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Following the gleam once again

mspath

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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Followthegleam.jpg
...............Sunrise, Mezkiritz, 17/10/2014

"Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it."
Marcus Aurelius, The Emperor's Handbook, II,IV

From 2004 through 2014 I have walked the Camino Frances in its entirety ten times. The path may have been the same but actual realities varied greatly. Each Camino began with both anticipation and trepidation as I wondered how it would go, yet each pilgrimage developed its own rich mix of friends old and new, fickleness of weather, stamina and health and, of course, philosophical musings and personal thanksgiving for each day lived and for my life with Bill which enables such a journey.

Subsequently providing information about the Camino has become an additional pleasure whether talking on route with another pilgrim or writing for an unknown reader. Since November 2009 participating in this unique Forum has been part of my daily life and providing information on-line for unknown readers has become a distinct pleasure. When asked about the Camino answering what I know is a personal obligation . Such mutual sharing is a large part of the camino spirit; besides being informative for future pilgrims it keeps my memories current while recalling past journeys anew.

Walking tests my strength; 'slow, but dependable’ could be my motto. Trusting providence as well as my simple gear, tenacity and ability to endure I try to take it as it comes enjoying the good and bearing the bad. Always it is a great pleasure to arrive at a welcoming albergue, sit and remove my pack, take a HOT shower, chat with other pilgrims and collapse in clean comfort on a bottom bunk ever thankful for the continued strength to experience the extraordinary joy of another camino day. Bliss!

Why do I do this? My laconic answer is from Pascal's Pensées "le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît pas/ the heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing." Additional philosophic and spiritual reasons are cited in this profile .

Although age and time will eventually take their toll, hopefully my memories will endure. Physically I may not be able to be there, but sentimentally I will always wear my pilgrim shell. Now before circumstance might force me to stop, hope still springs eternal!

Thus, thankful, respectful and humble, but still curious and with an ever eager heart
I will walk again the Camino Frances starting October 13.

At 76 what matters most is to continue.

Ultreia!

Margaret Meredith
 
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"Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it." Marcus Aurelius

From 2004 through 2014 I have walked the Camino Frances in its entirety ten times. The path may have been the same but actual realities varied greatly. Each Camino began with both anticipation and trepidation as I wondered how it would go, yet each pilgrimage developed its own rich mix of friends old and new, fickleness of weather, stamina and health and, of course, philosophical musings and personal thanksgiving for each day lived and for my life with Bill which enables such a journey.

Subsequently providing information about the Camino has become an additional pleasure whether talking on route with another pilgrim or writing for an unknown reader. Since November 2009 participating in this unique Forum has been part of my daily life and providing information on-line for unknown readers has become a distinct pleasure. When asked about the Camino answering what I know is a personal obligation . Such mutual sharing is such a large part of the camino spirit; besides being informative for future pilgrims it keeps my memories current while recalling past journeys anew.

Walking tests my strength; 'slow, but dependable’ could be my motto. Trusting providence as well as my simple gear, tenacity and ability to endure I try to take it as it comes enjoying the good and bearing the bad. Always it is a great pleasure to arrive at a welcoming albergue, sit and remove my pack, take a HOT shower, chat with other pilgrims and collapse in clean comfort on a bottom bunk ever thankful for the continued strength to experience the extraordinary joy of another camino day. Bliss!

Why do I do this? My laconic answer is from Pascal's Pensées "le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît pas/ the heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing." Additional philosophic and spiritual reasons are cited in this profile .

Although age and time will eventually take their toll, hopefully my memories will endure. Physically I may not be able to be there, but sentimentally I will always wear my pilgrim shell. Now before circumstance might force me to stop, hope still springs eternal!

Thus, thankful, respectful and humble, but still curious and with an ever eager heart
I will walk again the Camino Frances starting October 13.

At 77 what matters most is to continue.

Ultreia!

Margaret Meredith
I thank you for sharing this with us.
Hope you have a great journey and a Buen Camino, Peter.
 
