April 21, 2013, Day 22, Carrion de los Condes to Ledigos (23 km)
Straight, flat passage through the Meseta!
I woke up in a slightly better mood. 17 kilometers of no towns and straight passage can walk off any bad mood. For most of the day, Edgar and I don’t talk. We walk in sillence. I still don’t feel like talking. We are getting slightly sick of each other’s “habits”. Actually, I would like to pummel him with my walking stick so instead I am quiet andreflect on where I can release judgement and intolerence. I mean what is the big deal about drinking beer for breakfast and turning on the light in the middle of t he night to rummage through your sack to have a beer? I mean no big deal, right?
After an hour and a half of walking, I am slightly more open to Edgar. And I felt a weight lift when I ran into tow Camino friends from Sweden at a rest stop. They two have been in a foul mood for two days. It was sort of comforting to here. Maybe it was the moon or The Camino. Actually, The Camino was sympathetic today. The weather is mild. There is no wind and the skies are sunny. The birds are plentiful and The Camino continually shows the diversity of the winged creatures in their color and song.
But Edgar is beginning to feel like a burden. And I am not sure what to dod about it. I feel restricted and stuck. It is as though I am carrying extra weight in my pack. Most people understand Camino etiquette and it is easy to separate. All you really ned to do is change your walking pace or simply say, “hey, I’d like to walk alone a little”. But with Edgar it is different. He doesn’t take hints and seems determined to walk with me. I know I need to leave him but how. I am beginning to scheme…I am open to suggestions. This is what I have so far:
1. Sleep with all my clothes on and gear packed and slip out of the Albergue at 4 am.
2. Tie Edgar to his bed.
3. Pretend I twisted my ankle and can’t walk.
4. Be bitchy so he doesn’t want to walk with me.