Arlene will be leaving in a day to walk her second Camino.
I have asked her to do a guest blog on the eve of her departure, to give us some indication of how she’s feeling about it all.
It will be fascinating to follow her journey – and I will regularly reblog her blog onto this site – but as she’s about to head off I wish her love, and safe travels, and I hope she has the best time!! Bill
CAMINO FRANCES 2013
Logrono – Santiago de Compostela – Finisterre – Muxia
Well, here it is the eve of my departure to the Camino. There are a million thoughts rushing through my mind as I check off the items on the “Must Do List” for the hundredth time.
Check – Exchange US dollars for a beginning supply of Euros
Check – Arrange for auto pay of my utility bills
Check – Notify the bank of debit card usage in Spain
Check – Arrange for mail to be picked up
Check – Confirm airline reservations
Check – Arrange for neighbor to check house and drive car weekly
Check – Pack cell phone, tablet, camera, Garmin and charging devices
Check, check and check – Another hundred items off the “List”
Thankfully the backpack has been ready for quite some time and put into its own special Osprey Airport Duffle Bag along with the trekking poles. (Thanks, PGS family for helping with that decision.) I am, however, contemplating adding a Gore Tex jacket.
Naturally, I am anxious about the Camino.
Will I have good weather?
Will the training I’ve done be enough?
Will be too jet lagged to begin walking the morning after I arrive in Logrono?
Will I learn to trust my PGS to get me to Santiago de Compostela and then onwards to the Sea?
Will I be able to get in touch with my inner most feelings?
Will I become spiritually enriched?
When Sunday morning arrives, I will board the flight that will ultimately land me in Logrono, Spain on Monday after several flight changes along the way. I will begin my second Camino Frances on 17 September.
For this Camino, I have promised myself to take my time, to enjoy the sights and wonders along the way. I have vowed to be open to the miracles of the Camino and to let the true spirit of this ancient pilgrimage bring to me what it will.
My first Camino de Santiago brought me a completely new life, one filled with new family and friends from many different parts of this world. And if I am lucky, my 2013 Camino will enhance my life even more.
Ultreia ~ Arlene