Yeaaaaaa babyyy stage 2 is completed!:)
Stage 2 was grueling and the scenery was the least motivating compared to the first 100 miles of stage 1, which made it a lot harder to push through mentally. Majority of the walking was through endless cornfields, and dried farm land and on top of that the heat was scorching my delicate Greek skin to near melting. To kill the time and help maintain some sanity I ended up buying a few audiobooks on my phone which would last for anywhere from 6 to 8 hours, as well as started to stray away from the whole solitude approach and decided walking with people might help mix things up a bit and add some spice to the never ending days that would lie ahead.
I met Bastien, a 26 year old German dude who ended up being a really cool guy. I walked with him for about 3 days. One of the days, we ended up sending our backpacks on taxi and walked a record breaking 54 kilometers in a little over 12 hours! After that I was ready to fake my death and have my travel insurance prepare a free flight home for me, it was one hell of an experience… literally.
However, that trek made me realize the power of the mind and how much your perception and reaction can effect your motivation and will to finish. If you keep a strong spirit and visualize your destination with a sense of humor and compassion rather than with resistance and frustration you will notice a big weight of stress and negative energy lifted off your already fatigued structure. As I took up a more childish and humorous approach to the situation, joking, running to release energy and catching myself laughing out loud at how stupid we were to think we would make this trek with ease, and somehow felt the whole situation funny while Bastien on the other hand was acting like the kid who left the candy store empty handed. Sometimes you really just have to laugh it off, I promise you’ll feel much better in the end!
Today was the Half way point, and day 7 of becoming a vegetarian (that’s a whole other story)! I decided to continue past Santiago another 3 days to achieve walking the whole land mass of Spain to the first sight of Sea in the city of Finisterre, Spain. Wish me luck!
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