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LIVE from the Camino Uh huh! Camino Sanabres

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nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
Well,

These past five years, last camino winter 2014, did I thirst for yet another pilgrimage: Uh huh!

As I walked around airport in Madrid Tuesday morning searching for those familiar McDonald’s Golden arches, with an unfamiliar menu, did I asked meself: What the heck were you thinking. Uh huh!

Why do we pilgrimage recidivists do this to ourselves? Am I shackled, no that would impede gait, chained, wrong as well, “called” to a desire to walk untold caminos from here to eternity: Uh huh!

I am resting in my lower bunk in Ourense, Spain.

Tuesday night, at the hostal in Madrid the receptionist said, “Please be patient, we’re trying to find you a bottom bunk”. I didn’t ask for one. Based on appearance, mine, they assumed the need.

Until a moment ago a fellow pilgrim from France was treating the dorm to a soft sounds jazz soundtrack.

Should he remain awake only quiting melodies until the last pilgrim eye is shut for the night: Uh huh!

BTW: he’s a French fellow do over. This is his fourth camino: Seville to Spain.

Oh! I forgot.

About two blocks shy of albergue an old and possibly dumb man, he said not a word, followed me down cobbled street right to albergue door.

Was I scared, no.

A bit creeped out: Uh huh!

The Great Universe gave me this rainbow while riding train, Madrid to Ourense, this morning.
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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Hoping you have an amazing and rewarding camino, NYC, and that it provides you with everything you have yearned for it to be. I'm glad to hear you have walked in winter before, as it's come very early to many parts of Spain.
Keep us posted as you find time and energy.
CC
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Well,

These past five years, last camino winter 2014, did I thirst for yet another pilgrimage: Uh huh!

As I walked around airport in Madrid Tuesday morning searching for those familiar McDonald’s Golden arches, with an unfamiliar menu, did I asked meself: What the heck were you thinking. Uh huh!

Why do we pilgrimage recidivists do this to ourselves? Am I shackled, no that would impede gait, chained, wrong as well, “called” to a desire to walk untold caminos from here to eternity: Uh huh!

I am resting in my lower bunk in Ourense, Spain.

Tuesday night, at the hostal in Madrid the receptionist said, “Please be patient, we’re trying to find you a bottom bunk”. I didn’t ask for one. Based on appearance, mine, they assumed the need.

Until a moment ago a fellow pilgrim from France was treating the dorm to a soft sounds jazz soundtrack.

Should he remain awake only quiting melodies until the last pilgrim eye is shut for the night: Uh huh!

BTW: he’s a French fellow do over. This is his fourth camino: Seville to Spain.

Oh! I forgot.

About two blocks shy of albergue an old and possibly dumb man, he said not a word, followed me down cobbled street right to albergue door.

Was I scared, no.

A bit creeped out: Uh huh!

The Great Universe gave me this rainbow while riding train, Madrid to Ourense, this morning.
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Buen Camino, Chica.
 

nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
Hello,

I earned my Compostela today.

I didn’t know about: La Cuesta. A moniker locals have given it. The hill with a too steep grade. It’s a wonder I didn’t fall over backwards.

Just before I reached the summit, marker on road said 3,000m.

I climbed 3,000m!

Gosh, I felt as if I reached the top of Everest without Sherpas, and risk of death via cold.

Although, death by-way-of speeding cars on narrow path seemed somewhat quite likely.

I used up so much time on that road, hours I think, that I learned every crack and crevice of it.

I sat down on white stone in middle of road, and watched the cars whiz past for minutes.

I wet my pants, no urine involved, just sat on wet mossy stones again and again.

Periodically, I would stand in one place looking dejected; following paragraph will explain why.

I’ll be honest. I made a pack with the Great Universe. Says I, “If a vehicle offers a lift I’ll take it”. Every know and again I’d feign more pain than experiencing looking pitiful as four wheels zoomed along.

Alas, no takers.

In the end that was wonderfully fine.

It just felt so good to rise to the occasion.

However, if I could have ridden that horse, I would have.

Hasta mañana.
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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Hello,

I earned my Compostela today.

