January 7, 2016 — Phoenix, Arizona

I was previously using this blog as a daily diary as I walked along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (Camino francés), but I have since added to the information from that blog and published it as an Amazon Kindle ebook, available from Amazon under the title. From now on, this will be my author’s blog.

The Kindle book is entitled A Senior Citizen Walks the Camino de Santiago. By the way, despite the fact that it’s my book, I think it’s a great resource for anyone who plans to walk the Camino or has an interest in knowing what walking the Camino is like. So far the feedback I’ve had from the people who have read it is very good. If you’re interested in the book’s description, you can search for it on any Amazon website.

I am now working on a new book under the working title Running for President. It is about a man who is born in Chicago, moves to Phoenix to attend Arizona State University, gets a job selling cars, manages to become the owner of a car dealership, and then runs for the office of governor of Arizona. That’s as far as I’ve gotten in the rough draft so far, but as the working title suggests, I plan to have him run for president. If anyone would like to have a free copy of the rough draft as far as I have written it, I’d be glad to send it out as an email attachment and then update it as I progress. You can email your request to me at paybay2 (at) mosmicro (dot) com.

I am an amateur bicycle racer, and I had planned to be in competitive shape this coming summer, but my body has different ideas. I currently have a sprain in my left leg and in my right arm, which prevent me from spending very much time on the bike training. It’s not exactly training weather in Phoenix this week at any rate. It’s been drizzling rain on and off since Monday, and today there is a steady rain and a sky so gray that it is blocking most of the sunlight. I have to turn on a light in the house to read or even to see anything beyond the outline of the objects that clutter every room.

I felt sorry for the mailman, who delivered a package today. He normally parks his postal jeep at the end of the street and walks his route, but today he drove from house to house to stay out of the rain. He still had to get out of his vehicle at each stop. It can’t be pleasant, even though he is wearing rain gear. I was kind enough to go outside and meet him halfway.

By the way, the package is what we call a “fit kit.” It contains sizing samples of cycling jerseys, shorts, etc. Members of our cycling team, Team RPM, who live in the Phoenix area will come by my house in the coming days to try them on to see what size team clothing they should order for the 2016 racing season.

Well, the house is filthy, so if you’ll excuse me, I’ll do some cleaning so that my teammates will not see how dirty my house gets when I am here alone.