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Still Longing to Return

2020 Camino Guides

Penny Kingma

M.S. Can't Stop Me !
Camino(s) past & future
May 29th to July 4th 2016
SJPDP to Santiago
And many, many more I pray
All day yesterday the urge to book a flight for a May 2020 return was so strong.
Strangely at 2pm a memory popped up on Facebook. It turned out that Jan 8th was the day I booked my flight to Paris for my Camino 4 years ago.
As you all know I dislocated my hips waterskiing a week after returning home from my Camino in July 2016. Since I’ve had both hips and both knees replaced in 4 surgeries in less than 13 months. My last replacement will be a year old on March 7th.
I walked my first Camino a year after being diagnosed with a Multiple Sclerosis. Now 4 years later that diagnosis is in question. I’ve since been diagnosed with Lyme disease and 3 co Lyme diseases. The worst of those Babasia a malaria type infection.
All of these things are causing great pain and physical limitations. Recently being diagnosed with Lyme arthritis worse in my spine but causing havoc all through my joints.
Still with all this the pull to return this May is so strong and hard to explain.
I’m still trying to work on my husbands fears of me going. He can’t come due to work. The first I did on my own....and I truly have no fears or reservations on doing it alone again.
Part of me feels it’s a now or never thing ❤
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
...
Still with all this the pull to return this May is so strong and hard to explain.
I’m still trying to work on my husbands fears of me going. He can’t come due to work. The first I did on my own....and I truly have no fears or reservations on doing it alone again.
Part of me feels it’s a now or never thing ❤
I think you have already given yourself the answer ;-) Buen Camino!
SY
 

Peterk

Member
Camino(s) past & future
April 2016
2017, April 2019
Inspirational... and I was wondering if I should book flights because of a bit of a sore knee! See you along the Way, if you walk or not.
 

J Willhaus

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 CF;
Hospitalera, Zamora 2017, Hospitalera Grañón 2018, Hospitalera Estella 2019
Penny,
We are not going until winter this year because Phil is pending a shoulder replacement. Maybe chose a shorter or a different segment and allow plenty of time for your body to participate? I look forward to your posts along the way.
Janet
 

Ekelund

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
“It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.” Rumi
You are an inspiration. Let us know what you decide to do.
 

Penny Kingma

M.S. Can't Stop Me !
Camino(s) past & future
May 29th to July 4th 2016
SJPDP to Santiago
And many, many more I pray
Still haven’t convinced my husband yet.
I’ve decided to continue walking with my Camino sticks and continue to regain strength. Hopefully by showing him my ability and continued determination he’ll accept and agree.
Yesterday I purchased new merino wool underthings, two merino long sleeved shirts and two sun protection long sleeved cotton shirts. These to replace what I wore on my last Camino. My Camino pants from last time will work again. Also a wide brimmed sun hat I wished I had last time.
So when he says Honey .....Do It ....I’ll be ready.
Thankyou for all of the kind words.
I’ll keep you posted. 😉👣❤
 

Liana

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CP Central July 25, 2015
CP Coastal July, 5, 2016
Burgos to Santiago, Sept 2018
CP Central 6/2020
Still haven’t convinced my husband yet.
I’ve decided to continue walking with my Camino sticks and continue to regain strength. Hopefully by showing him my ability and continued determination he’ll accept and agree.
Yesterday I purchased new merino wool underthings, two merino long sleeved shirts and two sun protection long sleeved cotton shirts. These to replace what I wore on my last Camino. My Camino pants from last time will work again. Also a wide brimmed sun hat I wished I had last time.
So when he says Honey .....Do It ....I’ll be ready.
Thankyou for all of the kind words.
I’ll keep you posted. 😉👣❤
I am praying for you to make the right choice. I sympathize with your ailments and longing to return to the camino. Can't say I've had your injuries, but.......had a brain tumor as a teen, hit by a car 12 yrs ago and in a wheelchair for 5 months, fractured my hip on 2nd camino and just finished by 3rd last year. If God is allowing me to walk another camino I will. I am walking my 4th in June (CP) and you are very welcome to join me, I now walk at a slower pace and less mileage, I've got 2 1/2 weeks to walk from Porto to Santiago and not afraid to bus/ride if my body is telling me to! Blessings and Bom Caminho my friend!
 

Jim

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2006- Camino Portuguese
2008- Camino Frances
2009- Sanabres extension of the VDLP
2010- Camino Frances
2011- Camino Potuguese
2014- Camino Frances
2017- Camino Finisterre
Penny.
Loved reading your story. I had also been diagnosed with maladies, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia in my case. I will be embarking on my 9th camino adventure in late April.
 

