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Ate a few nuts and fruit for breakfast and put about 1.5 lt of water in my pack. Left the alberge and stopped for cafe con leche then left Zizor Mayor about 7:10. Was a little irritated that the Bulgarian woman who gave me a Jesus magnet, then refused my business card. Then as I am writing this who stopped to see if I would walk with her.
Ran into Mike in Zariquiegui where I had coffee and a chocolatine. Was good to see him. Mario's knees were bothering her so he left her behind and was now traveling with a German girl. Camino families come together for a time and then sometimes dissolve or get larger. I prefer to walk in silence as it affords me the time to think and spend time in gratitude.
My knees have been bothering me a lot today so I stopped again for coffee a little later in Obana Actually it looked like it was going to pour so I was also trying to decide if I needed to pull my poncho out. Incredibly as I finished my coffee, the sun came out and it was beautiful for the rest of the day.
As I approached Punta la Reina my knees were so sore that I was plodding along and not enjoying the walk. I decided to stay in the first alberge I found on the way into town. It was a treat because it is attached to a hotel so it had a bar and a restaurant that would allow me to rest my knees ... No extra walking to find a meal. I had a great glass of vino tinto and asparagus quiche which was plenty.
I ran into Peter who I met at the alberge in Zizur Mayor last night. He was suffering from really bad blisters on the soles of his feet. Very hard to walk for 700k more unless he can get that fixed.
It is interesting how everyone on the Camino has a story. I sat with an older gentleman from Holland earlier today who is walking it for the second time. He said it was life changing for him last year and that this year he is trying to live in the moment. I'm sure he is in his late 70s and he is walking alone. I've been making sure to take pictures of him with his camera when we get to points of interest. Funny how so many people do not want to inconvenience others by asking them to take a picture for them.
I have realized that I do walk to the tune of a different drummer and that is ok. I have been embarrassed in the last few years that I have been single for so long... coming up 25 years. Over a glass of wine, Peter shared that he had never married and had never really planned it that way. That is just the way things turned out. So I guess the fact that I am single is just the way it turned out too! It is all good!
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