Deep in La Mancha

Hello from La Roda. I am a long 40 km (25 mi) west of Albacete, 12 or 13 days west of Valencia. It has been fine walking. But as Petra says in her post, there are few shops out here with computers to use–much  Wi-Fi but no computers. And where they are we have just not syncronized with each other. When I get in at 7:30 pm I have time for a shower and dinner and to write some notes and and hit the sack before getting off at 8:30 in the morning –Not much computer time there even if there was one.

That 25 miles to get here yesterday was my longest day so far. There seem to be a few more close to it in length, but this one is about the longest on the suggested itinery. It was a pleasent 12 hours walking with the wind square in my face as I walked across the flat fields of La Mancha resting every couple hours. Don Quixote is alive and well 500 years the names of numerous shops and products. Thougth it was cool in the morning I walked the second half of the day without my coat.

I´ve had ups and downs. One day I was ready to Forrest Gump it, but Petra reminded me that I was just starting, I had less than a week walking and I should expect to be sore in a lot of places. I was. And the next day a hotel clerk asked if I would be returning some day. I said, “No, this is a once in a lifetime visit.” As I heard myself say that, I realized just that and snapped into the spirit of the walking. Now I am walking well and, aside from not being able to find a computer often to Skype with Petra or post here, all is well. I’m feeling well.

But I needed to take today off and rest a bit after that 25 miles and get some words out to you. Besides, it is a pretty town just to wander around, sit, and watch the people–and have a couple extra cafe con leches.

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Happy Easter

All is well on the Camino de Levante. Mike told me (Petra) to write a post on the blog. The last 11 days he has had no possiblities to use the internet. Only Wi-Fi is available and Mike has no Computer. He says his situation is like “BC”, that means “Before Computer”. He has also no cell phone. This isn’t easy to stay in contact. There are less and less public phones in Spain and probalty all over the world. Most people have cell phones. Besides that he is enoying the walk and he gets with every step and every day more into the walk. That’s what it sounds like when I talk with him.
Have a wonderful Easter 2012

Valencia 3

Amigos! No I am not moving in here. And though it is a pretty city, I have been here long enough. I have had some problems working out where I was going to be getting cash as I walked the Camino. I have resolved them. So tomorrow I shall be heading west destination Atlantic Ocean 50 days from now. Really, heading west, destination each step where I AM AT THE TIME.

I have also been reading Paulo Cuehlo’s, The Pilgrimage again. The book, along with the long wait, have been raising my enthusiasm daily. So now the enthusiasm is high and I am ready to walk.

Valencia 2

It is late in the evening and I am still here in Valencia. And I will be here for a couple more days till this nasty cold breaks. I think the Universe is testing my fortitude.My throat must be a solid red. It hurts a lot to caugh. So I have to be patient and wait for it to clear a bit more before starting. I was only out a few minutes today to go the market across the street and buy a new billfold–one that goes under my belt and is much more work for a pickpocket to access–even if he can find it–well, that is his business, to find it.

The coming week is calling for sun with temps in the 70s. I think Monday has to find me on the road. Maybe the fresh air will clean things out.

I wish you all a great last week in March. Peace and Jouy, Mike

Extra day (?s) in Spain

I arrived yesterday in Madrid and a kid promptly pickpocketed me! Ah! Pilgrimages, what they have in store for you! Now I sit in a social house with only a few euros in my pocket waiting for new cards and some money to arrive. Life throws you some curve balls once in a while–keeps everything interesting.  It´s also raining and cold to emphasize the mood. I´ll get to Valencia one of these days.Peace and Joy,  Mike

About to go

It is sunny and cold this morning in Santa Fe. In four hours I will be setting on the runway in Albuquerque. And tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 I will be standing in Madrid. So till then take care everyone. ….. into the unknown.


In a week and a day or so I’ll begin the Camino de Levante and experience Spain walking from Valencia to Santiago. This path has long been wandering in my mind and heart. Now I take it to my feet, my breath, and my soul. I’m looking forward to seven or eight weeks one day, one hour, one second at a time.

As I walk I’ll stop now and then and leave a few words here on what I am doing. See you soon.

Mike Metras  –  Pilgrimage Creations