A major part of my rich Camino experience was the other pilgrims (perigrinos) that I met along the journey. Some I only talked to for a few minutes or hours while walking, and did not see again. Others, who were doing similar daily distances, became good friends. Time and time again I would loose track of someone only to bump into him or her at a cafe or hostel a few days later.
Within a week I was part a loose group of friends. Some referred to this as their Camino family. I thought of it as my tribe, especially when seeing the stream of pilgrims walking along the trail every day which always made me think of nomads or caravans of itinerant tribes.