The Most Amazing But Difficult Day EVER
I tend to thrive on challenges that bring the pain. I may not always succeed, but I always push myself mentally and physically until the point of collapse.
I have countless stories of crazy adventures such as: driving 60+ hours cross-country non-stop; helping a friend move from one coast to the other in one fell swoop; driving for 3 days across Mexico- without sleep, crashing two parties, and dealing with some sketchy Federale’s situations; working for 3 days straight on a gallon of coffee in order to complete a project; or getting lost while hiking in Alaska’s McKinley National Park until, after more than a few scary events, our group finally made its way back to our tents after 4am.
But today, the rules of the game went from novice player, skipped over intermediate, and straight into bat-shit-crazy-advanced-dragon-wizard level.
After our first two days of hiking and taking three days to work and rest in Arudy, France, Shannon and I felt like our hike to Oloron-Sainte-Marie was the day to finally prove our “hiking legs” were finally here.
We were wrong.
And we were humbled.
I wonder just how much more we will be humbled over the next 35-40 days of hiking? A part of me says, “Bring it!” And then I realize, that means I am obviously not humble enough, and I realize even further, there are dark days ahead on my journey into personal enlightenment and physical enhancement.
I would like to make it clear and for the record, that I am hiking El Camino de Santiago de Compostela for many reasons, to be challenged in every way imaginable. And I expect to be pushed to the point of failure- I welcome it.
A journey without risk or departure from sensibilities, on some level, negates the value sought, for which the journey was ultimately pursued.
So there it is. I am hiking El Camino de Santiago de Compostela for many reasons. And I expect to be pushed to the point of failure- and I welcome it. But that does not mean I will always smile about it- otherwise I probably wasn’t pushed hard enough to begin with. Today was hard, but it made me realize at last, this is where the big girls and boys are weeded out from the children. I am definitely here to play, especially now that I am beginning to understand the rules more with each passing day.
Distance: 30,478 Steps/ 14.64 Miles/ 23.56 Kilometers
Location:Arudy, France to Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France
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