2 1/2 weeks left. Crazy! Once I hit June, my mental state shifted. I became pretty nervous! The worry-wart/ perfectionist popped in and started getting all fussy about things. I decided this week to put my main attention on el Camino and to get some “last-minute” things accomplished this minute, so that I might feel a little calmer. And it worked. I feel much better already.
I have all of my supplies now except for some of my blister kit, some shower shoes, and plastic bags to protect my belongings in case of moisture. I’ve contacted my credit and debit card companies, and they are set to go except that I’m waiting to get confirmation of my pin. I looked into my flight and first night, and I see that my stopover isn’t nearly as long as I’d thought (just a few hours), and I’ll be arriving in France in the afternoon of the 27th. I also looked into first night stays and joined a few Facebook groups, including “American Pilgrims on the Camino.” They gave me great advice about a possible hostel (or albergue for Spain or gite for France). I just applied for a reservation, and it sounds inexpensive and lovely, so I’m hoping I’ll get accepted. As far as transportation from the airport to my first place of stay, I’m looking into Express Bourricot. The only thing is it could be a bit pricey if it’s just me: Price /1 person= 84,00 € 2 people = 42,00 3 people = € 28,00 4 people = € 21,00. They try to group people together, though, so I’m going to put my attention on there being at least one other person who joins me. As soon as I have a confirmed place of stay, I’ll book the transportation as well.
I’ve gotten off the horse as far as physical prep, but I got back on this morning. I walked 2 hours with my sister (5-6 miles). My mom gave me an extra pedometer that she had, and with the 2-hour walk today plus regular movement, I am currently at 19, 250 steps for the day! One of the Facebook group members was talking about prep and said to walk 2 long days back-to-back at a time, with a days rest in between. It suggested walking at least 6 miles a day. Well, my “long” days have been 6 miles, so it’s time to up my game again. I plan to walk at least an hour every day for the last 18 days, and this Sunday I will be walking for 5 hours (nearly how long I’ll be walking daily on el Camino).
I had a wonderful “mini-Camino” this past weekend. I took a road trip down to Texas to be at the wedding of two people who I love very, very much. I road down with a very good friend who I got to reconnect with on the way. She shared some of her favorite recordings, including Abraham Hicks and a few interviews with Robert Schwartz. The learnings, the conversations, and a beautiful reunion all caused a shift in me. I began to get the feeling that this weekend was maybe the “mini-Camino” I was needing. It’s all about the journey, right?
I look forward to all of the little and “big” journeys ahead, and I wish you wonderful journeys as well!
Much love, many blessings. ❤