Day 23, Portomarin to Palas De Rei (by taxi for Al)
Buenos Dias to a spectacular Monday, May 25, 2015.
Hans and Marty are up 06:30 and loading packs for the days walk. They gotta be envious of my day -- I'd know by end of day. Apparently I coughed a lot last night - sorry guys. The good news it feels like it broke so hopeful it is gone. My eyes are back to normal - no runny eyes last night. Its weird waking up with eyes stuck shut until you clear away crusty stuff!
I had choice of bus or taxi. The bus, approx 10 euros, involved a switch and as best I could determine would not get to next destination until late afternoon. I chose taxi for 25 euros. Pick up in just over an hour.
What a glorious morning -- enjoyed a couple of coffees while reading news and sports and occasional chat with other pilgrims in the cafe. This is only 3rd such morning in the past month. The taxi picks me up and we are off to Palas De Rei. I'm so happy I picked taxi as he follows Camino route which tracks along this small paved road. It us about 25 minute ride and I pass dozens of walkers. I feel great,
I'm thinking it smart to put some reasonable planning into a trip this long. I didn't - just showed up and started walking - at times marching day after day. Whether you are alone or in a group (more important for group) one should think about what you want to accomplish and how you will go about executing the plan. Obviously it should include some contingency/alternatives. Im not suggesting a daily plan just broad goals and strategies. In our case we did not spend any time talking about individual goals or group goals. I believe the overall experience will be enhanced by some upfront work. For the most part we fell into early morning marches - as it seems many do. Without the planning - it can turn into a grind instead of a vacation. There will still be many good memories and experiences -- there could have been many more. I will wonder about what I missed - left untouched.
It leaves me wondering how many other things in life I just worked through without stopping to really 'smell the roses' ? I am so happy I had the few hours in Pamplona and then the time in Logrono and some time in Burgos.
In Sarria, Marty and I chatted to two ladies doing the Camino together. Claire was from northern England and Carol from Quebec (near Ottawa). I'm not sure how they know each other -- so different. Claire had severe foot pain from improper footwear but would not change because she had not gotten the value of money spent on them. She seemed generally crusty - has to be a long journey. Carol on the other hand very upbeat and positive. She was in no rush and will find ways to enjoy every moment. She works on womens rights around the developing world. I really enjoyed listening to her experiences and insights. She emphasized the importance of working with different cultures - on their terms - not trying to impose our way on them. I could relate to what she was getting at from the short time I spent in Kenya. This could lead into some interesting debate - for those with open minds.
Well, its 11:15 here and I've enjoyed my 4th coffee this morning and only walked to the taxi and to the toilet. I will do my best to keep repeating for the rest of this fine Monday,