things I’ve thought about spending time with on the Camino is my writing. I love to write, but I lack the discipline to sit down and do it regularly enough to put together a composition that is more than what I do for a living.

The truth is that I lack discipline in a whole lot of areas of my life. Maybe my Camino journey is about developing discipline, and maybe I’ll focus on regular writing as a discipline that would be quite useful in a number of respects.

Ao, about this keyboard. It weighs in at a full 1 lb. 5.1 oz. That’s quite a bit of extra weight. My pack should weigh in between 25 and 30 lbs. depending on how much food I’m carrying at any time (or how many bottles of wine, at any rate). Adding this much more weight seems kind of extreme. I can’t really type much on the iPhone screen, of course – never developed texting thumbs. I’m no good at reasoned and cogent dictation. The keyboard is one I had for an iPad with a little stand that works fine for my iPhone that I found out is too old to pair with a bluetooth keyboard (dagnabbit!), so wired it is. There just don’t seem to be too many wired keyboards around, is the problem. I found one for $20, but the web site it’s on seems a bit sketchy. At any rate, I’ll figure it out.

Then I’ve got to decide how and where I’m going to write. I’ve also got an ancient blog I started up long long ago and never have done much with. I found an iPhone app that connects directly to post to Google (a.k.a. Blogger) blogs. I’m testing this to see if I can save blog posts when offline and then sync them up whenever I can connect reliably along the Camino.

We’ll see how it goes.