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I couldn't like this post enough, Margaret.
From the place of being a relative newbie, I always appreciate your wisdom--and am sometimes amazed the wealth of information you have up your sleeve (eg., the address of the padre in Najera you posted yesterday). You've absorbed more about the Camino than many of us will ever know--so thank you for sharing.
A very Buen Camino to you...and may you be able to keep walking for many years to come.
 
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Camino Frances (2013)
Margaret, if you find your legs won't let you go on that one last camino, call me. I will carry you on my back. You have always been such a wealth of information to everyone on this forum!! Thank you for all you do for us newbies :) !!!

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Part frances jun 07/rest frances may- jun 2008/Frances sept-oct 2009/ Sanabres Oct 2010/Frances sept-oct 2011/Aragones Sept-Oct 2012. Hospitalero Sept 2010, Amiga in Pilgrim's Office Oct 2013. Part Primitivo Oct 2013. Portugues from Porto June 2015.
Hello Margaret! I have been wondering over the last few weeks, whether you have decided to walk the Camino again! What can I say? From one oldie to another, I wish you everything I would wish myself! Buen Camino, hermana!
 

peregrina2000

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Hi, Margaret,
Oh, so happy to see this! This will be a very new experience for you, a fall rather than winter camino, no? Margaret, you are a camino angel, your ears must burn every time the mods comment on how you have once again brought calm, grace, and reason to what would otherwise be an off-the-rails thread. Wishing you a very wonderful camino, I am so looking forward to following you from afar and wishing I were there. Abrazos and buen camino, Laurie
 
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...............Sunrise, Mezkiritz, 17/10/2014

"Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it."
Marcus Aurelius

From 2004 through 2014 I have walked the Camino Frances in its entirety ten times. The path may have been the same but actual realities varied greatly. Each Camino began with both anticipation and trepidation as I wondered how it would go, yet each pilgrimage developed its own rich mix of friends old and new, fickleness of weather, stamina and health and, of course, philosophical musings and personal thanksgiving for each day lived and for my life with Bill which enables such a journey.

Subsequently providing information about the Camino has become an additional pleasure whether talking on route with another pilgrim or writing for an unknown reader. Since November 2009 participating in this unique Forum has been part of my daily life and providing information on-line for unknown readers has become a distinct pleasure. When asked about the Camino answering what I know is a personal obligation . Such mutual sharing is a large part of the camino spirit; besides being informative for future pilgrims it keeps my memories current while recalling past journeys anew.

Walking tests my strength; 'slow, but dependable’ could be my motto. Trusting providence as well as my simple gear, tenacity and ability to endure I try to take it as it comes enjoying the good and bearing the bad. Always it is a great pleasure to arrive at a welcoming albergue, sit and remove my pack, take a HOT shower, chat with other pilgrims and collapse in clean comfort on a bottom bunk ever thankful for the continued strength to experience the extraordinary joy of another camino day. Bliss!

Why do I do this? My laconic answer is from Pascal's Pensées "le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît pas/ the heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing." Additional philosophic and spiritual reasons are cited in this profile .

Although age and time will eventually take their toll, hopefully my memories will endure. Physically I may not be able to be there, but sentimentally I will always wear my pilgrim shell. Now before circumstance might force me to stop, hope still springs eternal!

Thus, thankful, respectful and humble, but still curious and with an ever eager heart
I will walk again the Camino Frances starting October 13.

At 76 what matters most is to continue.

Ultreia!

Margaret Meredith
Thank you for being a great example of living life in a loving & gracious manner. I wish you many more adventures -- I will watch & wait for updates. Buen Camino.
 
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Pilgrim Rick

Looking for ...
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October 2014 Camino Frances SJPP to Santiago
Your sun will never set
Your path is written across the River of Stars....this is but one path you have trod
Your next will light the skys for others to follow, as many now, who carry the lesson of your life, will pass on to the next generation of Pilgrim.
Beautiful words to drink in and savour thank you...
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
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(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Why do I do this? My laconic answer is from Pascal's Pensées "le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît pas/ the heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing." Additional philosophic and spiritual reasons are cited in this profile .
I am also there...

You are a kind spirit. I start my 7th walk on April 2. Cannot explain why, I only know that the Way is calling me back agiain.

Buen Camino!
 
