I’m not sure how to layout the events since my last post. So much has happened that a lot will be left out, but I will try to convey this recap the best I can. Due to the lack of wifi or just poor wifi, pictures will not be posted much moving forward…

Our first leg of this journey is only 7k so that the knee can have a day of rest. We luck up and found a great hostel. Stopping short we say goodbye to our friends as they move forward. You form bonds so quickly that there is a bit of sadness parting ways, I soon learn this is a cycle that will continue. We must appreciate the moment and take away what we can, that is greater than the sadness felt as these connections move on…

That night in the hostel we make a whole new set of friends. Our entire room actually spoke English, crazy! Michelle even adopted a new grandma from the village. We ended the night watching the sun set from the top of a mountain, I have to say it was a great day of rest.

We set out the next day to complete the rest of the leg that was planned for the previous day, just over 20k. As the pattern seems to go…our Hostel yesterday was great, now it’s time for one with some issues. The facility was great, but owner was intense. Our new bestie Tib nicknamed him the Albergue Nazi.

This is the day I learn that a dear friend is going to pass unexpectedly. The sorrow was more intense that I was prepared for…thinking of how amazing she was and the loss that her amazing web of family and friends will experience, the sadness of not being able to be there for my friends, feeling so disconnected and just hating that I had not seen her more recently…

Another day, another walk. And then (I know I’ve said this before) the best Hostel ever!!! Huge pool, great bar, we love the staff! The Knee is acting up and Tib’s is as well – so we plan to stay here two nights and not walk the next day. So much fun that night! Met some great people, one of them (my favorite – but don’t tell the others) has a Donkey walking the Camino with him, as well as the best dog ever. We make the decision to have a pool party the next day, so much fun!!!!

We make the decision to night walk and save ourselves from the sun. Well a day of pool partying does not really support this. We get 3k, throw our sleeping bags on the ground and pass out. Up early due to the amount of pilgrims passing us. We lose Tib at lunch and I have to release Michelle as well since my leg is causing me to be a bit slow.

Walking by myself was interesting. Some great reflection, a lot of yelling at my knee, and a great interaction with a beautiful woman selling fruit who had lost her cat (but now it’s found 🙂

Michelle arrives at our destination and then returns with a friend to help carry some of my things and walk back with me. So sweet. This damn knee…

We hang with our pool friends again. These seem to be sticking. We are full on camping now and loving it. We can feel ourselves changing, releasing, focusing, becoming a pilgrim…

I set off early the next morning in an attempt not to slow the others down. I get 3k in and stop to try to eat. Also, my knee is killing me. Eating has become more difficult because my stomach has shrunk. So much meat in everything… But I get some fruit, eggs and potatoes down and start to figure out a plan. Maybe a taxi would be best, but I have no clue how to get one. Worried I can not move forward, I think about setting up camp close by and just finding everyone another day. Not having my best moment…

Around the corner comes Anthony (my fav), Martin (his donkey), and Uno (his dog). He grabs a coffee and comes to sit with me. Soon he’s feeding me Advil, Martin is carrying my stuff and we are heading down the Camino. What you need, the Camino will provide. These three have saved me this day…

Anthony is great company, the pace set by Martin is perfect, Uno checks on the knee consistently – great walk. We set up camp and eventually Michelle and friend met us for a pool party, but the weather has a different plan. So now we have a porch party instead. We are seeing the first rain since we started, and it looks like it will be staying.

We rest all the next day with rain pouring down. Now it is also cold, what has happened! But all is well because our little family is together and happy. Tomorrow we walk in the rain.

Love to all…

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