Jim

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2006- Camino Portuguese
2008- Camino Frances
2009- Sanabres extension of the VDLP
2010- Camino Frances
2011- Camino Potuguese
2014- Camino Frances
2017- Camino Finisterre
Penny-- message got away from me. God bless your efforts and please post about any plans and progress you have made.
 

Phil W

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2016; Hospitalero 2017, 2018
Hi Penny,
Ever since we met on the Camino in 2016 you have been an inspiration. I suspect that you will be able to convince your husband that you can and will return for another Camino. Keep us all posted as you continue to train and definitely when you walk another Camino.
Phil
 

Penny Kingma

M.S. Can't Stop Me !
Camino(s) past & future
May 29th to July 4th 2016
SJPDP to Santiago
And many, many more I pray
Hi Penny,
Ever since we met on the Camino in 2016 you have been an inspiration. I suspect that you will be able to convince your husband that you can and will return for another Camino. Keep us all posted as you continue to train and definitely when you walk another Camino.
Phil
I have very fond memories of meeting you both in 2016 .
Buen Camino ❤👣
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020? Hopefully Via de Bayona/Burgos to Ponferrada/Camino de Invierno
You go woman! Keep up the training and see you soon in Santiago!
BC SY
I second that! Go for it!
As you know, it isn’t a wilderness hike. Should you need help, you will get it In Spain.
Besides, we only have one life in this world 😉
 

Penny Kingma

M.S. Can't Stop Me !
Camino(s) past & future
May 29th to July 4th 2016
SJPDP to Santiago
And many, many more I pray
Hello everyone,
Well yesterday I sent out a message to my husband and children.
Friday May 22 2020 I plan to fly to Paris
May 23 2020 travel by train to St Jean du Port
May 25 2020 start my Camino
July 9 hoping my husband will fly in to meet me in Santiago to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary. ❤
I hope and pray to see you all then.
Buen Camino 👣❤👣
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
Well done! Buen Camino and say hello when you are in Santiago!
SY
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Hello everyone,
Well yesterday I sent out a message to my husband and children.
Friday May 22 2020 I plan to fly to Paris
May 23 2020 travel by train to St Jean du Port
May 25 2020 start my Camino
July 9 hoping my husband will fly in to meet me in Santiago to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary. ❤
I hope and pray to see you all then.
Buen Camino 👣❤👣
Penny, you have just added yourself to my list of names for the flames of my morning candle time...
 

Liana

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CP Central July 25, 2015
CP Coastal July, 5, 2016
Burgos to Santiago, Sept 2018
CP Central 6/2020
Praying for your health and safety Penny, but I know that God will be with you! Ultreia
 

Zoran K.

ZK1107
Camino(s) past & future
CF - SJPDP to Santiago 1st - 29th July 2018
CF - SJPDP to Santiago 25th June - 22nd July 2019
All day yesterday the urge to book a flight for a May 2020 return was so strong.
Strangely at 2pm a memory popped up on Facebook. It turned out that Jan 8th was the day I booked my flight to Paris for my Camino 4 years ago.
As you all know I dislocated my hips waterskiing a week after returning home from my Camino in July 2016. Since I’ve had both hips and both knees replaced in 4 surgeries in less than 13 months. My last replacement will be a year old on March 7th.
I walked my first Camino a year after being diagnosed with a Multiple Sclerosis. Now 4 years later that diagnosis is in question. I’ve since been diagnosed with Lyme disease and 3 co Lyme diseases. The worst of those Babasia a malaria type infection.
All of these things are causing great pain and physical limitations. Recently being diagnosed with Lyme arthritis worse in my spine but causing havoc all through my joints.
Still with all this the pull to return this May is so strong and hard to explain.
I’m still trying to work on my husbands fears of me going. He can’t come due to work. The first I did on my own....and I truly have no fears or reservations on doing it alone again.
Part of me feels it’s a now or never thing ❤
YOU ARE AMAZING and inspiration to us all!! I walked CF 2018 and 2019 and planning to walk Portugese or Via Francigena (Lucca to Rome) as we speak. Once Camino gets your heart it never leaves it. I even enjoy it more now as my sweetheart is joining me for a weeks walk when she can. Good luck and keep on posting.
 

rometimed

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(SJPdP: 2015, June2020!) (Eng Way: 2015)
AWESOME!! :D
I will be finishing my 2nd Camino Frances a couple of weeks prior.

BUEN CAMINO
 

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