A good traveler has no fixed plans


We had problems sleeping in Porrino, our first night in Spain. There was a festival going on with much drinking. Around 3 am, a drunk guy pounded on our door calling out someone’s name. Eventually, he realized he was pounding on the wrong door. It seemed that he might break down the door but it withstood his blows. Someone he knew came out and they shouted at each other. Finally, they went outside and walked away shouting.

We walked out of town and it started raining.

It rained most of the day and much of our walk was through urban areas.

It is hard to keep a positive attitude when it you walk over uneven stones and concrete much of the day,  it rains hard, and the air is chilly.

We walked through Redondela and had trouble, at times, getting across the N-550 highway. We took shelter in communal washing tank.

“Why are we doing this?” Karen asked. “I’m tired of walking.”

“We are creating a story that tells about the great cosmic wheel,” I said. “People need to know about the Inner Path.”

“You shouldn’t talk like that,” she replied. “I’m tired of this. Everyone has their own way of thinking and no one, except for you, talks about a wheel or inner path.”

“Some people understand,” I said. “By walking the Camino, we are showing something that needs to be shown. We are pointing to the unseen world. We provide a pattern.”

“I am so tired,” she said. “I’m tired of walking. Can you hear me?”


We stayed at the Pension Jumboli on N-550, which is not in a town. The rain ended for long enough so that there was a good sunset.


Lao tsu wrote (chapter 27):

“A good traveler has no fixed plans

and is not intent on arriving.

A good artist lets his intuition

lead him wherever it wants.

A good scientist has freed himself of concepts

and keeps his mind open to what is.

Thus the master is available to all people

and doesn’t reject anyone.

He is ready to use all situations

and doesn’t waste anything.

This is called embodying the light.

What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher?

What is a bad man but a good man’s job?

If you don’t understand this, you will get lost,

however intelligent you are.

It is the great secret.”

I heard what Karen said. You don’t need to be Sigmund Freud to figure out the problem. Her feet hurt. Following the Camino has a simple quality to it. You walk each day and your problems have a simple quality. Not everyone is clear about their problems but we are very aware that our feet hurt. Sometimes it is best to ignore philosophy, theology, and all similar areas of thought.

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