I didn’t know about, La Cuesta, that’s what the locals called it. The hill outside of Ourense on way to Cea.

Just before I reached the summit, marker on road said 3,000m.

I climbed 3,000m!

Gosh, I felt as if I reached the top of Everest without Sherpas, and risk of death via cold.

Although, death by-way-of speeding cars on narrow path seemed somewhat likely.

I used up so much time on that road, hours I think, that I learned every crack and crevice of it.

I sat down on white stone in middle of road, and watched the cars whiz past for minutes.

I wet my pants, no urine involved, just sat on wet mossy stones again and again. I stood in one place looking dejected, following paragraph will explain why.

I’ll be honest. I made a pack with the Great Universe. Says I, “If a vehicle offers a lift I’ll take it”. Every know and again I’d feign more pain than experiencing, and looked pitiful as four wheels zoomed along.

Alas, no takers.

In the end that was wonderfully fine.

It just felt so good to rise to the occasion.

I’m quite new at vlog, blog, LOC, so no pics.

I’ll endeavor to do better mañana.
I love your dialogue, girlfriend!
You managed 3000 meters with your own two feet and some wet pants...good for you! Uh-huh!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Hello,

I earned my Compostela today.

I didn’t know about: La Cuesta. A moniker locals have given it. The hill with a too steep grade. It’s a wonder I didn’t fall over backwards.

Just before I reached the summit, marker on road said 3,000m.

I climbed 3,000m!

Gosh, I felt as if I reached the top of Everest without Sherpas, and risk of death via cold.

Although, death by-way-of speeding cars on narrow path seemed somewhat quite likely.

I used up so much time on that road, hours I think, that I learned every crack and crevice of it.

I sat down on white stone in middle of road, and watched the cars whiz past for minutes.

I wet my pants, no urine involved, just sat on wet mossy stones again and again.

Periodically, I would stand in one place looking dejected; following paragraph will explain why.

I’ll be honest. I made a pack with the Great Universe. Says I, “If a vehicle offers a lift I’ll take it”. Every know and again I’d feign more pain than experiencing looking pitiful as four wheels zoomed along.

Alas, no takers.

In the end that was wonderfully fine.

It just felt so good to rise to the occasion.

However, if I could have ridden that horse, I would have.

Hasta mañana.
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You are so refreshing! Thanks for your really good humoured accounts, and well done on that Cuesta...
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
The highest point on Camino Sanabres is at about 1270 meters above sea level on the stage from Lubian to wherever you go that day. It's actually the border point between Castilla y Leon and Galicia. And the elevation gain to that highest point would be "only" 750mts in 3kms. It's a killer uphill I agree but 3000mts in one day??? - well for that you would have to be really extremely trained. I guess you've seen some highway distance marker :D

Congratulations for making it to Santiago nevertheless ;)
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
Way to go, @nyc. That climb out of Ourense is not fun. But you made it! Hope that the rest of the Camino goes well and that you have escaped the rash of cold and snow that northern Spain has been experiencing these past few days.

Buen camino, Laurie
 

Larry OHeron

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Via De La Plata
I really enjoyed the Camino Sanabres. Had one of my great revelations on the way out of Pueble de Sanabria.
Buen Camino!
 

nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
Way to go, @nyc. That climb out of Ourense is not fun. But you made it! Hope that the rest of the Camino goes well and that you have escaped the rash of cold and snow that northern Spain has been experiencing these past few days.

Buen camino, Laurie
Camino Sanabres seems to be a weather bubble. It’s a bit cold, yes. But, rain, hail, high winds and the like have passed us by.
 

nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
Cea to Castro Dozon.

The camino provided.

I was about 4 kilometers shy of albergue in Castro walking along the highway and aching, and aching, and aching.

A car pulled over a few paces ahead of me and man exited.

“Oh boy” says I.

Bye, bye Miss American pie...this will be the day that I die, or rather fight hook or crook not to so do.

Anyway, I stop short of car, pull out my phone.

He smokes a cigarette and waits.

I play with phone and wait.

Finally, he breaks weird stand off and approach’s. At this point I wished this nearly empty Spanish highway resembled Los Angeles’s and New York’s too full motorways.

