In less than 28 days, I will be on the road again. Procrastination is over. I have finally decided to walk from St. Jean Pied de Port in France across the Pyrenees and then westward across the top of Spain. Will see what happens.
I am having some problems with the knees. Definitely some degeneration of the cartilage from practicing shiatsu therapy on a mat for so many years. Five years ago it was the left one. This time it is the right. There are some that would say that a problem on the left side is a problem with the feminine. So, now it's a problem with the masculine. I obviously can't win. I'll take that with a good pinch of salt - the non sodium variety.
Meanwhile at the gym I am working on strengthening the medial quads and stripping the iliotibial band along the sides of the legs with a cylindrical foam roller. Hopefully that will help.
Last time I walked, I had problems with shin splints. This can occur if the legs are overworked. I would classify walking between 25 and 35 kilometers every day for a whole month as 'overwork'. So in preparation I am now doing strengthening exercises for the feet, ankles, calves and hips, as these all support the shins.