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By Guy Thatcher

Man Thatcher walked the Camino de Santiago, an old pilgrimage course, hoping to find the cause of the compulsion that drove him there. What he discovered as an alternative was once the undying land of northern Spain, attractiveness, silence, mountains and plains, rain and incessant solar, snow in may well, heartbreaking climbs, fatigue, and damage; pleasant and alluring humans, new friendships, melancholy, transcendental pleasure, start and loss of life, and churros con chocolate. He got here away with a renewal of his trust within the striking goodness of normal humans from worldwide as they shared a unprecedented trip.
Join man Thatcher as he stocks his days and his reports at the camino with you.

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Since everything is closed tomorrow (Sunday), I have to get what I need today, even if I don’t leave today. When I look at my planned schedule, I see that I am fine, even if I leave tomorrow. I think that I will have lots of opportunity to practice patience on the camino, not one of my strong suits--yet. The weather is lovely and I would like to take advantage of it while it lasts. This morning I pick up replacement gear at El Corte Ingles (it opens at 1000). I am well and pleasantly served by Iñaki, who speaks sufficient English so that, mixed with my rudimentary Spanish, we can communicate successfully about my needs and their stock.

Navarre is one of the two autonomous communities that I will be walking through that consists of exactly one province. The other is La Rioja. It is at the same time one of fifty provinces. Tricky, isn’t it? Navarre is small, at about 10,000 square kilometres compared to Castilla y León, but twice the size of its neighbour, La Rioja. In the northeast of Spain, Navarre is bordered by France to the north, Aragón to the east, La Rioja to the south, and the Basque country to the west. I will be walking southwest until I get into La Rioja.

The man on duty checks my precious baggage ticket, checks the computer file and says there is no new information. I tell him what I have been told. I check his lost luggage room--not there. Back to the Lost and Found. After I have spent a lot of time going back and forth, José arrives. He goes immediately into action, like the successful, powerful businessman that he is. Eventually, they admit that no one has the slightest idea where my baggage is. At least I am satisfied that the bag is not physically here at the Madrid Airport and now I can move on.

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