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Waka

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After six months of planning I will be leaving home on Friday to start the CF on Sunday morning. My feelings are mixed, on the one hand I'm very excited, yet I am also apprehensive about the journey ahead. I woke up this morning and had this feeling of self doubt, considering I'm a confident person I found this very strange.
Well there's no going back now (I've told the other half that I'm off), so Sunday morning I'll be heading for Orrison for the night.

I'd like to thank everyone on the forum who has given me advice and helped in any way. Without this help I would have struggled to get to where I am.

I hope to see other pilgrims from the September contingent on the way, I'll be the old slow guy that everyone is passing.

Buen Camino.
 
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Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
Apprehensive?? From being a month + away from home, from preparing to waalk 750 + kilometers, with bunches of people you have never seen before speaking languages you have never heard before? What, Me Worry?
Buen Camino! You are going to love every minute of it!
 
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Waka

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Some but not all, and other routes too.
Guys thanks for the kind words, I guess I'll feel a lot better when I'm sitting on the deck at Orrison Sunday afternoon.
I know (in my mind) that I.m fit enough and have the stamina to lug my backpack from SJ to eternity, but a lot of times in life when you slip over that 60 barrier the mind is strong but the body is weak.
I don't have a finish date for the journey or a return plane ticket, I have mentioned to my better half that I should be home in 6 or 7 weeks, the journey will take as long as it takes, the rest days will be when my body tells me ( wonder how long I can stay in Roncesvalles :D).
So am I worried, you bet I am, but hopefully I'll meet others who are as scared as I am. I have to say encouragement from experienced pilgrims is, like this forum, so very helpful.
 

DanielH

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September 2015 (SJPP to Burgos)
September 2016 (Burgos to Villafranca del Bierzo)
May 2017 (Villafranca del Bierzo to Santiago de Compostela)
Guys thanks for the kind words, I guess I'll feel a lot better when I'm sitting on the deck at Orrison Sunday afternoon.
I know (in my mind) that I.m fit enough and have the stamina to lug my backpack from SJ to eternity, but a lot of times in life when you slip over that 60 barrier the mind is strong but the body is weak.
I don't have a finish date for the journey or a return plane ticket, I have mentioned to my better half that I should be home in 6 or 7 weeks, the journey will take as long as it takes, the rest days will be when my body tells me ( wonder how long I can stay in Roncesvalles :D).
So am I worried, you bet I am, but hopefully I'll meet others who are as scared as I am. I have to say encouragement from experienced pilgrims is, like this forum, so very helpful.
Buen Camino Waka! You will be fine without the limitations and pressures of a finish date or return plane ticket. What a great to begin. Wishing you a wonderful adventure!!
Daniel
 
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Volker_

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2015
so Sunday morning I'll be heading for Orrison for the night. [...]
I hope to see other pilgrims from the September contingent on the way, I'll be the old slow guy that everyone is passing

Buen Camino, Waka! I'll be 3 days behind you!
I know the very same feelings, in particular because I'm also starting (travelling to SJPdP) on my own. In my memory I have the saying "The Camino provides" and I hope that everything will be OK and also that I (we) will make it.

All the best to you. Perhaps we meet us somewhere along the way.

cu
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Bobbi

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September 3 : SJPP to Santiago
Your post is timely for myself as I am experiencing the exact same emotions! And yes I am normally quite confident. Our paths may cross as I am on a similar timeline and giving myself all the time I need and having just crossed the "55" year line my body will need the time. Cheers
 

ArazBC

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SJPdP to Finistere (2015)
Lisbon to Santiago (2017)
Dear Waka,

I am feeling very similar to what you describe. I leave my home in Vancouver, Canada today to start the CF also on Sunday, and also staying in Orrison that night. I hope I may join you in relaxing there in the afternoon to talk about how we're feeling so far with one day under our belts, and to anticipate the wonderful journey that lies ahead.

I am getting emotional even as I type these words. You're right, it doesn't seem real. Safe travels to you, Waka. I have a forum badge on my hot pink Osprey knapsack. Hope to meet you soon.

Best,
Araz
 
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Part frances jun 07/rest frances may- jun 2008/Frances sept-oct 2009/ Sanabres Oct 2010/Frances sept-oct 2011/Aragones Sept-Oct 2012. Hospitalero Sept 2010, Amiga in Pilgrim's Office Oct 2013. Part Primitivo Oct 2013. Portugues from Porto June 2015.
Buen Camino, Waka and to all you others starting the Camino these days!
 
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Peter Fransiscus

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All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
Guys thanks for the kind words, I guess I'll feel a lot better when I'm sitting on the deck at Orrison Sunday afternoon.
I know (in my mind) that I.m fit enough and have the stamina to lug my backpack from SJ to eternity, but a lot of times in life when you slip over that 60 barrier the mind is strong but the body is weak.
I don't have a finish date for the journey or a return plane ticket, I have mentioned to my better half that I should be home in 6 or 7 weeks, the journey will take as long as it takes, the rest days will be when my body tells me ( wonder how long I can stay in Roncesvalles :D).
So am I worried, you bet I am, but hopefully I'll meet others who are as scared as I am. I have to say encouragement from experienced pilgrims is, like this forum, so very helpful.
Hi Waka, you will do just fine. It's normal that you are a bit worried, after your first steps on your journey it's over.
And your stay at the albergue Orisson you will enjoy it. At night after the evening meal everyone will introduce him / here self to the other pilgrims. I loved it and so will you. I wish you all the best on your journey and a Buen Camino, Peter.
 

