11 thoughts on “Camino Audit #4 – My Top 10 Yellow Arrows

  1. That crazy yellow arrow seems to be everywhere. And in the oddest places too. I suspect it will always remind you of the camino whenever you run across one back home.

    Jim in Kentucky

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  2. Hello Bill, I have enjoyed your last few “audits”, you are working through some stuff. I love your arrow pictures.. I did the same, I also have a collection of the shells…. so many varieties in the streets. How is your knee, hope much better and you are enjoying your re-union with your beloved wife. Want to chime in on the e-book version of your journey. Don’t hide your light under a bushel… let it shine. As your journey was unique to you, as was mine and is to everyone, you do have a way with words and most definitely with photography. Also, I have a feeling you will continue to “audit” and write reflections. I believe, this experience is going to stay with you for a long time, hopefully forever. I also believe that your camino has such lasting meaning because of the hardship that you endured. It is the same for me. Had I continued and finished as the happy go lucky, blister and pain free peregrina the entire walk, I don’t think I would have seen and heard and “lived” camino on its deepest level. That is not to say, one has to endure hardship to be a pilgrim. One of the reasons I stared to participate on your blog was the realization that you experienced so much of what I did. As much as you loved the Meseta and conquered your pain for a while, there I encountered my Waterloo. There wasn’t a day past Reliegos I wasn’t in great pain and ended in the emergency in Leon. They gave me a cautionary green light to proceed. So when I said I sympathize with your knee, I knew of what kind of struggle you were overcoming. I didn’t know, until back in Canada, 4 weeks later, that I had walked on a broken leg. That is my miracle. I would love to hear how you think about your experiences in 6 months from now and even further into the future. I wish you a wonderful journey home – Suseia pilgrim Bill! Ingrid

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    • Dear Ingrid – I’ve been thinking about your comment all day, re the ebook. My first inclination was to think about doing it again, specifically to cover stuff for the book that I haven’t on this trip. But maybe it’s not necessary. Your experience with your pain is truly horrible – and a testament to your courage and force of will that you continued for so long. Hats off to you!

      I’m starting to percolate some thoughts on what I’ve already learnt, and will probably post that at the end of the week – but you’re right, the deeper more significant stuff will probably take many months, and possibly years, to emerge.

      In the meantime I actually walked down a set of stairs today almost like a normal person, instead of a Camino hobbler, so the body is starting to recover!

      Best wishes Bill

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  3. Bill, They are everywhere. I walked outside this morning and there were two on the sidewalk by the street. Some folks think they marked the underground gas line, but I know they were the beginning of my Camino today.

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        • Don’t need reservations in Santiago – plenty of places to stay.

          I did though find a very nice hotel very close to the Cathedral – called Campanas de San Juan. Two star, and very reasonably priced. Small hotel in great location, and rooms were luxury compared to some of the albergues I stayed in.

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  4. Thanks for info on Santiago. Sounds perfect. About to board. Stole yellow arrow from you and included in my blog with full credits. Hope you don’t mind. Had to show a picture of Spanish marker to compliment my Houston markers.

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  5. Love this post…..and also Ingrid….wow…..I too am impressed by your courage.
    Bill….Im really enjoying your follow up posts and hearing your reflections.

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