As I said when I created this blog, it will be a bit quiet leading up to the start of my Camino but I thought it was about time that I came and wrote a few words! An update of what’s been going on I suppose…
A lot has happened recently. I have finished my job a month earlier than I originally thought, which is typical! I could have already been walking by now had I have known how things were going to pan out! But that’s just it isn’t it… We never know how life is going to pan out. All the planning in the world can sometimes count for nothing if just one unexpected thing happens. As it happens, something else has happened that threatened to push my journey back a month or two; I have a hernia that the doctor tells me needs surgically repairing. This would be best done before I begin the Camino but the waiting time and recovery time mean that I would not be able to start until at least a month later than I plan, but more likely two. My doctor has written to the surgeon to try to hurry things up for me but I’m not holding my breath and have decided that rather than push my flight back a month or two, I will stick with my original plans and take a chance. Yes, my hernia could get worse, but there is also a chance that it won’t – and besides, I read somewhere that miracles happen on the Camino…
Some would say that I am perhaps being a bit irresponsible. However, what I don’t want to do is sit around in the UK waiting for an operation, then sit around a bit longer recovering whilst the whole time living off the money that is to get me through the Camino. As well as all that my situation isn’t terribly brilliant at the moment and I just want to get as far away from here as possible (but will settle for Spain)!
On a more positive note, my EHIC and passport have arrived! Yay! Things are starting to come together!
I’ve got my walking boots which are now nicely broken in, my shell, and a pair of walking poles. Since buying the walking poles though I’ve decided that I won’t use them, I’ve done a lot of walking in the past and never needed or wanted any but for some reason felt the need to buy them. Perhaps I paid too much attention to the fat Dutch bloke in the film that was rarely seen without his!
This month will be spent buying a backpack and the rest of my essentials and getting some training in. I’m going to try to train each day now that I’m not working and will try to include a few days in the peak district so that I’m not just walking on flat level surfaces.
Oh, did I mention that my cousin Matt and I are booked into an albergue for our first night in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port?! We are booked into L’Esprit du Chemin for the night of the 3rd July so that we can be sure to be fully rested and have a whole day of walking on our first day rather than trying to rush as soon as we arrive in France.
I’ve just read back over that little lot and I really have rambled without any real direction or structure to this blog post haven’t I?! I’m not going to go back over every post and edit it to make it sound better, I’m just going to write what’s there in my head and then click publish! So, here goes! Where’s that publish button……..?