I’ve had a lot of time to think… about 6 to 7 hours a day for the past week. The Camino is the perfect time to think, until it’s not, and honestly, that’s when you’re in trouble. Trouble, because you can’t escape yourself, or your thoughts no matter how much you try. So here’s the thought process that I couldn’t escape today…
Without exception, it is ALWAYS the last hour that seems to be the problem for both Susan and I while walking the Camino. The last hour is when the feet start crying out and the body is simply tired. That would make sense if every day we walked the same amount of time and it was the same degree of difficulty, but that’s simply not the case. The times vary and some days have been shorter and much easier than others, yet it is still that last hour that brings the trouble to the forefront.
So, this is what I’ve come up with while pacing myself through 7 hours on the open, exposed, unchanging views of the meseta today…
The body and the mind are in sink, something that I know from yoga and try to achieve, yet right now, at this very moment, I feel like the two of them need to be separated because they are simply causing trouble by working together. The mind, at some point during the day, says to the body, “OK, I heard Laurie talk and looks like she’ll be walking for 7 hours today. So, you know what to do around 6 hours. Oh and she’s on a sister trip, so this is going to go on for a while. Those two push limits when together….”
To that, the body responds, “OK, got it. I’ll start the feet in complaint mode, at about an hour before their destination, then will target the more sensitive areas, such as Susan’s knee and Laurie’s shoulder, if need be. It will insure that they both will continue to do the right thing… legs up the wall, lots of water, yoga poses, etc.”
Those two. Their scheming is hurting the last hour of our game. When the mind seems to know when the body is going to hit the wall, so to speak, and once that power has shifted, there’s no going back and it is ALWAYS one hour before quitting time. I think it’s time to trick the mind and buy ourselves some time…. an hour precisely.
And then there’s the whole leaving early thing…. I truly believe that the body doesn’t start keeping track until it’s light out. I know. Weird. But it does seem to hold true for us. We’ve got a pretty hard day ahead of us tomorrow and with my concepts of darkness being a free spot on energy expension, we’ve decided to leave 2 hours before sunrise just so we can log those two hours of physical difficulty without the body really knowing about it. You know… sneak it past it, in the dark of the night. The stuff my mind goes to sounds kind of crazy as I’m typing this but I have to think it’s the case of pushing both physically and mentally father than usual that has brought me here.
So…. back to that last hour that hands down is hard, regardless of what preceded it or for how long….
If the head would just leave the body alone this wouldn’t happen. The two need to be separated. That’s all there is to that. Susan thought a time out for the mind could be a plan. Now, just to incorporate that idea….
6 or 7 hours a day is a long time to spend wandering in and out of your thoughts. Hopefully tomorrow something a tad more brilliant will surface, but for now, I’m just trying to keep the mind from over communicating with the body and starting to spread rumors that the body is tired, an hour before I THINK it is. For the record, our 7 hour day tomorrow is now being called 8 hours. Shifty.