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I hope I to have the opportunity and capacity to walk like you have.

On my 1st stroll I met an Austrian in Puente la Reina who was 79 and kn his 9th Camino in 10 years. On my 2nd stroll a Canadian in his 70s who was walking for the 6th time, but this time without his wife. I assumed it was getting to be a bit too much for her, but he corrected me: she had stayed home to train for a marathon! Clealry the Camino calls.

I am curious Margaret, if you din't mind: why always the Frances rather than Laurie's approach for example of explooring different routes? I have only walked the same path for 4 days or so, and the experience felt completely different. It was very odd.

Have a wonderful 11th!
 
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C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
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Buen camin0, Margaret! I have enjoyed following your blog for some years and hope you will be writing this year too.
You make me long for a wintercamino, so may be next year.

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Silverton

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2003- CF ( various), Portugués (various), Aragonés, Inglés, Sanabrés
Margaret,
Like Annakappa, I've been looking forward to hearing--confident that you would be setting off very soon. I hope your fingers will be warm enough to key-in frequent reports to the Forum--your friends and admirers, all of us. You may well be appalled by what has surfaced recently from my low-brow distant-memory bank, but you might also remember it:
'Happy trails to you!', from another recidivist mid-septuagenarian.
 

petro

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Camino Frances (2008 April/May) (2011 May/June) (2014 May/June), Camino Primitivo (May 2016)
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Cejanus

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CF SJDP - Santiago April "2013"; European Peace Walk"2015"; VIa de la Plata "2016"
Ah you walk again Margaret! Know that I walk with you in spirit. I've read every post in your blogs over the years. Truly inspiring. I'll be back to walk from Le Puy next year.
I have just arrived back home after walking the long, arduous European Peace Walk during the hottest summer on record. The knees are sore and the hip is aching.
You are in my prayers.
 

mspath

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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
"Now is the hour..."

Many thanks to those Forum members who have sent their good wishes for this my 11th camino. Your kind comments are sincerely appreciated.

Now outside our local train station Bill has just waved goodbye. Hence within a new physical and mental space, I am alone. It is always difficult to switch gears however soon a solo adventure will slowly unfold from here to Paris, then to Bayonne via an overnight sleeper train from Gare d'Austerlitz, ending at last in the Pyrenees. My emotions are spinning; sadness at leaving is mixed with the thrill of another new journey....In the weeks ahead may we both be well and may all go well at home and on the way.

If you too are walking now perhaps our pilgrimage paths will cross; if you wish follow my current blog at www.MsCamino.blogspot.com.

Ultreia!
Margaret Meredith
 

gimpywalker

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Hello Margaret. I've just tuned into the forum for the first time in months and I see you are off again on another marvellous adventure. You were a great help and comfort to me as I planned my first camino last year. I'll never forget your kindness. I'm wishing you great joy on your journey and will be following your blog.
Buen camino and ultreia
Barb
 

jumpingin2014

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Camino Frances 2013
Very pleased to read your post Margret and all the wonderful responses. I think in large part this is the best aspect of the Camino - commitment and sharing. The well wishers inspire me as much as your integrity Margret. When I say inspire I don't just mean inspire me to walk the Camino but rather inspired by that communal spirit that we hope resides in all of us. Watching someone aspire to something (your journey) and the many who cheer you on with many thanks.

I wish you well in your journey both on and off the Camino

Mark
 
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Mike Savage

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I wish you all the best Margaret and will keep you in my prayers.

Ultreïa!

Mike
 
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cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
Hola Magaret, that you for, possibly, the most informative reasons why people walk the Camino more than once. So maybe you have inspired me to try at least to walk the parts I missed when I cycled last month. Thank you! Buen Camino, Mike:):cool:;)
 

mspath

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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
The end of my trail

Due to injury I must cease this camino for I am no longer able to easily stand or walk. Greatly saddened I know that tonight will be my last in a pilgrim albergue. Now unfortunately the time has come to stop....


Sincerely grateful for all the happiness that I have found and shared along the way during these past years I wish only the best for the future of this beloved route. Might all who walk find fulfillment; may at least my precious memories endure as long as I. Physically I may not be walking, but sentimentally I will always wear my pilgrim shell. ...

