Day 11/ Sept 22 El Camino/Pedrafita do Cebreiro to Sarria

We are resting with a cup of tea in Our apartment in Sarria after a trying day. We are living the Camino, no need to walk.

Chris, Mary and Jonathan started out early and Di and I went down for breakfast about 7:30 and met up with Rob and Bev our dear Camino friends from Vancouver. Rob had started having blurry vision in his right eye yesterday afternoon while on the camino. He awoke to continued blurry vision this morning so decided to go to the clinic behind the hotel and get checked. We sat and visited with Bev. After about an hour the clinic receptionist came and whisked Bev away. Di and I sat for another half hour then I went over to the clinic to check on them and give them my email address. The receptionist explained that they had been transported by ambulance to a hospital in Lugo about 60 K away. We struggled with how we could contact them with no phone service to even leave a message at the hospital. Then I remembered they had a room booked in Sarria tomorrow night and I had slipped Bev our address if they wanted to connect. So we shall see. We hope and pray for the best.

Di and I were taxied by taxi Ana today over to Sarria. She taxied us yesterday and we were pleased but today she let us down. She did not know our destination address and had her dispatcher look it up for her. She left us off over a mile away in the wrong location which by Camino standards is nothing but for a woman with blown out knees it was eternity. We had our two packs and afternoon heat and hills and stairs and circles as people did not know the street and on and on. Finally a bar owner knew and carefully directed me. I left Di, checked in 3 hours after the expected time went back and got Di and the packs and we both sat catatonic for a bit. After breathing, food was our only thought. All the restaurants were closed for siesta but we set out. We came upon a grocery and put together a very satisfying meal. Again we are very proud of this day with no English, and we did land in a very good place. We are happy to stay in one place for two nights.

I just read this to Di and she is laughing so hard she is crying. I think she approves this message. She said, “This is the strangest road to Santiago.”

Author: Mindful Contemplations

A weekly blog, in prose, poetry, or memoir, finding the sacred within the ordinary day to day experience. I offer inspiration and contemplation on the soul journey of the human spirit, diving deep and surfacing with hope.

7 thoughts on “Day 11/ Sept 22 El Camino/Pedrafita do Cebreiro to Sarria”

  1. When I read this quote today by Tony Robbins, I thought of you two forging your own Camino: “No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” Be safe and take care!


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  2. We read your updates every night during dinner and the kids have both remarked at all of your courage and how amazing your adventure has become. I am learning that the Camino is really about that adventure, the experiences, the encounters, and the stories. And that it’s less about counting steps. I think this would be true for all past Pilgrams as well. You will reach your destination and the walking path gives the trip a formal structure to build around, but it’s really your experiences on and off the path and all of the challenges and surprises in between that create your story. As Bud would say, “life isn’t about the tracks, but the switches that move us from one track to another”. We look forward to reading more and your photos are fantastic!

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    1. Thank you Brian for your beautiful response. Quoting Bud brought on a few tears of joy. Thank you for that. I woke this morning creating my post for the day which is all I have learned thus far on the Camino, life lessons. Your post reflects my thoughts. You truly are present with me and I am grateful. Hugs and love to you all.


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