Funny how I started feeling slightly nervous about my Camino plans a few days ago. I can't put my finger on it, but for some reason I had that funny feeling in the pit of my stomach that we all hate having - not a good feeling at all but not something that can be fixed by swallowing a pill.
You know what I mean...
And then, this morning, with a click of the keyboard, the feeling disappeared. My flight tickets have been booked. Paid for, can't change it, done.
I had a lovely message with loads of advice from a regular pilgrim on the Camino recenly and in it he said: 'The Camino doesn't pose problems, only solutions.' How true that turned out to be.
At one stage none of the dates worked as they should to fit in with our plans after the Camino - in fact, the boat that we really wanted to hire for the barging wasn't available on the route we first chose - the list goes on.
Just like that, it all started falling in place. No need for frantic questions about some of the bigger issues anymore - it just all worked out. As I should have known.
The Camino offers only solutions - not problems.
I love that!
In my elated state I have found a new desire to get out there and put some miles under my feet in preparation - the picture above and the ones below are some of the sights that greeted me on my walk from home yesterday.
Filled with a new sense of purpose, I'll be hunting for shoes tomorrow. I guess the dream is no longer a dream now!
For more advice from someone who knows the Camino pretty well, click here. As you can see by the advice he gave me - he seems to be on to something!