Thank you for reading my posts and offering your many comments. Ultreia!

"This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well, which thou must leave ere long."
Shakespeare, Sonnet LXXIII
 
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Most years since 2012. Hoping now for 2022.
I am sorry that I won't see you again this year. Thanks for all the advice you have given - over 3 years ago you provided some encouraging information that helped me start my first Camino. I look forward to your continuing contributions here!
 

wayfarer

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2012
The end of my trail

Due to injury I must cease this camino for I am no longer able to easily stand or walk. Greatly saddened I know that tonight will be my last in a pilgrim albergue. Now unfortunately the time has come to stop....


Sincerely grateful for all the happiness that I have found and shared along the way during these past years I wish only the best for the future of this beloved route. Might all who walk find fulfillment; may at least my precious memories endure as long as I. Physically I may not be walking, but sentimentally I will always wear my pilgrim shell. ...

Thank you for reading my posts and offering your many comments. Ultreia!

"This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well, which thou must leave ere long."
Shakespeare, Sonnet LXXIII
I am so sorry to read this post Margaret, you have been an inspiration to me and many many more people on this forum. I hope you will continue to post your great advice and wisdom.
Buen Camino.
Pat.
 

jumpingin2014

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Camino Frances 2013
The end of my trail

Due to injury I must cease this camino for I am no longer able to easily stand or walk. Greatly saddened I know that tonight will be my last in a pilgrim albergue. Now unfortunately the time has come to stop....


Sincerely grateful for all the happiness that I have found and shared along the way during these past years . ...

Thank you for reading my posts and offering your many comments. Ultreia!

"This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well, which thou must leave ere long."
Shakespeare, Sonnet LXXIII

And what a great journey you have had MM ............. I wish you the very best and thank you for sharing your experiences.

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Part frances jun 07/rest frances may- jun 2008/Frances sept-oct 2009/ Sanabres Oct 2010/Frances sept-oct 2011/Aragones Sept-Oct 2012. Hospitalero Sept 2010, Amiga in Pilgrim's Office Oct 2013. Part Primitivo Oct 2013. Portugues from Porto June 2015.
So, so sorry to read this on your Blog, Margaret. I do hope that you have a speedy recovery and, who knows, in the near future, you will be out on the Camono again! I Have so much enjoyed your various Blogs over the last years and gave been a great inspiration to me, being, as Laurie writes, in the " golden age" group. Ultreia!
 
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I side with Annakappa, wishing you a safe return home and speedy recovery so that may once again to this Camino you love, even if it is to visit it for shorter periods. I'm comvinced it will call you call you again.
 

petro

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Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances (2008 April/May) (2011 May/June) (2014 May/June), Camino Primitivo (May 2016)
Sorry to hear about your injury Margaret, wishing you a speedy recovery and hope that you will be on the Way again soon!
 

norelle

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Camino Frances (2011 April, 2014 March) San Salvador, Primitivo, Finisterre, Muxia (June 2015) Del Norte (Sept/Oct 2016)
Dear Margaret,
You have been an inspiration to me since I first found the camino. I have learned many things from reading your posts and following your blog.
Thank you for sharing your path. I wish you a speedy recovery.
buen camino
 

GettingThere

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Roncesvalles-SdC Apr-Jun 2015
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The end of my trail

Due to injury I must cease this camino for I am no longer able to easily stand or walk. Greatly saddened I know that tonight will be my last in a pilgrim albergue. Now unfortunately the time has come to stop....


Sincerely grateful for all the happiness that I have found and shared along the way during these past years I wish only the best for the future of this beloved route. Might all who walk find fulfillment; may at least my precious memories endure as long as I. Physically I may not be walking, but sentimentally I will always wear my pilgrim shell. ...

Thank you for reading my posts and offering your many comments. Ultreia!

