Well I made it through the first day walking the 22 km to Zubiri. It was a fairly challenging day with lots of climbing and a rough, steep descent at the end. No blisters though I have a couple of hotspots under my big toes.
Last night I got little sleep, maybe four hours, as I just couldn’t convince my body that it was time to sleep. I was the last into bed around ten and I had forgotten to take my melatonin. By the time I remembered it I realized that if I went digging into my bag and crackled around in the plastic bags contining such things I’d likely wake everyone up. So I just willed myself to sleep.
That doesn’t work. Eventually I had to get up and make my way across the way to the washroom so when I came back I took the chance and found the pill. After about half an hour (1:30) I managed to sleep until 5:30. Though I’m not an early riser I was more than ready to get up when others started stirring at 6:30. I was on the trail at 7:30 about half an hour before sunrise.
It it was a very beautiful day, though cold at first. The mountainous country is both similar to and different from the BC interior, gorgeous country with plenty of woodland trail. I soon got talking to a cockney fellow with a lot of Aussie in his accent. We traveled together for much of the day. I don’t think we had a lot in common but I found it interesting to get to know him. He’s only walking for a week and will,pick up next year for another week and so on.
People often ask each other why they are doing the Camino. My friend is almost 42 and his reasons come from a different time of life than mine. I don’t know that I would even have considered such a thing at his age.
After we stopped for lunch I told him that it was my intention to walk in solitude for some time each day, which was true so we parted.
I’m now in a brand new, private albergue which is beautiful, with a lovely proprietor who also offered us a wonderful dinner at a reasonable price. (Boy, that’s a lot of adjectives in one sentence.) It was great to sit down with all the guests at once to eat and talk.
I am delighted with my pack and do not find carrying 20 lb. a burden. I am optimistic about the journey and looking forward to tomorrow.