Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Camino Ups and Downs!

Most of my life I have been very organized!  But on this trip....OH ME!

I cannot seem to get my backpack in order.  I never know where anything is, and on the first two nights, West and Brooke a heard far too much "now, where did I put that?"  This moring we got up in the dark -just so you know, the bathroom in the albergue had NO toilet paper, and there were about 50 people trying to figure out what to do.  What to do was -walk on!

Getting up in the dark and trying to pack up when there is no light in the room, and I did not have a clue where my flashlight was.  I managed to get everything stuffed into the bag.....and because most of it really had no place, it did not matter where it went!

And we walked off.  There are few places open at 6am, but I had a banana and some nuts....voila breakfast with a side of cold water!

Eventually it became day, and we were walking up a steep hill that went on forever.  After the first two days walking over the Pyrenees, this was a pie e if cake!  Ewe walk with a "credential", a booklet where we get e stamps to prove where we had been. They are colorful and fun.  At this particular town a stamp was left out so peregrines could get their credentialed tended to.  That's when I could not find my passport case that had the passport and credential in it.  No panic!  It must be in there somewhere.  But at 1:30 when we walked into Estella, I could not find either.  And without both, one is not allowed to stay in the albergue.  So, off to the Police Station where there was a fair exchange f my Spanish and his to last night's albergue - no it is not there.  When I checked into a hote, for Plan D, of course, there they were, tucked safely into a zipper compartment of mt sleeping baf!  Go figure!

So I have a grat place to stay tonight.  Spent time working on the pack.  I hope this will be better!  At the end of the day I am so tired, I don't remember just about anything I do.  We'll see.

On the other hand, I am meeting some really amazing people who are so kind.  Just about everything pushes us out if our custom zones so there is a lot of support.

I'm not sure I can finish El Camino, bout know that I am giving it my best shot.  It s hot, staying hydrated is a challenge, and most everything feels new.i hope I am close to being in the groove.

In the meantime....buen Camino!  What an adventure.


  1. wow, you are SUCH a trooper. I love reading about it.

  2. Bob,
    Love reading your post in anticipation of our trip.
    Keep on, keepin on...