As he came abreast he asked: “If I were going to Santiago”. He also said, “I looked tired”. No anger could 7B6F1F00-2859-46B4-B63E-A0ACAA1212D6.jpeg 7B6F1F00-2859-46B4-B63E-A0ACAA1212D6.jpeg F18DCE12-A517-4DA5-85FE-F267C19B1027.jpeg I summon, because I was moving along at a clip which would make the tortoise the hare.

He placed my backpack, my walking stick, and me in his car. Off we went to albergue’s front door.

In addition, he said: “it is far too dangerous for me to be alone, and my amigo should have kept me within his sight”.

Once in car he wanted to know if I were alone on camino. I lied and said my man was waiting for me at the albergue; just in case he was a psycho killer or about to commence said career.

I told him he was a “Camino Angel”.

Today, was a beautiful day on pilgrimage.

Oh, some pics of meal I purchased at the albergue for a measly 10 euro. I neglected to take pic of dessert/pudding. It was quite delicious.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
He was your camino angel for sure! You could have told him your priest was waiting up ahead.😉
Yummy looking meal...and a beautiful day for you on the camino!
 

nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
I thought long and hard about this pilgrimage.

I knew going in I might not make every step from Ourense to Santiago.

But, the window of opportunity to try, to see if I could might not come again: my illness is in remission and the four octogenarians for whom I have either full or nearly nil responsibility are at present, holding their own.

Four years ago, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune illness. The meds wasted my muscles, destroyed my joints via arthritis, and I went from size XS/S to XXL/XXXL on a five foot two inch frame.

The illness has improved enough for me to ask some questions of myself.

1. Where am I spiritually?

2. How am I physically?

3. Do I have any social skills in my kit bag?

I contemplated a prolonged retreat, but that answers the spiritual alone.

How about the gym: physical with a smidgen of social interplay. Yet, no spiritual.

Alas, the camino, checks all the boxes.

Four years ago, when I took the NYC subway stairs like Frankenstein’s monster in screaming pain, I promised the Almighty I would get up one more time: If I could walk normally again.

My physical question has been answered: a paradox. I am both far stronger and far weaker than I could have imagined.

From ages, 39-52, I am now 57, that gal: me, myself, and I averaged 28kms a day, at a bit over 4kms an hour, SJPP to Fisterra or other starting points, sans any assistance on the last 100kms, four times over.

Well, I now manage 2.5kms an hour. Between the third and fourth hour I am done, kaput, where’s the transport. Honestly, I wasn’t certain I could manage that much.

Socially, it is all still there. I am in the sandwich years: elderly parents and relations, and younglings in need of attention.

Most days my conversations are limited to an octogenarian with Alzheimer’s or the thirty-five and under crowd, with a few peers of the family kind thrown in.

Thrilled, am I to be with the 55-70 crowd whilst walking along, who are not family, and with whom I can trade war stories and camino adventures.

However, it is the spiritual that has taken my breath away.

Each day when I was spent, help arrived: transport, two days in Ourense albergue to rest, cough medicine, stumbling upon an albergue that looked closed where I was served an excellent pilgrim’s dinner; and passed a goodnight’s sleep.


Today, I again took the highway instead of path. Unlike yesterday I missed a necessary turn off to remain within vicinity of camino.

I was blissfully enjoying the nearly empty highway, the beautiful autumnal foliage, the sound of barking dogs, far, far afield.

After a few hours of this quiet contemplation on a deserted highway, I realized I was deep in trees, heard no dogs, and had seen nary a camino sign for at least an hour.

Just as I was about to panic an emergency 211 vehicle passed on other side of road. I flagged him down.

That man drove me back to Castro Dozon, today’s starting point, then we drove along the walking pilgrim’s path from there to albergue in Laxe.

Now, I know how those tire tracks end up on the way. He told me periodically rescue workers drive along looking for lost, or injured pilgrims.

The ride was fascinating. The Great Universe gifted me with the route.

Now, in a habitación individual in Silleda, with yesterday’s pilgrims in various and sundry rooms.

Over and out!
 
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Bristle boy

If not now...when? If not you...who?...........
Camino(s) past & future
2019
I thought long and hard about this pilgrimage.

