Walked down the mountain today, nowhere near as bad as the other one, we are all good. We are creeping closer to Santiago -129k to go or for the smart ones we have completed 668 k since the 3 may (5 weeks). It is really funny what some people complain about. We have this pommy guy in the room complaining about 5 euros he paid the room. A room that is as warm as toast, bathrooms will very hot water and free wifi atop a freezing mountain. Apart from holding Tanya back from explaining what 5 euros actually buys you, I had musing about how people perceive the world...but as we say on the trail "that's his way" I guess. We are getting close to the bottleneck now (you know those pilgrims just doing the last 100k) so we will do a little more tomorrow and head for Babadelo which should get us off the main caravan. Until tomorrow buen camino, will add a few photos soon
After spending the night at the bottom of the mountain we made the hike up the mountain.
Short distance but high up in the clouds. The fog has set in but I'm assured by a Russian that it will clear. Tomorrow is the last day of spring and it is ridiculously cold, but we are well and looking forward to the downhill run into Santiago. We have moved our itinerary around and are now arriving in Santiago on the 8th of Jun. we are planning to spend two days there and have extended our Paris stay by an additional day. All we need now is a little sunlight.
A nice 24k today, weather is drizzly but the short distance walked yesterday helped, as we both feel good. Tomorrow we assault the last mountain. Reports from friends who crossed in the last few days, there was wind rain, sweat and snow. So tomorrow will be our turn to face Mother Nature, we are planning to stay overnight on the top so it's going to be a interesting day. More and more people are starting to join the camino, which is putting pressure on finding a place to stay. Many are booking ahead in the privates, and sending their packs forward by courier, their 'Way' is there way. We will continue to carry, walk, enjoy and trust in the universe that we will find something. Photos will be either fantastic or just fog tomorrow, until then buen camino.
Had a great day today and picked up some warm gloves, its freezing but found some really romantic accommodation in the grounds of a church. We have a little "shed" all to ourselves. I might even get lucky!
Well we are spent. The day was only supposed to be 27k, but after not finding the Albergue instead of checking where we were we kept walking and walked ourselves out of the town. Realising there was no accommodation and the next town was 14k away we turned ourselves around and walked ourselves back into town so all up we covered about 32k today. That would have been ok if it wasn't for the 20k decent off the highest point of the camino. The trail was steep, shale, narrow tracks and it took a toll on our bodies. We are now lying on our beds trying to gather enough strength to go to the pharmacy for more drugs and ice packs. But all is not lost we get to walk 24k tomorrow, easy!
Breaking point today I walked by willpower alone. we walked 32km today, 17 of those down hill in pain because of my broken thigh. So what makes you walk on? Fear of failure? The need to succeed? To push yourself beyond where you have been before? I can't answer that I can only say...although I threw a tanty and told David I couldn't go on, at no point did I think of giving up. All I know is in my mind was on Santiago and even if I had to crawl into Santiago I was going to make it. It's not about being brave or courageous it was about knowing in every fibre of my body if i didn't complete this pilgrimage i would never believe in myself again.
No one escapes pain on the Camino. It's impossible to take on a walk like this and not notice how your body suffered. The secret is to listen to your body, modify your pace or take a rest day. But the pain is part of the journey. Its what makes each days end rewarding...knowing that you have overcome hardship. Each hardship changing the person you are just a little. Giving you confidence that you can do this!!!
This day will be hard both emotionally and physically. The cross marks the highest point on the journey. It begs the question, should the pilgrim at this point be in touch with their highest purpose. Today I take a small step to move towards that... at Cruz de Ferro I leave behind my past and who I was and I ask the universe to guide me towards the person I need to become to have the life I want.
This photo is of David and I early in the morning of our 28th day on the Camino. We were on the way up a mountain to the Cruz de Ferro in Spain. It was the day that changed my future.
The Cruz de Ferro or Iron Cross sits at the highest point of the Camino de Santiago between Manjarin and Foncebardon. Pilgrims for centuries have been placing stones at the base of the cross signifying leaving their sins behind and preparing to be reborn on the last leg of the Camino. Today it has a much broader meaning symbolising a problem or issue one wants to leave behind, leaving behind something you no longer want to be burdened with.
I had read about this ritual before starting the pilgramage and thought long and hard about what I needed to leave behind. But it wasnt until I was standing at the base of the cross on in this foggy morning did I really understand the significance. As I got down on my knees and placed my stone onto the pile I prayed to the Universe that I had the strength and wisdom to leave behind anything that would not serve me in the future. But more than that I asked the Universe to help me. Help me remember the lessons I had learnt on the Camino and to take them back into my everyday life.
Walking the Camino you have plenty of time to get inside your own head and sort out all the shit that has built up over a life time. Stories to justify you lack of commitment or courage, believes built on outdated information. Today is the day to be reborn!!!
We are actually 5k out of astorga possible a bit remote for apple to find us. We put in a 28k day today getting prepared for a climb to 1500m tomorrow. Time to break out the quads again after 7 days of flat walking through the mesetta. Here are some pics from today, till tomorrow buen camino
Just when you can take no more of the flat straight road Cruz de Ferrero starts looming on the horizon indicating the Messeta is ending. Lots of physical work ahead with time to think..........what will you take with you, what have you discovered about yourself into the real world? Do I have the courage to dump that which is holding me from my higher purpose.