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Day 34 July 2 The Arrival

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I was up with the first rustlings of other pilgrims on this final day. It was 5 AM – still pitch black but I was dressed and standing on the road outside the alburgue in a matter of 15 minutes. I said a prayer of thanks for the journey and affirmed that whatever insights were wanting to come to me, that I would be fully receptive to hear them on this, the 34th day – the day of completion. I dug my pinlight out of my pouch for in less than 10 minutes I was deep in the woods again. Thick dense…

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Day 33 July 1 Arco do Pino – The Last Alburgue

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You can feel the anticipation of completion among everyone. It is sort of the Christmas Eve of the Camino, a moment within this month long build-up that you both love and yet also yearn for the transformation of morning to come. And within this 33rd day of travel, I knew there would never be anything like this to cross my life path again – there would never be anyway to accurately articulate this experience to anyone unless they’d choose to travel here and set one foot in front of the other based on some internal tug. This would be a…

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Day 32 June 30 The Home Stretch

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Gorgeous morning skies opened up with the rise of the sun and I seem to take a record number of pics while starting out as my mind and body felt rested from last night’s accomodations. Today was Palas del Rei to Ribadiso – a lengthy 27 kilometer day. I wore short “footie” socks with the open hiking sandals again and there seemed to be enough support and a large enough area around my toes to avoid any additional pain or swelling. The hiking boots were now permanently stuffed into side pouches on the backpack. With the footwear situation handled, I…

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Day 31 June 29 When It Rains

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I managed in the sandal/shoes with a pair of footie socks to help cushion my throbbing toenails. It was, however, a staggering, stumbling kind of day – uniquely humid, repetitive gradual climbs and what felt to be an unbearably lengthy time of simply trying to wake up. There has been a lot of tossing and turning over the past weeks and I am beginning to notice how sleep deprived I feel. Perhaps this morning was just a cumulative sensation of all of that coupled with the new emotional and physical dealings with my toe(s). They look so bad that it can be…

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Day 30 June 28 Shrinking Boots

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There was a doable 6 kilometer walk to the larger town of Sarria where Mark, Barbara and I treated ourselves to a breakfast buffet at a real hotel – not a hostal mind you, a real hotel with like a lobby and a staff that bathed and wore crisp uniforms….. It was just so out of the norm after all this time to be in a hotel dining room atmosphere with a smattering of tourist and here were the three of us – already aromatic, bed-head dreads trying to blend in. 🙂 The buffet was delicious – particular the watermelon…

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Day 29 June 27 Choose Ye This Day For Me

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Around 6 AM, Mark and I stood about 4 pilgrims deep around a makeshift bar and ate a couple of bites of toast and drank a small paper cup full of cafe con leche. He suggested I go ahead since Barbara was not ready and they would catch up later. What must go up must come down and the first 10 kilometers of that morning were to be twist and turns down, down, down again. I noticed that my right boot felt as though it had shrunk a 1/2 size because there was now a fairly intense pinching going on…

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Day 28 June 26 Merciless Climbs And Learning Muerte

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And the cellular memory of Day 1 kicked back in. It was to be a day merciless ascents. The irony of these kinds of days is that the views are spectacular and yet, I am breathing so hard, sweating so intensely, gageing each step and playing whatever mind games that will keep me sane for the next 7 hours of this, that I often find myself critical of not enjoying it more. So between the rest, I would look out into the cold hanging mist now hovering at my level and flow some appreciation. The great thing was that my…

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Day 27 June 25 The Doorway of Forgiveness

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Slept hard that night. Body really needed it and having guzzled down so much water before bed has helped the swelling in the right leg tendons. Started out about 6:45 AM staying mostly on a main road out of town until an alternate route was offered off of that before getting to the town of Villafrañca del Bierzo. Checked inward and even though staying on the main road would have been faster this morning, something said take the alternate route. So I listened to my gut and angled to the right. At first after encountering a fairly steep hill, I…

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Day 26 June 24 The Joys of an ATM and a Pepperoni Pizza

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The ibuprofen (also known as hiker´s candy) definitely has a time release. I´m discovering I need to get educated on that part. Back out that morning on the Camino and I guess you could say the “novocaine” wore off. Ahhhhhhh! So much for trying to have a drug free day. I took more Ibuprofen and hobbled my way into the big industrial city of Ponferrada. It is the first city I´ve seen in these northern regions where the graffiti is out of control. I mean out of control – as in everywhere – as on the sides of churches, houses,…

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