Day 22 El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mulas October 13, 2022
Same breakfast: eggs, ham and toasted baguette and by 8 o’clock I was on the road. Today’s walk was 18.8 km through flat country-
My intention for the day was the same as yesterday – being careful of making assumptions based on first impressions. As the four of us carry on, I’m finding that maybe I’m not as open to meeting new people as I was in the beginning because we have become very comfortable with each other and that is good. However, a big part of the Camino experience is meeting new people and forcing oneself to do that. It’s being alone and going inside oneself to find the strength to carry on that can be the hard part, the lonely part. That is one reason why I like to travel alone - I have to rely on myself to survive and I always do. There’s a feeling of empowerment that comes from being alone and dealing with issues as they arrive. And I like knowing that I can handle whatever comes my way.
This idyllic group we have is going to end Saturday when Mirjanne goes home, Bernadette stays an extra day in Leon and Helle stays an extra half day. I am going to leave early on Saturday morning and so we four musketeers will be no more. We have had a good run but it is time to move on. This has to become “my” camino and starting Saturday, that’s what will happen.
Anyway back to meeting new people – there was an American sitting with us yesterday whom I met for the first time and he was so annoying because all he did was talk about himself. I think I would give him a second chance if I were to meet him again, so maybe my consciousness of my intention may be working, I’m not sure.
Along the way –