The Way, Day 10


[Drinking from the wine fountain in Irache]

Route: Estella to Los Arcos

Every morning should begin with half of a coffee and a communion-amount of wine.  It doesn’t quite infuse you with the energy you need to walk 22 km, but it is just a nice way to start the day.  We didn’t feel great today – we could do the walk, but we’re still waiting for that feeling of lightness and joy.  It has yet to be forthcoming. 

There were very few towns today – as many as 12+ km separated us from the last town and the town we are currently in – Los Arcos.  At some point we enjoyed a lengthy conversation with a guy from Santa Cruz who was hiking with his brother and girlfriend and girlfriend’s father.  Despite being almost a decade younger than E and I, he has been with his girlfriend for just as long.  We spoke about long-term relationships, the joy of travel and the dangers of barreling down hills and blowing through stop signs on skateboards and bikes.  I learned a new term: skateboarding mongo.  This means that you stand on the back of the board and propel yourself with your front foot.  It’s strange to describe, but after he demonstrated, I felt that if I skateboarded, I would skate mongo.  E and I agreed that it was nice to talk to someone else, to feel a different energy.  I said, specifically, that it was great to talk to another native Californian.  In my opinion, it’s one thing to talk top a Californian, another to talk to a native.  We share something a little more than just any Californian.  There’s an understanding, an openness and familiarity that you just don’t find anywhere else.  Something you don’t have to explain to comprehend.  It felt a little like being home.

This entry was posted in Camino, spain and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s