"This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well, which thou must leave ere long."
Shakespeare, Sonnet LXXIII
Margaret, I'm so sorry to hear your news. I do wish you the speediest recovery from your injuries. For the future - only you can know when it's time to stop your Caminos. I can see that you feel that this is the time. Maybe it is. Maybe after you are recovered you will find that it isn't yet. I'm really hoping it is the latter - partly selfishly I must say because I do so enjoy reading your blogs! Whatever you decide - ultreia!
 

fortview

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Camino frances Sept/oct 2012 , Salvador, Primitivo 2013
Cotswold Way July 2014
European Peace Walk August 2014 (John)
Dear Lovely Margaret, I had the great pleasure of meeting you last year, in Santo Domingo. You were such fun, and we had breakfast and chatted! So sorry to hear your news, rest well and recover, love, Helen
 
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The end of my trail

Due to injury I must cease this camino for I am no longer able to easily stand or walk. Greatly saddened I know that tonight will be my last in a pilgrim albergue. Now unfortunately the time has come to stop....


Sincerely grateful for all the happiness that I have found and shared along the way during these past years I wish only the best for the future of this beloved route. Might all who walk find fulfillment; may at least my precious memories endure as long as I. Physically I may not be walking, but sentimentally I will always wear my pilgrim shell. ...

Thank you for reading my posts and offering your many comments. Ultreia!

"This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well, which thou must leave ere long."
Shakespeare, Sonnet LXXIII

So sad to read your words.Earlier in this thread I posted about your love affair with the Camino,it is obvious that that love affair will never end even though you are forced to be apart,and neither will the love and respect the Camino family have for you.May God and Saint James be ever with you.
 

bernhugo

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Sorry to read your latest news.
I always look for your posts. Never critical, always helpful, full of encouragement and good advice from one who truly knows The Way.
I am sure that you will walk again, The pull to you particularly will be too strong.
Courage!
 

Phillypilgrim

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C F Sept.(2013) Camino de Madrid & Finisterre/Muxia Sept. (2014)
Finisterre/Muia June (2017).
I agree with everyone, you are a real inspiration and full of very sound, good advice. I hope you recover soon.
 
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Margaret, you've inspired all of us, and in your inimitable gracious way offered endless good advice...
So I hope you feel the many many kind wishes flowing your way from all over the globe.
Adding a drop to that stream, very sorry for your news and hoping your body and heart heal quickly and well. And when the Camino calls again, I hope you're able to find a way--perhaps a new one--to answer its siren song.
 

Kanga

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Margaret, I am so very sad to read your post. I hope you recover quickly and can see the yellow arrows guiding you towards future adventures. I carry you in my head every time I set foot on the Camino Frances - in my mind you are interwoven like a golden strand into its fabric.

As Laurie has said, we are always in your debt for the time, patience and endless goodwill and good sense you put into this forum. I look forward to your posts and hope physical recuperation gives you the chance to be with us online.
 

tyrrek

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Margaret. Wishing you well in your recovery. I hope you find new ways to explore and enjoy the Caminos de Santiago, and of course continue with your great advice on the forum.
 

Cejanus

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Ah Margaret I pray that you improve and that one day you can walk this again. Today I have shed tears for you and feel so saddened in my very being. Keeping you in my prayers and thoughts. I walked because of you and the spirit that came via you and your blogs over many years.
 
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Margaret I am yet another (tyro) you have inspired. I am sure your advice and knowledge will remain vital for many in the coming years, and hopefully you will regain fitness over the coming year.

Once a pilgrim - always a pilgrim
 
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Camino Frances (2013)
Checking in here for the first time in several days, and am so sorry to read of what has transpired. Vaya con Dios, Margaret.
 
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I am so sorry that you had to call a halt to your Camino Margaret, I wish you well soon. I am sure that the warm wave of good wishes from your fellow peregrinos/peregrinas here on this forum will remind you of the esteem in which you are held, the many caminos walked that were shaped by your informed advice and that the hopes from around the globe that you will be out there on the Way next year.
 

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...............Sunrise, Mezkiritz, 17/10/2014

"Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it."
Marcus Aurelius, The Emperor's Handbook, II,IV

From 2004 through 2014 I have walked the Camino Frances in its entirety ten times. The path may have been the same but actual realities varied greatly. Each Camino began with both anticipation and trepidation as I wondered how it would go, yet each pilgrimage developed its own rich mix of friends old and new, fickleness of weather, stamina and health and, of course, philosophical musings and personal thanksgiving for each day lived and for my life with Bill which enables such a journey.

