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GettingThere

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Roncesvalles-SdC Apr-Jun 2015
Roncesvalles-Sarria Sep-Oct 2017
#5
You were thinking "Hey, that sounds amazing!" - and you were right! Don't worry, @Gumba - I think almost everyone goes through that last-minute "Aaarrrggghhh what am I doing??!!" phase. All you have to do is get yourself to your starting point, take a deep breath (not too deep - hyperventilating isn't a good way to start) and put one foot in front of the other. Then again. Keep going till you get there (wherever there is, for you), not forgetting to stop for food, liquids and sleep when appropriate! Welcome to Camino-land, Gumba - and a very Buen Camino!!
 

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VNwalking

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Francés (2014, 2015)
St Olav/Francés (2016)
Baztanés/Francés (2017)
Ingles (July 2018)
#7
Your thread title, @Gumba ... Hee heee heeeeee.
We know.
If you're not wondering that at this point, you're either a machine or completely deluded.
But fortunately once you're there in realtime, the thought of "THE WHOLE CAMINO, LIKE 800KMS!!!!!" dissolves and you just go one day at a time one moment at a time. So it all settles down pretty quickly as soon as your shoes meet earth and it's one moment of everyday reality after another after another. And then the experience of the Camino is the whole spectrum, from "What the %&#*) was I thinking!?" to " I never want to leave, ever."
We who have walked, and 'caught the bug' can talk all we want - but you'll see for yourself...
And Buen Camino, peregrino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Sept 16/ 2016. Leon to Santiago . SJPDP to Santiago. (Sept/ Oct 2019 ).
#8
Take a deep breath, and another one. There is no hell on the Camino, just peace and more peace, love and more love, friendship and more friendship, pilgrims and more pilgrims. Enjoy, you have answered the call, you are about to feel life. Ian & Helen
 
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Kanga

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Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid.
#9
It was on the bus from Pamplona to SJPDP that nearly did for me last time I walked from there. Going up, up, up in the bus, and then down, down, down - I was really panicking thinking - why are you doing this again?
But as soon as I started walking all was fine.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2003) Francés, (2014) Francés, (2016) Portugués , (2016) Aragonés, (2018) del Norte
#12
After my first Camino (Francés), I started to think that walking the Camino should be made compulsory. But then I thought, it's crowded enough already. You haven't said where you are starting from, but, if it's SJPdP, it's a shame that the first day is the hardest day, unless you stop at Orisson overnight. But I did it aged 55 with no training at all.
 

Gumba

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March (2018)
#14
Thank you lovely people. Yes, I will be back, telling you all what a wonderful time I am having, I am sure.

Bert - sjpdp by way of Valcarlos
You'll love it I'm sure.

Life is to be lived and this will be one of the most amazing adventures of your life.

Buen Camino
Beautifully said, Lance; beautifully said.

It's 1:11am so I officially leave tomorrow...
 

OzAnnie

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'Portuguese' ' Frances' ' Norte' 'Salvador_prim' ‘le puy’ ‘Inglés’ ‘CDM’ ‘Invierno’ ‘Fin_Mux’
#15
It's 1:11am so I officially leave tomorrow...
Lol, not sleeping well either I see.
Hi Gumba and welcome
It’s daunting for me each time, until I’m on my way.
Unless you suffer from insomnia, you should be asleep much earlier, and ‘feel’ really ‘alive’ like you haven’t felt in a long time.
Buen Camino
Annie
 
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CF (2018)
#17
I was going to start a thread of much the same sentiments. I leave a week tomorrow. What if I:

- get lost
- get robbed
- get blisters
- get injured
- can’t find a bed
- get lonely
- get bored
- hate it
- lose my documents/phone/sanity

But, hey..... I’ve got a plane ticket and some reservations and all this gear, so I may as well go, eh?
 

wisepilgrim

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Many
#18
I was going to start a thread of much the same sentiments. I leave a week tomorrow. What if I:

- get lost
- get robbed
- get blisters
- get injured
- can’t find a bed
- get lonely
- get bored
- hate it
- lose my documents/phone/sanity

But, hey..... I’ve got a plane ticket and some reservations and all this gear, so I may as well go, eh?
Even if all of your IFs came true, I can't help but think you would still come out ahead. After all none of those things have any permanence.
 