I knew going in I might not make every step from Ourense to Santiago.

But, the window of opportunity to try, to see if I could might not come again: my illness is in remission and the four octogenarians for whom I have either full or nearly nil responsibility are at present, holding their own.

Four years ago, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune illness. The meds wasted my muscles, destroyed my joints via arthritis, and I went from size XS/S to XXL/XXXL on a five foot two inch frame.

The illness has improved enough for me to ask some questions of myself.

1. Where am I spiritually?

2. How am I physically?

3. Do I have any social skills in my kit bag?

I contemplated a prolonged retreat, but that answers the spiritual alone.

How about the gym: physical with a smidgen of social interplay. Yet, no spiritual.

Alas, the camino, checks all the boxes.

Four years ago, when I took the NYC subway stairs like Frankenstein’s monster in screaming pain, I promised the Almighty I would get up one more time: If I could walk normally again.

My physical question has been answered: a paradox. I am both far stronger and far weaker than I could have imagined.

From ages, 39-52, I am now 57, that gal: me, myself, and I averaged 28kms a day, at just under 4kms an hour, SJPP to Fisterra or other starting points, sans any assistance on the last 100kms, four times over.

Well, I now manage 2.5kms an hour. Between the third and fourth hour I am done, kaput, where’s the transport. Honestly, I wasn’t certain I could manage that much.

Socially, it is all still there. I am in the sandwich years: elderly parents and relations, and younglings in need of attention.

Most days my conversations are limited to an octogenarian with Alzheimer’s or the thirty-five and under crowd, with a few peers of the family kind thrown in.

Thrilled, am I to be with the 55-70 crowd whilst walking along, who are not family, and with whom I can trade war stories and camino adventures.

However, it is the spiritual that has taken my breath away.

Each day when I was spent, help arrived: transport, two days in Ourense albergue to rest, cough medicine, stumbling upon an albergue that looked closed where I was served an excellent pilgrim’s dinner; and passed a goodnight’s sleep.


Today, I again took the highway instead of path. Unlike yesterday I missed a necessary turn off to remain within vicinity of camino.

I was blissfully enjoying the nearly empty highway, the beautiful autumnal foliage, the sound of barking dogs, far, far afield.

After a few hours of this quiet contemplation on a deserted highway, I realized I was deep in trees, heard no dogs, and had seen nary a camino sign for at least an hour.

Just as I was about to panic an emergency 211 vehicle passed on other side of road. I flagged him down.

That man drove me back to Castro Dozon, today’s starting point, then we drove along the walking pilgrim’s path from there to albergue in Laxe.

Now, I know how those tire tracks end up on the way. He told me periodically rescue workers drive along looking for lost, or injured pilgrims.

The ride was fascinating. The Great Universe gifted me with the route.

Now, in a habitación individual in Silleda, with yesterday’s pilgrims in various and sundry rooms.

Over and out!
You, girl, have just shown that the real stars living in Los Angeles are not of the “Hollywood” variety.
Well done and look forward to seeing you on the “not serious” side 🤗
 
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nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
You girl have just shown that the real stars living in Los Angeles are not of the “Hollywood” variety.
Well done and look forward to seeing you on the “not serious” side 🤗
Ahh!

Thank you much!
 

DeansFamily

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 18/916/10/17 Muxia/Finisterre 18/10-22/10/17 Norte 21/4-29/5/18 Primitive 20/9-5/10/18 VdlP
Cea to Castro Dozon.

The camino provided.

I was about 4 kilometers shy of albergue in Castro walking along the highway and aching, and aching, and aching.

A car pulled over a few paces ahead of me and man exited.

“Oh boy” says I.

Bye, bye Miss American pie...this will be the day that I die, or rather fight hook or crook not to so do.

Anyway, I stop short of car, pull out my phone.

He smokes a cigarette and waits.

I play with phone and wait.

Finally, he breaks weird stand off and approach’s. At this point I wished this nearly empty Spanish highway resembled Los Angeles’s and New York’s too full motorways.

As he came abreast he asked: “If I were going to Santiago”. He also said, “I looked tired”. No anger couldView attachment 66738View attachment 66738View attachment 66739 I summon, because I was moving along at a clip which would make the tortoise the hare.