Subsequently providing information about the Camino has become an additional pleasure whether talking on route with another pilgrim or writing for an unknown reader. Since November 2009 participating in this unique Forum has been part of my daily life and providing information on-line for unknown readers has become a distinct pleasure. When asked about the Camino answering what I know is a personal obligation . Such mutual sharing is a large part of the camino spirit; besides being informative for future pilgrims it keeps my memories current while recalling past journeys anew.

Walking tests my strength; 'slow, but dependable’ could be my motto. Trusting providence as well as my simple gear, tenacity and ability to endure I try to take it as it comes enjoying the good and bearing the bad. Always it is a great pleasure to arrive at a welcoming albergue, sit and remove my pack, take a HOT shower, chat with other pilgrims and collapse in clean comfort on a bottom bunk ever thankful for the continued strength to experience the extraordinary joy of another camino day. Bliss!

Why do I do this? My laconic answer is from Pascal's Pensées "le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît pas/ the heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing." Additional philosophic and spiritual reasons are cited in this profile .

Although age and time will eventually take their toll, hopefully my memories will endure. Physically I may not be able to be there, but sentimentally I will always wear my pilgrim shell. Now before circumstance might force me to stop, hope still springs eternal!

Thus, thankful, respectful and humble, but still curious and with an ever eager heart
I will walk again the Camino Frances starting October 13.

At 76 what matters most is to continue.

Ultreia!

Margaret Meredith

There are times we meet individuals on this Forum where special admiration, respect, and enjoyment are kindled. These relationships through the internet are valued and regarded as gems of great value. We hope that one day our paths might cross on the Way. The sun begins to set on the day and out of the blue dear, long-treasured friends are recognized for the first time. Another gift of the Camino is found and there is rejoicing.

We all are getting on in age and we face the reality that many of these cherished friends will never be met in person. Yet, hope does spring eternal and on heavenly paths, I pray we meet all we have known yet never met. Know, Margaret Meredith, that you are a golden friend. May our Father grant that we all may meet anew either in this mortal pilgrimage or on celestial paths that our Father will provide.
 
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JohnMcM

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Some, and with luck, some more.
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...............Sunrise, Mezkiritz, 17/10/2014

"Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it."
Marcus Aurelius, The Emperor's Handbook, II,IV.........

................Thus, thankful, respectful and humble, but still curious and with an ever eager heart
I will walk again the Camino Frances starting October 13.

At 76 what matters most is to continue.

Ultreia!

Margaret Meredith

A majestic, magic and marvellous post Margaret.
Buen (Once again) Camino
 

waveprof

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May-June 2013, Camino Frances
You have always been my favorite poster. My heart is gladdened to hear you are setting out again this year. I hope you have more Caminos in your future than you have in your past. Good luck.
 
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A thought-provoking Camino memoir. This day-by-day account will inspire you.

waveprof

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May-June 2013, Camino Frances
You have always been my favorite poster. My heart is gladdened to hear you are setting out again this year. I hope you have more Caminos in your future than you have in your past. Good luck.
Oops. Should have read the entire thread first.

I am very saddened to hear of your injury. I hope you heal quickly. Once a pilgrim, always a pilgrim. Life is its own pilgrimage.
 
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Walking, Astorga-Sarria 2011, StJPdP -Longrono 2012, Logrono- Burgos 2013, StJPdP - SdComp 2014, Valenca do Minho - Santiago ,Easter 2015, Seville- Santiago by roadbike, Sept 2015. Burgos to Leon, walking, May 2016
I am sorry Margaret to read about your injury and having to cut short your camino. I have been in awe of you , this last few years, completing so many caminos. I do hope that you make a full recovery and that you come back to do a short stretch
of the camino perhaps in the Spring. I am happy lowering my ambitions as I get that bit older. Good health and take care.
 

movinmaggie

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Past OR future Camino
2015
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...............Sunrise, Mezkiritz, 17/10/2014

"Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it."
Marcus Aurelius, The Emperor's Handbook, II,IV

From 2004 through 2014 I have walked the Camino Frances in its entirety ten times. The path may have been the same but actual realities varied greatly. Each Camino began with both anticipation and trepidation as I wondered how it would go, yet each pilgrimage developed its own rich mix of friends old and new, fickleness of weather, stamina and health and, of course, philosophical musings and personal thanksgiving for each day lived and for my life with Bill which enables such a journey.

