El Camino: Los Arcos to Logroño

Today’s Trek: Los Arcos to Logroño

Hiking can teach you a lot. Especially when you have to hike through the mud. There’s strategy to consider: do I tip toe? Use sticks or not? Hop over it? Walk around it or just walk through it?

I thought about this a lot this morning.

Yesterday, we were advised that there would be rain through the entire day. Most of the trails are natural earthen paths that can become muddy. The rest of the paths are either road or stamped cement walkways that are somewhat steep and with loose gravel rain might result in slippage or an actual fall.

We know of a woman who fell a while back. She ended up in a hospital and received 60 stitches to her forehead. She has returned to finish her walk to Santiago.

Given everything, Judy and I decided to send our packs over to the next stop so that at least we wouldn’t have the added weight to contend with.

We got up earlier than usual, ate breakfast and began our walk. The day was a pleasant one and not too hot. But it didn’t rain a single drop. I kept thanking God for the great weather even as we scraped mud off our shoes from the previous night’s downpour.

I lamented that I didn’t have my camera. Since I was worried about getting it wet I sent it on ahead.

I lamented that I wasn’t carrying my pack.

Finally after walking over 17 miles we found our lodging and I removed my boots. My blisters, while still there, didn’t worsen. The choices I made in caring for them the night before seemed to work. The fact that I carried less weight helped as well.

Grateful beyond words I gave thanks and decided on a strategy for tomorrow.

I scraped the mud off my day and let it go.

Judy bought me a glass of wine to sip while I write. She is already asleep and I’m going there as fast as I can.

There is nothing to be gained by ruminating over things that don’t matter. The fact is I will walk tomorrow… and the next day, until we reach Santiago.

Tomorrow the sun will rise on mud free boots and we will continue on our way.

Siempre pa’ adelante!



About Caro

I am a social worker by training and a peace officer by profession having worked with California’s delinquent youth and young adults for 28 years. I firmly believe that our development as humans depends on our environment and that sometimes we get stuck. As such, I write about those things we sometimes ignore or fail to see until we are forced to pay attention.
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