Why am I doing this? No, really, what in the heck was I thinking? I am pretty sure I had the same pre-Camino jitters last year, but having 16 days already under my belt, you would think I would be heading back to Spain with confidence. That is not the case. As I do my final packing, complete my list of work and home tasks to do before I leave, the anxiety is mounting!
I leave tomorrow (Monday) for Madrid and then onto Burgos where I left the Camino after 16 days walking from the beginning of the French Way in St. Jean Pied de Port, France. While I planned to do the Camino over 3 years, it was so hard for me to leave it and the friends I had made along the way last year, that this time I am allowing myself 28 days of walking to get to Santiago de Compostela and hopefully continue to Fisterra or Finisterre depending on if you are speaking Spanish (which sadly I still do not) or English. My walk starts on Wednesday.
I feel better prepared this year even though I trained plenty last year as well so we will see. I am so lucky to have beautiful scenery right out my front door and it makes training every day a joy…something that is now a part of my routine.
Nancy Turner (I fondly call her Coach Turner for all of the great advice she has given me on walking, hiking and trail fashion) and I have taken some amazing walks this summer. The photo above is from the top of the Waitsfield Gap in the Northfield Range. This day we were headed up and over the mountains to Carrier Coffee, a roaster in the village of Northfield. It is always so much easier for me to walk when food and drink is part of the destination.
We also walked to Red Hen Bakery one Saturday. For that, I earned an almond croissant and cappuccino. And there were a couple walks that included a stop at the Warren Store where we not only had breakfast, but also did some clothing shopping.
Regardless of the route, beautiful scenery is consistent here in Vermont. Just stunning. I am so luck to have this beauty literally right in my backyard!
Last weekend, Ray (my husband) and our friend Karl took a hike through the Scrag Town Forest. We are so lucky that our community values preserving land for recreational use.
And yesterday was my final training walk when Ray and I hiked up Mad River Glen. It is part of an annual ritual tied to Siptemberfest, a local beer festival. Usually the single chairlift is running so we hike up and ride down, but that wasn’t the case so we walked down which is a killer on the knees!
But, we were rewarded with some great beers and a fabulous Chicken Bahn Mi from the Mad Taco!
So, Camino here I come. I plan to continue blogging about my adventure as I did last year. I love that people who care about me look forward to reading about my daily trials and tribulations. But most valuable are the stories I had that I could read again and again once I returned.
The Camino can easily become a blur when you are doing the same thing every day for weeks on end. But, it really isn’t the same thing everyday. There are new people, reunions with old friends, interesting places to explore. Keeping a journal in the form of this blog brings it all back to life!