Subsequently providing information about the Camino has become an additional pleasure whether talking on route with another pilgrim or writing for an unknown reader. Since November 2009 participating in this unique Forum has been part of my daily life and providing information on-line for unknown readers has become a distinct pleasure. When asked about the Camino answering what I know is a personal obligation . Such mutual sharing is a large part of the camino spirit; besides being informative for future pilgrims it keeps my memories current while recalling past journeys anew.

Walking tests my strength; 'slow, but dependable’ could be my motto. Trusting providence as well as my simple gear, tenacity and ability to endure I try to take it as it comes enjoying the good and bearing the bad. Always it is a great pleasure to arrive at a welcoming albergue, sit and remove my pack, take a HOT shower, chat with other pilgrims and collapse in clean comfort on a bottom bunk ever thankful for the continued strength to experience the extraordinary joy of another camino day. Bliss!

Why do I do this? My laconic answer is from Pascal's Pensées "le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît pas/ the heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing." Additional philosophic and spiritual reasons are cited in this profile .

Although age and time will eventually take their toll, hopefully my memories will endure. Physically I may not be able to be there, but sentimentally I will always wear my pilgrim shell. Now before circumstance might force me to stop, hope still springs eternal!

Thus, thankful, respectful and humble, but still curious and with an ever eager heart
I will walk again the Camino Frances starting October 13.

At 76 what matters most is to continue.

Ultreia!

Margaret Meredith
I'm just seeing this for the first time Margaret. I don't know you personally, only by this forum, but I do know you to be a treasure for all of us. And this is from someone who is still a newbie, so I still seek out the wisdom of those here who bring such grace, wisdom, knowledge and encouragement. It is such a gift to have the likes of you to help us along. Maggie
 
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Next up 2022?
Hear, hear, movinmaggie!
I hope, Margaret, that you know just how beneficial your gracious presence and helpfulness has been--and for so many of us!
A bow of thanks!
Vira
 
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Phil Smith

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(2016)StJ to Viana (2017): Viana to Castrojeriz (2018) Castrojeriz to Leon
(2019) León to Sarria
View attachment 21666
...............Sunrise, Mezkiritz, 17/10/2014

"Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it."
Marcus Aurelius, The Emperor's Handbook, II,IV

From 2004 through 2014 I have walked the Camino Frances in its entirety ten times. The path may have been the same but actual realities varied greatly. Each Camino began with both anticipation and trepidation as I wondered how it would go, yet each pilgrimage developed its own rich mix of friends old and new, fickleness of weather, stamina and health and, of course, philosophical musings and personal thanksgiving for each day lived and for my life with Bill which enables such a journey.

Subsequently providing information about the Camino has become an additional pleasure whether talking on route with another pilgrim or writing for an unknown reader. Since November 2009 participating in this unique Forum has been part of my daily life and providing information on-line for unknown readers has become a distinct pleasure. When asked about the Camino answering what I know is a personal obligation . Such mutual sharing is a large part of the camino spirit; besides being informative for future pilgrims it keeps my memories current while recalling past journeys anew.

Walking tests my strength; 'slow, but dependable’ could be my motto. Trusting providence as well as my simple gear, tenacity and ability to endure I try to take it as it comes enjoying the good and bearing the bad. Always it is a great pleasure to arrive at a welcoming albergue, sit and remove my pack, take a HOT shower, chat with other pilgrims and collapse in clean comfort on a bottom bunk ever thankful for the continued strength to experience the extraordinary joy of another camino day. Bliss!

Why do I do this? My laconic answer is from Pascal's Pensées "le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît pas/ the heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing." Additional philosophic and spiritual reasons are cited in this profile .

