Near Fontvieille, France – February 2, 2017
Sleeping Bag functioning at 80%. Small rips from previous trips, but repairs are holding. Slightly damp from morning dew. Overall, adequate and minimal potential for catastrophic failure before end of trip.
Tent operational at 60%. Minor rips in mosquito net, vestibule zipper broken, wear along seam seals, and pole shows some signs of warping. Believed to be adequate as it continues to withstand rain and will become less critical after crossing the Pyrenees.
Backpack holding at 60%. Significant rips in outside pockets, potential wear issues along straps. Believed adequate in short term. Continued monitoring necessary. May not make end of trip.
Shoes dropping into critical condition at 30%. Significant sole damage, worn down from bottom, cushion crushed, pieces beginning to fall apart. Top of show in good condition. Replacement required within the next few weeks.
Socks critical at 20%. Holes and significant wear along outer edges. Condition growing worse by the day. Replacement needed.
Hiking Sticks steady ay 50%. Significant wear on metal, shocks broken on one stick, locking mechanism worn, lower portion of one pole bent. Assessment, likely to survive rest of trip.
Clothing steady at 70%. Small rip along seam and pocket of pants, repaired with floss. Wear showing on shirt from pack. Hole in longsleeve shirt. Assessment, may survive rest of trip.
Batteries critical at 10%. ALERT. ALERT. ALERT. Functioning well, but almost drained. Maybe one charge left for phone. Assessment, recharge asap or all navigation disappears.
And that is why I felt a surge of joy when I found an outlet in the town square where I could sit and charge batteries for a few hours, enough to give me a few more days before I would be forced to do it again.