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Keating Camino 2013
Begins: Sep 26, 2013
Date: Tue, Oct 22nd, 2013
Start: Santa Irene
End: Mont do Gozo
Daily Distance: 17.2
Trip Distance: 251.9
Entry Visits: 209
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Guestbook Entrys: 27
Thursday, October 10th
Santa Irene to Mont do Gozo -17.2 kms
Was another tough walk for us today. Gerry's feet were really hurting by the end of the day. I wasn't much better. We made a mistake today and pushed through with only short breaks. What we normally do is stop close to the 10 km mark and take off our boots and let both our feet and bodies rest for at least 15 minutes to up to an hour if we stop for lunch as well. We only had a muffin we saved from a great breakfast and water plus only one cafe con leche at a 6 km mark. We walked with Kent and Rosie to just past this cafe as Gerry needed to return as he left his water bottle behind. I am really enjoying the cafe con leche as they seem to have just the jolt I need each morning.
Staying in a municipal Albergue called a Yunta. They are very basic. No Wi-Fi either. We have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous. The blocks have turned out to be little rooms. Feels and looks a wee bit like a prison!! We are in cell block # 29, in room # 2905. There are 500 beds in this Albergue which is located 4.7 kms from Santiago.
Our roommates are all young (early 20's) Spanish speaking - turns out that the young lady who jumped in the river in a black bra and red hipster panties is not German but Spanish - she is one of our roommates 4 men, 2 ladies and the 2 old folks which of course are the two of us.
Should be an interesting night though our plan is to get up at 7 am and get on the road as soon as possible and walk into Santiago de Compestella with Kent and Rosie and go out for breakfast together when we arrive.
Last night at dinner Rosie, who was a nurse in her working career shared a funny story. She was mortified as she had to share what happened with the family. A gentleman who was under her charge was feeling better asked if he could shave himself. She gave him a razor and before she knew what happened, she looked back and saw that he had shaved part of his head. Also, just as she noticed this, he passed out and his face fell into his morning bowl of porridge.
Instead of smelling the roses, today, we stopped briefly to smell the eucalyptus. There were many eucalyptus trees on part of the shaded pathways.
This morning, I found myself brushing my teeth next to Kent. Again shared washrooms and at least we each had our own sink, side by side. We keep talking about all four of us celebrating the end of the Camino by showering together. Just kidding, however,every so often, you come across some really weird washroom facilities.
Having been singing a lot in the pilgrimage yet clearly we should have practiced before we left as we appear to only know the first verse of most songs/hymns. Where was Glenn when we needed him as we were singing quite a few show tunes?
The song that keeps me going most days is "one foot in front if the other...it's a very good place to be..." Somehow. I get the strength to continue walking when I start to sing it either out loud or in my head.
When we got to our Albergue, Gerry noticed a baseball cap left on the fence that said "Johnny Walker ... Keep on walking".
The monument at the top of Mont do Gozo is something quite spectacular. I'll post a photo of it with this blog.
The 2 people with three horses are here as well. We ran into at least a week ago, not sure where. Maybe they have cell blocks for livestock as well. (Later tonight we find out that one of the young men on horseback became one if our room mates. They are from France and live right on the border close to Spain in the Basque Country. They are going to go as far as Finisterre and then ride all the way back home. They had a accident yesterday and one of them was tossed of their horse yet no serious injury.).
We also noticed a couple of buses full of many school children who are staying in their own block for the night. The walk to Santiago is going to be very busy tomorrow and so is the cathedral. We have heard to get a seat you need to be there at least an hour before even though it has seats for 2000 people.
In the other Yunta where we stayed one night, a man named Bjorn wrote on the bottom of the bunk bed, "What is worse than bike riders on the Camino ... Well bike riders that start in Sarria". We have been almost knocked off the walking paths a couple of times by bikers riding by at incredible speeds with no notice. Makes you wonder why they just can't call out "hola" or use a bell to notify you they are coming. We have met lots that are extremely courteous and friendly as well.
Going through my head all day today is to be less of a helper and make more time for me. Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am. Be still and know. Be still. And finally and most important just BE.
Jennie and Gerry Keating