Peter Fransiscus

Be a Rainbow in someone else's cloud.
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All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
Dear Waka,

I am feeling very similar to what you describe. I leave my home in Vancouver, Canada today to start the CF also on Sunday, and also staying in Orrison that night. I hope I may join you in relaxing there in the afternoon to talk about how we're feeling so far with one day under our belts, and to anticipate the wonderful journey that lies ahead.

I am getting emotional even as I type these words. You're right, it doesn't seem real. Safe travels to you, Waka. I have a forum badge on my hot pink Osprey knapsack. Hope to meet you soon.

Best,
Araz
Hi Araz, I wish you a experience of a lifetime and a Buen Camino, Peter.
 

Peter Fransiscus

Be a Rainbow in someone else's cloud.
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All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
Your post is timely for myself as I am experiencing the exact same emotions! And yes I am normally quite confident. Our paths may cross as I am on a similar timeline and giving myself all the time I need and having just crossed the "55" year line my body will need the time. Cheers
Hi Bobbi, you will do fine. You are not alone , you will meet plenty of pilgrims along your journey.
Wish you a great journey and a Buen Camino, Peter.
 

Waka

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Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement.
 
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After six months of planning I will be leaving home on Friday to start the CF on Sunday morning. My feelings are mixed, on the one hand I'm very excited, yet I am also apprehensive about the journey ahead. I woke up this morning and had this feeling of self doubt, considering I'm a confident person I found this very strange.
Well there's no going back now (I've told the other half that I'm off), so Sunday morning I'll be heading for Orrison for the night.

I'd like to thank everyone on the forum who has given me advice and helped in any way. Without this help I would have struggled to get to where I am.

I hope to see other pilgrims from the September contingent on the way, I'll be the old slow guy that everyone is passing.

Buen Camino.
I was feeling exactly the way you are just yesterday morning. Just arrived in Pamplona and will bus to SJPDP tomorrow. Have already met three wonderful women, all traveling alone. But as one kind member pointed out, there is no "alone" on the Camino. Have the time of your life!
 

ricitosdeplata

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09/2015: Via de la Plata
Sounds very normal to have those pre camino jitters. Add me to the list. I'm leaving 1 week after you. Buen Camino! Si se puede! (Keep repeating this to myself too)
 

Robo

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CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(May 2018)
VdlP (2022?)
After six months of planning I will be leaving home on Friday to start the CF on Sunday morning. My feelings are mixed, on the one hand I'm very excited, yet I am also apprehensive about the journey ahead. I woke up this morning and had this feeling of self doubt, considering I'm a confident person I found this very strange.
Well there's no going back now (I've told the other half that I'm off), so Sunday morning I'll be heading for Orrison for the night.

I'd like to thank everyone on the forum who has given me advice and helped in any way. Without this help I would have struggled to get to where I am.

I hope to see other pilgrims from the September contingent on the way, I'll be the old slow guy that everyone is passing.

Buen Camino.

Self doubt as the time nears ? Come on! ;) I wonder who else might have felt that? Probably all of us first timers :)

I've got some summary videos on my Blog on this page. Check out Video 1 'The Beginning' http://robscamino.com/camino-de-santiago-video-series/

That first day was probably one of the best. The realisation that I was 'actually here' doing what I had planned for 18 months and that I was no longer watching a movie about the Camino..... I was actually walking 'my' Camino. You will be walking on air!

Buen Camino :)
 
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Normt

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Past: Sept-Oct 2015. SJDP - Santiago
Waka, I have had the same thoughts and apprehensions . I'm leaving Saint Jean on the 15th. Then I remember I've had that feeling before. I'm 68 and my mind thinks it's ready it just doesn't know if the body is :)). However, like you, I have an open schedule so I'm just going to pace myself and enjoy the journey....

Buen Camino,
 

tomnorth

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Camino Frances: September 24 - October 31 (2015)
After six months of planning I will be leaving home on Friday to start the CF on Sunday morning. My feelings are mixed, on the one hand I'm very excited, yet I am also apprehensive about the journey ahead. I woke up this morning and had this feeling of self doubt, considering I'm a confident person I found this very strange.
Well there's no going back now (I've told the other half that I'm off), so Sunday morning I'll be heading for Orrison for the night.

I'd like to thank everyone on the forum who has given me advice and helped in any way. Without this help I would have struggled to get to where I am.

I hope to see other pilgrims from the September contingent on the way, I'll be the old slow guy that everyone is passing.

Buen Camino.
I leave in three weeks. Color me excited and apprehensive too.
 

West Coaster

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Camino Frances May-June 2015
I just put a coating of dubbin on my hiking boots, sharpened my telescopic snorer poker and have them packed. Two more days of work, then I leave Vancouver for CDG on Saturday. I'll be starting off in SJPDP on Monday Sept 14th and staying over night at the refuge Orisson.
Once I step on the plane, anything that happens from that point on - good or bad will just be an adventure. I'm getting excited.

Buen Camino
John
 
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Past? Not enough.
Future? Sure!
Hi Waka,

Remember when you were a child on a water slide?
It's now the same: you are gone and the Camino is driving you! No way back!
So enjoy and take the time to wonder everything.

Buen Camino, Jacques-D.
 

Seabird

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CF April/May (2016), starting in St. Palais, France
I just put a coating of dubbin on my hiking boots, sharpened my telescopic snorer poker and have them packed. Two more days of work, then I leave Vancouver for CDG on Saturday. I'll be starting off in SJPDP on Monday Sept 14th and staying over night at the refuge Orisson.
Once I step on the plane, anything that happens from that point on - good or bad will just be an adventure. I'm getting excited.

Buen Camino
John
Woo hoo! Buen Camino John!
 
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