Day 9 Monday, September 14

We started early because we knew we had “the steepest climb of the pilgrimage” (source: our guide book) ahead of us, followed by another seven miles of smaller ups and downs.

Once the sun rose, things seemed relatively tame.


But then we started up…


And up…


And, you got it, up…


For those of you familiar with Tamworth roads, think of a 2+ mile Brown Hill.

Pretty soon, we got pretty high..


We remained in good spirits (seriously)…


…even though it rained most of the day and the temps were in the 50’s (actually good walking weather). The good news about the rain is I now know how to put my new poncho on without assistance from a waitress.

But…believe it or not, we still went up…


As you might imagine, the scenery was breathtaking…



Finally we reached the top, and started down. The smaller “ups and downs” were at times challenging (I won’t bore you with more pictures), but the scenery was still great…



at one point we passed a pilgrim statue we could really identify with…


Until, at a little after 5:00 we arrived safely at our stop for the night.

All in all, a challenging day.

Today we celebrate the completion of four weeks on the Camino. Only eight more days left. It has been, and continues to be, an incredible experience.

Blessings to all.