VNwalking

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Francés (2014, 2015)
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Ingles (July 2018)
#19
But, hey..... I’ve got a plane ticket and some reservations and all this gear, so I may as well go, eh?
Yup.
[Hee hee. Inner 'edges' are sooooooo much fun.:eek:;) (I'm being ironic, of course. The fantastic thing is that the Camino does a great job of revealing and then demolishing them.):cool:]
 

martin1ws

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From Somport Jul-Sep 2018
#20
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Completed: Camino Frances - Spring'16
Preparing: Camino Frances - Fall ‘23
#21
Flying out in 2 days. What the hell have I signed up for?????? What was I thinking?
I had my "what was I thinking?" moment on my second night while staying in Roncesvalles. But it passes quickly you realize how incredible the adventure ahead of you is.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Santiago de Compestela in May(2016)
#24
We've all had the "Why did I want to do this?" moment a day or so before we set off. Most of us, when trudging through the rain also had "What is the point of this?" moment or two, but in the two years since I did my first camino I have thought about the joy I had, the people I met, the places I walked through and the fact that I want to do another sometime soon on an almost daily basis. I've still got all the kit and I now know the ropes so it would be an easy run, not that I found it too difficult last time. I was 61 when I set off and didn't do that much preparation in advance. Just some long walks in South Yorkshire and the Derbyshire Peak District. Buen Camino.
 

Jacobus

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CF 2008 2009, 2014
Del Norte 2011. Portuguese 2015, 2017Ingles 2015 Fisterre 2015.
Camino??? 2018
#28
I was going to start a thread of much the same sentiments. I leave a week tomorrow. What if I:

- get lost
- get robbed
- get blisters
- get injured
- can’t find a bed
- get lonely
- get bored
- hate it
- lose my documents/phone/sanity

But, hey..... I’ve got a plane ticket and some reservations and all this gear, so I may as well go, eh?
Spoken like a true Canadian eh?
 

Findjoy

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Way of St James (2018)
#30
Flying out in 2 days. What the hell have I signed up for?????? What was I thinking?
Flying out in 2 days. What the hell have I signed up for?????? What was I thinking?
Thanks for posting this honest question and for the amazing replies that follow........ I fly out on the 27th to begin, have been training for over 12 months....and feel a bit sick at the thought of it all. A bit scared......BUT that seems normal and everyone, it would seem experiences it.....so I'll see you on the Camino! Buen Camino!
 
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StJPdP to Santigo 18/09/17 - 16/10/17
Santiago to Muxia to Finisterre 18/10/17 - 22/10/17
#31
Just think of all those poor people who will never take the chance on this amazing experience. At the end when you reach the cathedral you'll be so glad you rose to the challenge and this will enhance everything else you do for the rest of your life.
Remember to walk one day at a time and if a glitch happens (as it always does in real life) take a deep breath and relax, it will work out.
We start walking again on the 14th April and nerves is part and parcel of the preparation. Buen Camino and enjoy!
 
#32
I was going to start a thread of much the same sentiments. I leave a week tomorrow. What if I:

- get lost
- get robbed
- get blisters
- get injured
- can’t find a bed
- get lonely
- get bored
- hate it
- lose my documents/phone/sanity

But, hey..... I’ve got a plane ticket and some reservations and all this gear, so I may as well go, eh?
"What if," is the fuel of procrastination. Now, look over the list as it is written;

- get lost (Find your way back through talking with people, making new friends)
- get robbed (Do not be seen as a target. Even this can be an adventure. But not one that is ever welcome.)
- get blisters (I would never wish them on anyone, except robbers, maybe. Listen to your feet, heed their warnings and there should never be blisters, and there is another adventure.)
- get injured (Been there, done that and coming back in about 7 weeks. Yup, another adventure, we survive.)
- can't find a bed (Become creative. What is the immediate need? Ask a question. Sleep in a church? Find a farmer with a barn? Another adventure and chance to find new friends.)
- get lonely? How can anyone get lonely on the Camino? Relish the quiet times in God's World. Out there, no one is ever really alone. In my toughest times, I would walk and pray, "God, I place myself in the palm of your hand. I know that you love me and will care for me as I need. My pilgrimage is to honour you and my parents."
- get bored. (It is possible but with so many new people coming in and out of existence as you go, not likely.)
- hate it (Also possible. Something has drawn you to the Camino. I think you will enjoy yourself immensely. Remember, it is not a race. It is the Camino, taken one step at a time, and whatever comes with it.)
- lose my documents/phone/sanity ( Keep a copy of docs in a ziplock bag in your pack. If the phone gets lost, maybe there is a reason. Burner / prepaid phones are available everywhere. Everything is replaceable, even sanity.)

All topics are where the Camino can provide, as long as it is allowed to do so, when needed. It is pretty efficient in its actions.

Hope this helps. I wish I was leaving in a few days.
 

Chrisp

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Camino Frances: 2014
EPW: 2015
Portuguese Camino: 2016
TMB: 2016
Rota Vicentina: 2017
#36
How many people must have thought that, myself included! I just wanted to get on a return flight and go back home. Fear not, you may be going by yourself but you’ll never be alone. I met so many wonderful people from the start and it was the most fantastic experience of my life. Buen Camino have a fantastic time ‍♀️
 
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CF Sept/Oct 2013
CF April/May 2016
#38
I was going to start a thread of much the same sentiments. I leave a week tomorrow. What if I:

- get lost
- get robbed
- get blisters
- get injured
- can’t find a bed
- get lonely
- get bored
- hate it
- lose my documents/phone/sanity

But, hey..... I’ve got a plane ticket and some reservations and all this gear, so I may as well go, eh?
- If you get lost, enjoy the journey.
- If you get robbed (God forbid), they probably need it more then you do.
- If you get blisters tend to them by using your blister kit you brought just in case.
- If you get injured, rest.
- If you can't find a bed, keep walking until you do or splurge for a hotel with the extra money you budgeted for such an emergency.
- If you get lonely, open up and talk to other pilgrims.
- If you get bored, open up and talk to other pilgrims.
- If you hate it, then it was never in your heart to begin with.
- If you lose your documents/phone/sanity then you're not paying attention.

