I do not tire of walking the same parts of the Camino over and over because it is never the same. The people are different, I am different, the landscape is different. Yet at the same time it is like visiting an old friend. We have each aged a little, had some good and bad things happen, but we pick up right where we left off even if we haven't seen each other for years.
I have long believed that if the Camino had a theme song it would be The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want". And as anyone born before 2000 knows, the next line is "but if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need." Every single walk I have felt that I got what I needed, although sometimes it took a while to figure it out.
And so it begins. My umpteenth walk on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. I am mentally ready but physically not where I need to be to effortlessly walk 10 miles a day. But prep time is up! Off I go!
Written by 2015 Duperier's Authentic Journeys Pilgrim Howard Samms, this article recounts his experience on the Camino.
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