I can’t think quickly, so I plan several options constantly to quiet the frozen feeling of situations that are complicated. It is called a coping mechanism and it works for me.
I don’t really like being alone, but life has thrown me into solitary contemplation more than once.
Now tomorrow, I walk a section called the Meseta region of the Camino. I have been with a lovely group and had to skip days to walk onward. I’m nervous and a little homesick. I’m smack dab in the center of my time in Spain, so I push on. I will have plenty time to “settle in” as I used to tell my 3 year old son on a long trip:
“Settle in, Ben, we’re going to be driving a while.” He’d usually toss something out the window at that point!
I am in Hornillas at a new Albergue called “the meeting point” very nice. Funny, but thinking I would be alone, I stumbled across three of my Camino friends from Roncevalles, so we have plans to meet for dinner at the only place in town.
I struggled with my pack all morning. I keep tossing things, but it still seems heavy. My blister got worse because of the weight. As I walked, I would go over what I REALLY needed for hours on the path. Tomorrow I will ship my pack ahead for 6 Euros. It will be something that I have to do from now on. When I have a light pack with only rain gear, water and snacks I can go forever. But today that heel blister flared up again….
Here are some pictures that I could not upload last night due to no wifi:
Reminded me of Noels, my Aussie mate: but means hot bread.
extravagant ceiling in one of the rooms in the Burgos cathedral.
I became dizzy taking this shot.
Returning from a walk in Burgos, and caught a piece of the cathedral between buildings.
An elegant selfie: moments later a huge gust of wind blew everything off the table. I jumped up and shouted, “Save the Vino!!!!” Making everyone laugh around me. I’m a walking comedy show (ba-da-dum!)
The path out of Burgos that the Gypsy son carries Martin Sheen’s backpack.
An older gentleman sitting on a bench reminded me of my own Papa. It would not surprise me to find him somewhere, waiting for me.
weird sign in a bathroom
And finally, the town guardian of Hornillos.