Day Sixty

Last night we bumped into Katja, Michael and then Nikki found us. We ate bad pizza, drank green tea and then all went to our different albergues. Some idiots decided to spend ages making loads of noise and giggling like children, (yes I know that sounds like me but I was in bed)! I believe tonight is a good time to set my alarm… Not too early, maybe 6am.
When my alarm went off I was already awake but I decide to let it play for a while before opening the blinds and letting in the morning light. Oh dear did I wake last nights idiots, oh well.
Today still looks a little grey but at least there’s no rain at the moment. As we walk out of the town we are surrounded by hordes of pilgrims. Each coffee stop and bar we arrive at is overrun with them, pushing and shoving. Despite the 100km pilgrims, we come across others who started like me in le Puy en Velay, and a few who started from their homes further afield. The scenery although not the most photogenic is still pretty, more eucalyptus woods and small lanes passing through tiny villages. The path leading up and down slopes, some steeper than others.
The plan today is to get to Lavacolla, which is 10km from Santiago. Yesterday and today should be about the same 30km (roughly). The others who were a day behind, (as Neville had fallen and had to have stitches in his hand), had pushed on hard and were now only 10km behind. They would join us for the walk into Santiago tomorrow.
As it happens there isn’t much in Lavacolla and so we continue to Monte del Gozo, a kind of pilgrim barracks 4km outside the city. It can supposedly cater for 3000 pilgrims?! We talk to Carlos and the others and plan to meet them here to walk in together, but then the plans change again and we then agree to meet them at the Cathedral at 9am tomorrow. Everyone is excited, also a little nervous, but most of us are walking to Muxia and , so we have at least another four days walking. I’m a little worried and very excited as Jaz is arriving on Monday. Worried because I don’t want to put to much pressure on her walking with me?! 30km a day is a lot when you’re not used to it…
Oh for …… sake, I have an extra loud friggin snorer opposite me! I guess it would be wrong to put a pillow over his face so close to Santiago!?! (I am joking people)!!!
Ok it’s not late but my alarm is set for 5am… I don’t think things have sunk in yet but my blog will continue.
Ps. Quote of the day – be the change you wish to see in the world.
And for a lolly can you tell me who said it? No, he’s not on the Camino…!

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About waytosantiago

The way of St. James is one of the three largest Christian pilgrimages of the world. I intend to walk one of the many routes which begins in le Puy en Velay, France. The route has been trodden by many weary souls, looking for answers, looking for adventure, for the obvious religious reasons, or just walked for the sake of it. I first came across the route about 6 years ago whilst reading Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Pilgrimage’, I decided maybe something could be learnt from spending so much time on the road in solitude. Being the kind of person that lives to work, these ideas were put on hold whilst my life moved steadily forward. Recently I’ve found myself longing for adventure and decided it was time to begin planning. Another thing I decided was if I was going to do this, I may as well try and raise money for charity along the way. So the story begins...
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3 Responses to Day Sixty

  1. Very best of luck to you in the last few days of your trip. Are you going on to Finisterre? I’m sure your feet are wanting to stop! Take good care of yourself.

  2. Mike Davey says:

    Almost there mate I am so proud of you, was it a life changing experience as you expected? does the world suddenly look like a different place? Looking forward to catching up with you when you get back to talk all about it.

    Oh BTW how much weight have you lost? will I still recognise you?

  3. Mike Davey says:

    BTW the quote is Mahatma Ghandhi … lolly in the post?

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