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30th of April – Today is more lonely

30th of April – Today is more lonely

Rob The Traveller

Camino Loneliness?

Today is a very different feeling walking, I wonder why it feels much more lonely.

Perhaps it was because I had a chat with Pat, my wife, on the phone for an hour before I started. We try to chat each day on Skype, and I’m probably missing her company.

Perhaps it’s because I was one of the last to leave Roncesvalles this morning, and so everyone else is ahead of me and I know that no one else is coming up behind me.

 

Roncesvalles to Viscarret

 

The stop tonight will be interesting. I’ll be staying at Viscarret, which is a small village only 12 kilometers from Roncesvalles. I doubt whether many other pilgrims will be staying there, because most will want to walk at least 20 kilometers a day. But it will be interesting to see, maybe there will be other walking wounded staying there tonight as well.

 

Roncesvalles to Viscarret

 

The walk today seems very different because I’m not in the mountains. I’m just walking through pastures, the occasional stream crossing the track, I think I really love the mountains much more.

Familiar Faces.   Meeting and re meeting people as you walk is a really nice part of the Camino.  Leaving Roncesvalles a met very briefly, Mary from Arizona.  Like a 30 sec conversation!   We met again walking up to Alto del Perdon 5 or 6 days later.  And ended up walking together quite a few times.

Also a young couple from the UK I met on Day 1 at Orisson I met over and over for the next 3 weeks.

You get the idea……..   Many Pilgrims end up walking with their ‘Camino Family’ that seems to just happen along the way.  

    4 Comments

  1. i hope you will feel better tomorrow. 🙂

    • Yes. A better day today 🙂

  2. Yes, it gets pretty flat and boring at times Rob, but only 790 Kms to go – I’m sure you’ll do it, would be a shame not to.

  3. A few hills today!

    Starting to get used to the pace now. Trying 20 km tomorrow to pamplona.

    because I walk so slowly compared to most people I’ll start out earlier than I normally do. Breakfast at 6:30.

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