Sixty Days

Sesenta dias.  No matter what language is used, the number sixty sends chills through my body.  We have been planning and training for this pilgrim’s journey for a year now. Today, only sixty days remain until we leave home for Europe.

I have tried to plan everything: bought the right equipment and clothing; round trip tickets from Houston to Paris; hotel room in Paris; high speed train to Bayonne; local train to St. Jean Pied-de-Port; overnight accommodations in St. Jean; and a flight from Santiago, Spain, back to Paris.


But between St. Jean and Santiago lies a 500-mile long path that will not yield to being arranged or planned. The path is set; it is ours to walk. . How far will we walk in a day?  What obstacles and hindrances lay in our path? I can look at pictures of El Camino de Santiago all day long on the web, but I can’t actually see my hand beyond my face for the first ten steps of the journey.

I have often talked with others about the concept of being in liminal space, that in-between space and time when we haven’t quite left where we were–and we have not yet seen where we are going.  For example, you experience liminal space when you lose a job and don’t yet have another one to support your needs. Dante expresses liminal space best, I think, in The Inferno

“Midway through the journey of our life, I found myself within a dark wood, for the right way had been lost.”

The way will not be lost (I hope!) because it is well marked. Once I take the first steps, I will likely feel the comfort of being “on the road again.”  Let me know how you want me to keep you in mind for those 36 days of walking.

About bstrangetx

Born and raised in Ely, Nevada. Attended Gonzaga University ('66).Particpated in Gonzaga-in-Florence (64-65 AY). Served in US Army; retired as Lieutenant Colonel. Former adjunct instructor @ University of the Incarnate Word (16 years). Worked for San Antonio Water System and Maritz, Inc. Past pilgrim on El Camino de Santiago de Compostela (Apr/May 2013) Currently seeking objectivity and non-dual thinking.
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3 Responses to Sixty Days

  1. Mary Schneider says:

    My heart beats a little faster knowing you will soon begin this journey. I am SO happy for both of you and will pray for a successful completion of this walk. Just remember me one day when you begin to walk, and say a little prayer for my salvation, along with all our family members and loved ones. God speed!

  2. Tim Capps says:

    I anxiously await your narration of the journey I will embrace in September. I pray safety for you guys and a Buen Camino!

  3. bstrangetx says:

    Thank you for your prayers! Stick with us…

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