October 21, 1999

-but i ain't gonna see my baby tonight. got no baby to see. so on th

seventh

day, i rested. pushd it a little too far, too fast- what else is new?

nearly 160 kilometers in that week- from canfranc near somport & th

aragonese

border w/ france to puente la reina-garés in navarra, where el camino

aragonés

joins el camino francés...th nail on my big left toe is on its way off-

tiene

los días contados, even if i'm not doing th counting, my left knee is

still

achy after four days inactivity- some sweling, not sure if it's

tendinitis

(tendOnitis?) or bruisd cartilage...i'm not into th heavy macho thing, i

need

to train a little better for whatever follow-up i expect to do...

it's a grey day in pamplona as i write this & i'm paying for th hemingway

aura-

i actually have th room next door to th one he always took- in th hotel

la

perla because i arrived in town after midnight sunday & th hostales had

all

lockd their doors. i walkd into café-bar joakín in puente la reina

expecting

to

have an early lunch- before two in th aftenoon, in spain- & check th

photo

show

on th walls before taking th afternoon bus into th capital- iruña, in

basque-

only to find myself invited to th closing supper that evening by th

owner-chef,

who also had some even nicer black & white prints hung in th rear dining

room-

& these were his own. after a long afternoon of hanging around endlessly

smoking drinkers teaching me a dice version of bluff poker, i

helpd fernando make a big dish of cous-cous we all dug into w/

spoons...th

man

is working to open his new business here in town sometime before th

christmas

season & i haven't managed to see him since he droppd me off @ th corner

of

la

plaza dl castillo where th hotel is snugly nestled...tonight will be my

third

night, i was hoping to do another week of walking, into la rioja or th

first

towns in castilla but i'm not sure i can handle th cold wave that's

coming in

my resource-depleted state...there's another spanner in th works: i've

gotten

word that th house in la guardia may have bn already sold, so i have no

place

of my own to go to...gotta call my pariente carlitos alonso & find out

what's

going on...th news, as may be expected, contributes to making me feel

increasingly adrift, homeless- there is no place on earth where i do not

live

as if in exile, including puerto rico...(à suivre...)

love, love/ i have hung our cave w/ roses...

davidj=(8{>