- Year of past OR future Camino
- August 2013
I am leaving from SJPP on August 23 and have been souring this board for tips. One thing I have learned is that most of my anxiety and searching is really an attempt to gain some control over what basically demands giving up control. The perfect camino is the one I do or the one you do. Another thing I have learned is that the Camino began when I took my first step in training. Today I walked through 400 miles of training, and my confidence has grown steadily. I have also joined a community I did not know existed. It is made up of the people who stop me as I train, curious about this old man with a big blue back pack and walking sticks visible all over the city. Some are the fellow pilgrims who post here. Others are family and friends who are eager to hear me ramble on about what once seemed an impossible and cuckoo idea. I've sent back six pairs of boots (not a good fit) and have settled on my low tops. I've got my gear and so far have kept the load under 20 pounds. And, I've found other people in my community who are also preparing for this journey. All seems so good now, and I am enthusiastic about what is ahead, both before August 23 and after! Buen Camino!