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!