He placed my backpack, my walking stick, and me in his car. Off we went to albergue’s front door.

In addition, he said: “it is far too dangerous for me to be alone, and my amigo should have kept me within his sight”.

Once in car he wanted to know if I were alone on camino. I lied and said my man was waiting for me at the albergue; just in case he was a psycho killer or about to commence said career.

I told him he was a “Camino Angel”.

Today, was a beautiful day on pilgrimage.

Oh, some pics of meal I purchased at the albergue for a measly 10 euro. I neglected to take pic of dessert/pudding. It was quite delicious.
purchased
Just fantasising about food again.... and saw your photos. We are further back on the Sanabres and would really like to know where you enjoyed this meal. What alburgue was it?
 

nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
Just fantasising about food again.... and saw your photos. We are further back on the Sanabres and would really like to know where you enjoyed this meal. What alburgue was it?
Casrto Dozon.

The albergue looks deserted. It is not.

The food is on offer from 1-7. Soup or salad, several choices of entree, and quite a few desserts to be had. All for 9 euros.

The hospitalera arrives at 4pm. But, you can pick out a bed upon arrival. Albergue does not open until 1pm.

Price is 6 euros.
 

nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
Uh huh!
For the first time since I returned from my last camino, April 2014, I feel light as a dove’s feather spiritually whilst lying in my semi-recumbent position in bed.

A place where I have been these last few years with remote and soda and snacks to hand, spending 49% of time lamenting what was, 49% of time fearing the future, and a mere 2% of time in present.

Well, from Ourense to Santiago, I realized the past is over and done, the future can be prepared for as much as possible.

However, the present is all I possess.

Ourense gave me As Burgas, the hot thermal baths, a two minute walk from albergue.

During day’s twilight I enjoyed sitting in them whilst a light drizzle sprinkled over me.

The “big hill” leaving Ourense began the lightening of my spirit.

Each step up that mountain was a step out of the weight of pain with which I’ve been carrying nearly since finishing another CF camino April 2014.

Castro Dozon gave me one of the tastiest pilgrim’s meal I have eaten within or without an albergue

An offer of cold shower or hot sponge bath was also to be had at CD, I chose the latter.

Also, tossed into nice camino time at CD, a wonderful autumnal bucolic vista outside dorm room and a camino family for the next few days.

On the next day, We landed at Xunta albergue in Laxe on a Sunday. There weren’t any open pilgrims aids: restaurants, cafe, bar. And, albergue was a bit too cold for a rainy day.

So we pushed on this way and that to Silleda’s Albergue Turístico with plenty of food and warmth to be had.

Ponte Ulla to Santiago on my own.

But, in Santiago, I did have that random, OMG never thought to see you again moment, with a camino family member.

I did not go on pilgrimage for interior healing and cleansing, but boy is that what I got: Uh huh!

I did not go on pilgrimage to have grace, and mercy, and favor, and out-of-the-blue assistance; that’s what I got: Uh huh, a million times over.

I went to see what was left in my physical ability tank post diagnosis fours years ago not much: Uh huh!

But, time in gym, yuck two times, and more dance classes, and weight loss will change that.

That is going to hard: Uh huh!

It rained everyday from Madrid to Ourense to Santiago then back to Madrid.

The rain in Spain does not remain mainly on the plain.

In Ourense, I bought a nice red poncho and semi-waterproof gloves. My boots were not waterproof as they say, but water resistant. However, for the most part, these items kept me warm and not too wet.

A many few years back, a Japanese college professor said her culture sees rain as a cleansing agent.

Do I concur: Uh huh!
 
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VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
I realized the past is over and done, the future can be prepared for as much as possible.

However, the present is all I possess.
Uh huh...and amen!
So happy for you to have had this camino at last, @nycwalking!

It rained everyday from Madrid to Ourense to Santiago then back to Madrid.