Trust in the arrows and keep walking, Buen Camino.
 

Gumba

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March (2018)
#40
Just an update - currently in Zubiri. Yesterday was hard, a lot of snow fall and rain - really tough walk but amazing sense of achievement when we finished. Heavy snow again today - beautiful! Heavy cold rain, not so good. Our 9 year old walked through what he thought was a little puddle and all of a sudden he was up to his knees in icy cold water. Walked to the nearest town to get a taxi the last 8km (we had a booking in Zubiri). No way could we let him walk after that. To be honest I was secretly glad to call it a day! Having said all that, I am no longer rocking and enjoying the expeience 2 days in :)
 
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CF Sept/Oct 2013
CF April/May 2016
#41
Gumba, I know right were you are and yes the first few days are tough. Even tougher in winter weather, something I would not do but more power to you and your family. I live in the USA NorthWest and have plenty of winter here.

So happy to hear you are no longer rocking and you'll keep on walking.
WooHoo!! Buen Camino!!:cool:
 
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CF (2018)
#42
I just checked the weather - it’s currently snowing in St Jean, but the forecast for Thursday, when I start, is cold but sunny and dry. Friday, however, Valcarlos is showing 80% probability of rain. I think I will dress in wet weather gear.

I just got an “all the best” phone call from family, during which I said I was terrified. Afterwards, my husband said that if I was terrified, I didn’t have to go..... I could wait and fly out with him and our friends and just walk from O Cebreiro.

But where’s the fun in that? Not going to let a bit of apprehension disrupt my plans.
 

Micha

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2014
Camino portugues this coming May
#43
Flying out in 2 days. What the hell have I signed up for?????? What was I thinking?
I'm so jealous. i did my first Camino in 2014 and i was asking myself this question in SPDP.

i will do the Camino Portuguese in May and i cant wait.

it has been to long.

the Camino leaves you with a longing that cant be described.

Good Luck to you
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Santiago (2018)
We start in SJPDP on May 21, 3018
#45
I'm so glad I saw this post! We leave in less than two months and I'm already scared... but going! RevBarbaraG you forgot to list... what if I didn't save enough money and can't eat the last few days
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2018)
#46
RevBarbaraG you forgot to list... what if I didn't save enough money and can't eat the last few days
Very unlikely, but that’s what the credit card is for. I am blessed to receive a grant towards the cost of my sabbatical, and was also given a gift by one church member ‘for the unexpected expenses you will incur’

Isn’t there a posh hotel in Santiago which feeds pilgrims for free?
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2003) Francés, (2014) Francés, (2016) Portugués , (2016) Aragonés, (2018) del Norte
#47
"Isn’t there a posh hotel in Santiago which feeds pilgrims for free?" - yes, it's the parador next to the cathedral. But they only feed 10 pilgrims for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In my experience, lunch is much better than dinner. Some days there could be a queue out the door, if the first 10 people didn't tell the latecomers that they were too late; other days there might not even be 10 people there. I can't remember the times that you need to be there, but there is a notice on the door (or the wall) that explains everything. You need to have your credencial (or your compostela) with you, and you are only supposed to get three free meals.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Santiago (2018)
We start in SJPDP on May 21, 3018
#48
Very unlikely, but that’s what the credit card is for. I am blessed to receive a grant towards the cost of my sabbatical, and was also given a gift by one church member ‘for the unexpected expenses you will incur’

Isn’t there a posh hotel in Santiago which feeds pilgrims for free?
Oh the one I suggested was for me .. lol. Just one more worry to push to the back of my brain. I am actually so excited!
 
Camino(s) past & future
April-May 2018
#49
This thread popped up when I logged on today. We fly out to Barcelona tomorrow. Excited and yes, a little scared. Helpful to see that those of you who had these same feelings are making it. I'm looking forward to being done with planning and making decisions. Thanks so much for the support from everyone.
 

Peter Fransiscus

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All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
#50
This thread popped up when I logged on today. We fly out to Barcelona tomorrow. Excited and yes, a little scared. Helpful to see that those of you who had these same feelings are making it. I'm looking forward to being done with planning and making decisions. Thanks so much for the support from everyone.
You both will have a wonderfull time walking .
Meeting lots of Pilgrims and making friends for live .

Wish you well and a Buen Camino , Peter .
 
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