In 2011 I had a similar feeling before the Camino. At that time it was more directed at whether or not I could cross the Pyrenees, I didn’t know enough to be nervous about the rest of the trip. Having never crossed a mountain range or really done much hiking I think that it was normal to feel that way, but it turned out that I did fairly well. It was after that I had challenges.
This time I’m starting at Roncesvalles, a very small town on the Spanish side of the mountains. Logistically since I’m coming from Pamplona via Madrid it’s just easier to start there than going to St. Jean Pied de Port in France. So I only have to walk 479 miles.
I’m basically walking on my own through Northern Spain with a backpack and that’s it! Last time I had problems with leg cramps, huge blisters on my feet, sickness, dehyration, losing weight and tendonitis. I even broke down and cried 3 times (actually that’s not too bad for me). So if I continue thinking about it that way I will certainly continue to be terrified
HOWEVER, I’ve done as much as I can to help with the physical challenges. And the other good news that I found out last time is that you never have to be alone on the Camino Frances. If you’re open to it, you can meet a bunch of people. I did and thanks to Janie, Kim, Kat, Joanne, Eva, Sonia, Annina, Jacqueline, Nadia, Susan, Natalie, Martin, Monique, Gal, Joan, Joy, Elisabeth, Sebastian, Jacque, Roberto and of course my brother Sandy and nephew Luke (just to name a few), I know that I’ll have a great Camino starting in 20 days!