Planning in earnest to map out route from Irun to Santiago. I have had a straw man since last fall where I pencilled in first 10 days and last 10 days but wanted to start booking accommodation en route. The whole letting go and trusting thing does not play well with me – maybe I will have it beaten into me by circumstances – you can take the maritime surface officer out of the Navy but….something like that. Add in the logistician wife and the appeal of a framework is obvious.
Planning is essential but the plan is meaningless. There are many things that can and likely will obstruct the execution of the plane but have learned a lot through the exercise that will be handy when we have to improvise.
We have a general principle of longer days walking so that we can have rest days to rest and explore some of the cities along the way including San Sebastien, Bilbao, Santander, Llanes, Oviedo and Lugo. There is a long stretch along the Primitivo of 6 days of walking that will be longest stretch without a rest.
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so”. Mark Twain