I was enjoying the combination of alone/social time. Part of my day I would walk with friends – today it was Jo Anne and Moya for some of the time, Candice and Emily for some of the time, and for the rest of the day I mostly walked by myself. There would of course be occasions where I would meet up with a new pilgrim, walk and chat with them for a while, and then either they would move ahead of me or I would pass them, depending on our individual walking paces.
Today I had some new walking companions…snails. They seemed to be everywhere and I had to work at not accidentally stepping on any of them. In some ways those snails and I were no different: they were walking with their belongings on their back just as I was. And to the cars whizzing along the highway that at times runs close to the Camino, I was moving at the pace of a snail. So as I walked passed one snail I tipped my hat and gave it the traditional pilgrim greeting: “Buen Camino”. Hmmmm…maybe I was spending too much time by myself!