May 27th, 2018. O Coto to Arzua, Spain. Camino de Santiago.
I slept through my alarm this morning. It’s never really happened before. I think that’s a sign of exhaustion.
Still, we were packed up and on the trail around 8 am.
We a ‘short day’ of 20km to walk. Have I mentioned Spanish miles? What starts as 20km turns out to be 23km and while 3km doesn’t sound a lot, it’s a hell of a lot at the end of a day!
We walked through hamlet after hamlet but the kilometres were kept to the background by a conversation about blogs, writing and having a creative-based business. Both Sharon and Jerry have blogs (www.pintangle.com and www.thefogwatch.com) which makes for deep conversations about the direction we want to take with our respective businesses and hence where I want to take my website and my writing.
We can smell the end of this journey, although it’s currently still smelling agricultural and not necessarily in a good way. We have 38km to go and when calculated, I figure I’ll reach one million steps tomorrow since the Camino began. My feet tell me it’s true.
I have to admit I’m a little frustrated by a part of this journey and that’s with the “Sarria crowd”.
Meaning, the ones who began in Sarria and are walking the last 100 km. If they just pulled their bloody headphones out of their ears they may be surprised by an enhanced Camino experience. You know, nature, companionship, conversations with complete strangers. But they are determined and many with their heads down, focused on what I can only think as the kilometres they walk Yeah yeah, not judgement. It is their Camino journey but I am saddened to see how much technology is reducing their natural Camino experience. I’m going to call them the headphone hikers.