The rain in Spain does not remain mainly on the plain.
Shaw obviously never walked a camino...
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
For me, without a doubt, this is the most exhilarating and life-affirming thread I have read in a long time. Many of have our own bumps and challenges and frustrations, but your tale is really exceptional, @nyc. Thank you so much for helping me put my own situation in perspective and for reaffirming once again how the Camino can be such an important part of helping us make sense of our own lives.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Really happy that you have been the3re and done it. The best part will be someday to coincide. Safe home. Without guns.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Uh huh!
For the first time since I returned from my last camino, April 2014, I feel light as a dove’s feather spiritually whilst lying in my semi-recumbent position in bed.

A place where I have been these last few years with remote and soda and snacks to hand, spending 49% of time lamenting what was, 49% of time fearing the future, and a mere 2% of time in present.

Well, from Ourense to Santiago, I realized the past is over and done, the future can be prepared for as much as possible.

However, the present is all I possess.

Ourense gave me As Burgas, the hot thermal baths, a two minute walk from albergue.

During day’s twilight I enjoyed sitting in them whilst a light drizzle sprinkled over me.

The “big hill” leaving Ourense began the lightening of my spirit.

Each step up that mountain was a step out of the weight of pain with which I’ve been carrying nearly since finishing another CF camino April 2014.

Castro Dozon gave me one of the tastiest pilgrim’s meal I have eaten within or without an albergue

An offer of cold shower or hot sponge bath was also to be had at CD, I chose the latter.

Also, tossed into nice camino time at CD, a wonderful autumnal bucolic vista outside dorm room and a camino family for the next few days.

On the next day, We landed at Xunta albergue in Laxe on a Sunday. There weren’t any open pilgrims aids: restaurants, cafe, bar. And, albergue was a bit too cold for a rainy day.

So we pushed on this way and that to Silleda’s Albergue Turístico with plenty of food and warmth to be had.

Ponte Ulla to Santiago on my own.

But, in Santiago, I did have that random, OMG never thought to see you again moment, with a camino family member.

I did not go on pilgrimage for interior healing and cleansing, but boy is that what I got: Uh huh!

I did not go on pilgrimage to have grace, and mercy, and favor, and out-of-the-blue assistance; that’s what I got: Uh huh, a million times over.

I went to see what was left in my physical ability tank post diagnosis fours years ago not much: Uh huh!

But, time in gym, yuck two times, and more dance classes, and weight loss will change that.

That is going to hard: Uh huh!

It rained everyday from Madrid to Ourense to Santiago then back to Madrid.

The rain in Spain does not remain mainly on the plain.

In Ourense, I bought a nice red poncho and semi-waterproof gloves. My boots were not waterproof as they say, but water resistant. However, for the most part, these items kept me warm and not too wet.

A many few years back, a Japanese college professor said her culture sees rain as a cleansing agent.

Do I concur: Uh huh!
NYC, your writing style is very special and unique like you are!...A combination of poetry/prose all rolled into one interesting read! Thank you for sharing your 💖!
 

DeansFamily

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 18/916/10/17 Muxia/Finisterre 18/10-22/10/17 Norte 21/4-29/5/18 Primitive 20/9-5/10/18 VdlP
Thank you so much for your post about the food at Castro Dozon alburgue. We fought through horrible weather for the last 5 km and it was so worth it for the pilgrim menu there. The thought of the meal awaiting us kept me going. Just the thing to warm up a frozen pilgrim 👍 🙂
 

nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
I don't believe it. It's not over. You'll be reliving this forever.
Rick,

You are right.

Starting to build me strength because: Next year, 2020, May to June/July, I really want to walk Seville to Astorga to Ponferrada to Camino Invierno to Camino Sanabres to Santiago to Muxia to Fisterra.

Then 2021June to July 25TH, I want to walk SJPP to Santiago; enjoy Holy Year celebrations. Then walk on to Muxia to Fisterra.

After that, we shall see.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Rick,

You are right.

Starting to build me strength because: Next year, 2020, May to June/July, I really want to walk Seville to Astorga to Ponferrada to Camino Invierno to Camino Sanabres to Santiago to Muxia to Fisterra.

Then 2021June to July 25TH, I want to walk SJPP to Santiago; enjoy Holy Year celebrations. Then walk on to Muxia to Fisterra.

After that, we shall see.
Those are some big plans! Good for you! 💕
 

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