I am reflective today after spending a month on this wander, thinking of all I’ve learned along the way. Patience. Resilience. Strength. And I admit: I miss my jeans and my moisturiser. But I will keep going, knowing I have those at the end.
Like every Spanish mile, what was to be 16km turned into 21km. Oh well. I made it another day. I have now walked 478km. Now a two day rest in Astorga.
It was pretty monotonous today. No one was chatty as it seemed the consensus was to plow through and get to our own destination as quickly as possible. It seems the universe isn’t done testing my resilience just yet.
Today was a pretty brutal day. First, it was 6km of city walking, then 15km of bitterly cold headwind. The wind blew me off the path more than once. I felt strong. Now I feel beaten up!
I’m now past the ‘official’ halfway mark. I determined if I was going to make it to Santiago, I had to skip the rest of the Meseta. I walked for four days on the Meseta and it was beautiful. Just not for me this time.
A day of good conversations that made the 21km go faster. The vastness of the Meseta came into full view today as we descended after Castrojeriz. We kept looking back to see the views from where we’d come – It’s always good to look behind to see where you’ve been and how far you’ve come.
An interesting day spent with interesting people. It was a short walk – 12km (although a longer one coming on Thursday) – but it felt like a stroll.
A short jaunt today where the kilometres went by quickly due to happiness and good conversations on the way. It’s the people that make the Camino special.
Well, I cheated today. Kind of. Everyone’s Camino is whatever they decide and I’m taking that to heart. I’m walking again. You know, after taking a Mercedes Benz to the edge of town.
I sat outside in the sun today and people-watched. It was Mother’s Day in Spain today and seeing flowers everywhere was a pure delight and people appreciating their mothers, so lovely.
As they say, everyone’s Camino is different. My lesson is one of listening to my body, not getting antsy and knowing my limits.
Not a lot was planned. My plan was to rest. My body had other ideas. It was the day my Camino wander screeched to a halt.
Joining my two ol’ Camino friends, Jerry and Sharon, we laughed our way up the steep climb out of town, while the weather tried to decide whether it wanted to be rainy, sunny or just stay cloudy. Wildflowers greeted us and we decided it was a good idea to taxi it from the outskirts of Burgos into town. Who needs to walk that much concrete when you really don’t have to, I say.
Around 24km my left calf/ankle really started hurting and I essentially crawled into town. I took a picture of a lovely, very picturesque trail that was probably the hardest part of my entire walk – and it was flat!!
Today is May Day, a public holiday in Spain. I was fortunate to walk through Santo Domingo de la Calzada this morning while the celebrations were happening. It’s also the site of “the hen and the miracle”.
I spent part of the day walking with new friends where we are now comfortable enough to walk together or separately, having varied conversations that span from bathrooms and blisters to career choices and corporate ethics. Ah, the Camino… The day consisted of Rioja wine, very interesting conversations. Oh, and some planned accommodations for the following few nights. It’s festival season.
I found I enjoy the Camino journey more when I shorten my distances and send my backpack forward – and isn’t that the point of the Camino?
I am not going to sugar coat this: today was one of my hardest days on the Camino. And it wasn’t even a difficult trail! So why?
Unless you open your heart, your mind and your soul, you don’t know what will bring you pure joy! Mine included a much-needed break from the Camino in Logrono!
How I manage to get up and do this every day has to be part of the Camino magic. A good night’s sleep restores the soul. Then churches tickle the senses! And have me hightailing it out of there!
Sun on the Camino is a different beast. Although not ‘hot’, it was 21km of beating-down sunshine, an endless dirt track, and no shade to speak of.
As I wandered the Camino from Villatuerta to Villamayor de Mon Jardin, we stopped at the wine fountain, only to be beaten by ‘touragrinos’!!!
I saw wild irises, weird spiderweb things, spoke bad Spanish to two older Spanish men who were sitting outside enjoying their day, walked with a lovely lady from Mexico and spoke in broken English to a sweet girl from China. And then I shared a room with Camino friends that had us laughing loudly.
Physically shattered tonight. My Apple health app says I walked 21km and it refuses to tell me how many floors I’ve climbed- I think it has given up trying to calculate that statistic.
After a ‘rest day’ in Pamplona, I spent the morning trudging up a ‘slow, steady climb’, eventually to a small village called Zariquiegui where I’m spending the night (and where I met my own “Joost”).
It was a rest day from the Camino de Santiago today. A day to sleep in. A day to deal with odds and ends, like sorting out another walking pole and picking up snacks for the upcoming trek.
The Camino Wander continues. The Iglesia de San Esteban y Stephan – a 13th-century abbey that has not been majorly renovated since that time. The bell is said to be the oldest in the region and pilgrims (only) are invited to ring it. And I did. It was magnificent, as was the pilgrim’s blessing.
Day 4 of the Camino Wander. I stopped by The Abbey along the way – a medieval church that is being restored. Absolutely beautiful! I want to return to volunteer and help restore it at some point. My body has been tired but it’s okay… little blue engine mantra continues.
Day 3 of the Camino Wander on the Camino de Santiago. The one step at a time mantra seems to be working as I walk from Roncesvalles to Zubiri.
I begin my 800km walk across Spain, beginning with the Pyrenees mountains.
Beginning April 15, 2018, I walked from St. Jean Pied de Port in France, across Spain, to Santiago de Compostela. It took me 45 days to walk 740km. I share with you the when, the why and the challenges I faced… It’s the kickoff for my Camino series!