“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
Day 3 – Monday 8th October
My apologies for any incorrect spelling and the occasional grammatical errors. My proof reader has already advised me of my shortcomings so I will have to pay extra attention to what I write or else…….no trifle ..xxx
However I will put part of the blame on the annoying use of the autoprompt of the iPad and part on the Galician wine !! 🙂
It’s really amazing how one’s body can quickly recover from the previous day’s battering and be ready for another long day of walking. The vigour and energy that I awoke up this morning with at half past six even took me surprise.
Very likely, the adrenaline rush that I got knowing that I had already passed my first examination and that I was getting ready for more may have had something to do with it. But my focus and purpose is still intact.
This morning’s early start was delayed by half hour as I frantically searched for the hotel’s receptionist in order to pay my dues. In the end, I think it was the cook that came along to sort out my bill!
So far along the route I have been “clever” enough to stay away from straying away, but I have to admit that I almost got lost going from the hotel back on track del Camino, but this time I’ll blame the cook for some lousy directions!
So off I went with my head lamp on (thanks primo for the advice, not forgetting the walking poles too) searching for the elusive yellow arrows so early in the morning only to see some peregrinos in the distance. So I briskly set about to catch up with them. So “brisk” was I that I overtook them and now had become the leader of the group leading them through the dark woods. In fact I overheard a French couple mutter something along the lines of “follow the light”!!!
Jesus if you ‘re reading this, let me just say that I do not want your job!
So there I was, the blind leading the blind. By the time dawn broke I had advanced quite a bit and I was averaging 5km an hour which was quite good going but I knew I could not keep up this pace for too long. Further along at the 8th km the rain started to pelt down for almost an hour. That was its only showing. Other than that the weather was mild and not as hot as the day before.
The trek this time was relatively a lot easier, with a few hills and long stretches through farms, ventas, countryside, road paths and some very scenic locations.
So far the few people I met met have been very friendly but by and large the peregrinos are a quiet bunch when on the move. It’s even quite solemn as we all fall into a broken up procession of bedraggled folk with our walking poles and hunched backs carrying our necessary possessions for our journey. In my case too much… Still thinking of ditching stuff but I am resisting this temptation which normally crosses my mind around the 15 km mark. I wonder why?
Today, too, I have greeted others with our common greeting and even surprisingly some biking peregrinos have screamed it out as they whizz by. Truly a Camino moment.
I wouldn’t like to finish off without mentioning that today was also a tough day and El Camino has looked me in the eye and questioned my motives when the going has got tough and it is only by having focused on the purpose of the journey ahead that I have thankfully managed to reach my destination.
Todays destination is Palas de Rei, a roadside pueblo with equally scenic surroundings.
Its now 7pm and I can hear the church bells tolling which is my cue for supper time. Asi que……