Hello everyone and greetings from a cool and wet UK. "When I'm 64 ....", which occurs during this autumn, I have a plan to walk the Camino Frances. A long term ache for spiritual insight - for transformation - compels me to embark on my first ever pilgrimage. But before I commit myself to the journey, I am hoping that there might be someone on the forum who, like me, has a rather solitary and private nature and might be prepared to share their thoughts with me. I can only afford the undertaking were I to stay at municipal alberges and there's the rub. Although sometimes at the end of a day walking alone, I could imagine myself welcoming and needing human company (and who knows, this might be the catalyst for the transformation I seek), I have to admit that quite often the thought of eating, conversing with people fills me with a nameless dread. Maybe it's a form of autism. I know that people can be offended by my failure, oftentimes, to engage with them but do pilgrims, by definition, tend to be tolerant and forgiving?