El Camino: Arzua to Pedrouzo

Today’s trek: Arzua to Pedrouzo

Today’s walk was not remarkable other than the knowledge that it is the second to last walk of our trip. 

I spent the day with Lisa from Switzerland laughing and encouraging each other to go just a little more. We rested once but spent most of the time in line waiting to use the bathroom. 

The last few days have been much more crowded on the trail than any days prior. There were school groups (30-12 year old boys), groups of women traveling as family, buses of people walking  only portions of the days schedule then being driven to the next convenient crossing of trail and road so they can walk a little further, and people being followed by support vehicles so they can have food and drink at will. 

The silence of the trail is practically gone. 

Each rock represents a sorrow left behind by a pilgrim.

Tomorrow we will walk into Santiago.  I don’t know how to describe my feelings because I don’t know what I’m feeling. 

Curiously, I am (besides incredulous that we are about 18km away from our goal destination) still missing that feeling of transformation. 

I think in part I feel a sense of confirmation about being a person that is goal oriented. I feel mentally healthier than I have in a very long time. I have met and had very, very deep conversations with a few young people (mid twenties) that reaffirm my affinity for working with teens and young adults. I have reconnected with my spiritual (probably religious) side.  Overall, I’m proud of myself and in awe of Judy. 

But it’s not over yet. We have one more day. There’s no celebration yet. But tomorrow..?  

Oh, tomorrow!

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Siempre pa’ adelante!

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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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