Although age and time will eventually take their toll, hopefully my memories will endure. Physically I may not be able to be there, but sentimentally I will always wear my pilgrim shell. Now before circumstance might force me to stop, hope still springs eternal!

Thus, thankful, respectful and humble, but still curious and with an ever eager heart
I will walk again the Camino Frances starting October 13.

At 76 what matters most is to continue.

Ultreia!

Margaret Meredith

Utterly inspirational.
Still looking to complete my Camino as a staged experience due to work. Always in my mind to do it one go. This is inspiring stuff. Thank you
 

marigold

Member
Past OR future Camino
(2009) Sarria - Santiago; (2011) SJPP - Navarette; (2012) Logrono - Santiago;( 2013) Leon - Santiago - Finesterre
View attachment 21666
...............Sunrise, Mezkiritz, 17/10/2014

"Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it."
Marcus Aurelius, The Emperor's Handbook, II,IV

From 2004 through 2014 I have walked the Camino Frances in its entirety ten times. The path may have been the same but actual realities varied greatly. Each Camino began with both anticipation and trepidation as I wondered how it would go, yet each pilgrimage developed its own rich mix of friends old and new, fickleness of weather, stamina and health and, of course, philosophical musings and personal thanksgiving for each day lived and for my life with Bill which enables such a journey.

Subsequently providing information about the Camino has become an additional pleasure whether talking on route with another pilgrim or writing for an unknown reader. Since November 2009 participating in this unique Forum has been part of my daily life and providing information on-line for unknown readers has become a distinct pleasure. When asked about the Camino answering what I know is a personal obligation . Such mutual sharing is a large part of the camino spirit; besides being informative for future pilgrims it keeps my memories current while recalling past journeys anew.

Walking tests my strength; 'slow, but dependable’ could be my motto. Trusting providence as well as my simple gear, tenacity and ability to endure I try to take it as it comes enjoying the good and bearing the bad. Always it is a great pleasure to arrive at a welcoming albergue, sit and remove my pack, take a HOT shower, chat with other pilgrims and collapse in clean comfort on a bottom bunk ever thankful for the continued strength to experience the extraordinary joy of another camino day. Bliss!

Why do I do this? My laconic answer is from Pascal's Pensées "le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît pas/ the heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing." Additional philosophic and spiritual reasons are cited in this profile .

Although age and time will eventually take their toll, hopefully my memories will endure. Physically I may not be able to be there, but sentimentally I will always wear my pilgrim shell. Now before circumstance might force me to stop, hope still springs eternal!

Thus, thankful, respectful and humble, but still curious and with an ever eager heart
I will walk again the Camino Frances starting October 13.

At 76 what matters most is to continue.

Ultreia!

Margaret Meredith

Hi Margaret, I have just been reading your blog - thank you! I love the way you capture the spirit of the Camino, and why we love it.
Sorry to hear you had an accident in '15. I hope you're ok now. Best wishes
 

movinmaggie

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
2015
The end of my trail

Due to injury I must cease this camino for I am no longer able to easily stand or walk. Greatly saddened I know that tonight will be my last in a pilgrim albergue. Now unfortunately the time has come to stop....


Sincerely grateful for all the happiness that I have found and shared along the way during these past years I wish only the best for the future of this beloved route. Might all who walk find fulfillment; may at least my precious memories endure as long as I. Physically I may not be walking, but sentimentally I will always wear my pilgrim shell. ...

Thank you for reading my posts and offering your many comments. Ultreia!

"This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well, which thou must leave ere long."
Shakespeare, Sonnet LXXIII
In looking back Margaret, it brings me a feeling of warmth knowing you and I were on the path the same as me in 2015. My one regret is never having met you personally. A bigger regret is that it had come time for you to cease your journey. But your heart always speaks volumes, with wisdom and strength. If there is any doubt as to how much admiration many here feel for you, see the number of acknowledgements (likes) in your name. (Not being a Facebook user, I still wince a bit at 'likes', but they definitely serve a purpose).
Your post was made the day I celebrated my 80th birthday in Santiago, exhausted after 800 kms, but a heart filled with gratitude and happiness. I wish you continued good health Margaret and a heart at peace with itself. You are a grand role model on this forum....Happy New Year.
 

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