May 13th, 2014: Today was Day 12… A Second Day of Rest

By Eric

And a Video’s Interpretation of a Tough Day

Two days ago, I wrote about and posted photos in great detail about the wonderfully challenging day our hike was from Arudy, France to Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France. Yesterday, I wrote about our first rest day in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, and I pondered the future of our hike.

Will we indeed be able to be successful in the challenge that is El Camino de Santiago de Compostela?

Today, we continue to rest as well as take the opportunity to work and take important calls with a few clients. I have so much on my mind, and I am mentally bombarded with the plethora of possibilities of potential failures. Failures which sometimes almost seem imminent in our pilgrimage. But in the end, I am comforted to be with the woman I love. And I am more determined in this pilgrimage than I have been for anything in a very long time. Amongst other challenges, I have my faith, that I am grappling with. It is the eternal inner battle that brews inside of me that causes philosophical calamities, but simultaneously provides me with enough intrigue to forge on.

Without constant challenge in my life, and without the interest in earnestly yearning to discover who I am, why would I even bother taking that next step each day?

So as I contemplate the age old questions that have tugged at the minds of humans since the beginning of time, I will continue to rest and work. And… I will modify Day 11’s post of words and photos with a video. You might want to refer back to and refresh the memory with Day 11’s blog, and let this video add to the overall experience that was that grueling day for me and Shannon.

Distance: (Unknown) Steps/ Rest Day- Unknown Distance
Location: Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France

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2 Responses to May 13th, 2014: Today was Day 12… A Second Day of Rest

  1. Eileen W. Eisner says:

    Do not look at any of this journey as a failure. If y’all were to decide not to continue it would in no way mean either of you failed. Did you get my point? Nope don’t use the word. 😉

  2. Susy says:

    Trials and tribulations are always in our life. What fun would it be if nothing went wrong!! Sometimes its the smallest that gives the encouragement one needs. Like the dog that walked between you yet always turned to make sure Shannon was ok and waited w when he knew she was about to give up. Sometimes we can’t say anything we just smile and give that person comfort its not always about talking

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