For our entire pilgrimage John and I have kidded about “staying in the moment” so we can maximize our enjoyment of whatever is happening. That said, today marks our one month anniversary on the Camino. And one week from today we will be in Paris with our wives, God willing.
Today we knew we would have a longish day because we had a fairly significant up in the morning and a 2+ mile downhill in the afternoon (which I do very slowly as my knees are beginning to show the wear from all we have been through). So we started just before daybreak at 7:30. Our first challenge was climbing multiple sets of stairs to get out of Sarria. I tried to get a picture but it was too dark. Shortly afterwards, we came across a cross that was visible against the sunrise.
It was then up some well marked trails,
As expected, there were many more pilgrims, but around mid-morning we ran into Fr. Paul, our two Polish friends we met our first day on the Camino (I think at one point I said I thought they were German), and the St. Mike’s graduate. Fun to reconnect with all of them.
Not too bad really, but for some reason my legs were feeling very sluggish today. Fortunately, John’s legs were doing fine.
This led to some pretty scenery in rolling hills.
We also passed the 100 kilometer marker (Santiago is getting closer!).
Blessings to all.