Thoughts about the Camino in a Holy Year 2021 and the year of COVID

I have missed walking the Camino and being in Spain. It has now been almost two years since I was either walking the Camino or acting as a volunteer to assist those that were walking the Camino. Tomorrow I begin my journey back to Spain and to the traditional starting place of the Camino Frances, St Jean pied-du-port France.

I have been walking each day with my pack fully loaded, and then some.

Fully loaded pack it weighs 24.8 lbs. More than it should by that is always my issue.

As I make my last-minute preparations I go over in my head all of the things that I am supposed to do, and new ones pop up. You would think that after doing this so many times I would have it down, and I do but not totally. Each Camino is a new adventure. Even though I will walk the same path, only the path will be the same. The people will be different, the weather will be different, the experience will be different, I will be different, and most of all this year we will have COVID to deal with that will make it very different.

I have never walked the Camino in a Holy Year. From what I understand it is normally very crowded. However, this year by all accounts there are far fewer people on the Camino. However, most albergues are only allowed to operate at 50% capacity so beds are harder to come by and many are closed altogether. Reservations are needed which will be a big change for me. I normally, am out very early, well not that early, about 7 am to 7:30 am and finished by 2 pm or so. I have never had to make reservations except for Orisson. This will be a new experience.

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