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Day 23 June 21 Fairytales and Legends

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All that rest does a body good and I was up, packed and out the door of the alburgue by 5 AM. Walking through the dark, using my small-pinlight to help guide me through a short, forested road, I thought of vampires and creatures of the night. Vampires like Europe more than the States, right? Spain just sounds more geographically appropriate/romantic for mythic creatures rather than say something like, Alabama. A bit spooked at first, I kept walking briskly till the beginnings of daylight showed and felt remarkably well. Even at 27 kilometers, I looked forward to a long trek…

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Day 22 June 20 Asphalt and Concrete

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It was a bit much navigating my way out of Leon. I stood up from a restless night of sleep somewhere around 6 AM. I looked across the floor of the men´s quarters (it was run by nuns – no coed sleeping here) and saw Mark dressed and putting on his backpack. I motioned to him and thought that he saw me but in 10 minutes when I was on the street, I did not see he and new arrival Barbara waiting. I looked everywhere for the yellow arrow marker but they were all ones that simply pointed back to…

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Day 21 June 19 Leon – A City With Life

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With the talk of so much happening in Leon today, or at least rumored to be, it felt appropriate to get an early start in order take in as much of this city as possible. Leaving at 5 AM, I was cresting the hill and viewing the city by 8:45. It took another hour to make the descent and cross town to the Benedictine Alburgue where Mark had said to stay so we could meet Barbara Oltman from Los Angeles who would begin the journey with us the following day. You could immediately feel the difference in Leon compared to…

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Day 20 June 18 Mañsilla

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Felt enourmously better. Still have the cough and the mucous but I´ll accept those anytime without the fever. My spirits were lifted and I felt like the simple gift of having that private room to go through my physical process had re-energized my belief in my capabilities to handle this entire pilgimage. After crossing the finish line of yesterday, I knew I could continue on. Even facing the long 26.3 kilometers destination did not seem to phase me in the same way. By 5 AM I was tiptoeing down the stairs of the hostal (as quietly as one can tip-toe…

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Day 19 June 17 Fever In The Morning, Fever All Through The Night

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” A threat leads to nothing if it is not accepted. In fighting the good fight you should never forget that. Just as you should never never forget that both attacking and fleeing are part of the fight. What isn´t part of the fight is becoming paralyzed by fear.” Paulo Cuolho – The Pilgrimage It felt like I was to walk the gangplank today – a walk that could very well end this journey for me. “How stupid,” I thought, “to have waited all this time, come all this way, walked all these miles and have it end because of…

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Day 18 June 16 You Give Me Fever

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Everyone seemed to start the morning with a bit of dread for the maps, guidebooks, etc made it very clear that you were in for a long 17 kilometers of nothing before the next chance to get food or water. It was surprisingly chilly leaving Carrioñ and I finally made peace with the jacket purchase from Burgos. Digging it out of the backpack and putting it on was a “pilgrim” thrill for the hours ahead of me. It was a long and non-winding road, flat and unglamorous through plains of wheat in various stages of harvest and/or planting which I…

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Day 17 June 15 In Tribute To M. Scott Peck

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It was to be a road less traveled kind of day – thus the M. Scott Peck reference. You were offered two choices on the way to Carrioñ de los Condes, a seemingly quicker, albeit ugly roadside route or the original trail which followed along creeks. Walking together that day, Mark and I chose the latter and had he not been a keen observer, we would have been steered away from the creek path by misleading arrows that shortchanged the route back to the highway. So glad we walked the latter. It was a part of the original camino trek…

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Day 16 June 14 The Rain In Spain

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Up and moving by 5:30 AM, partially from choice, partially from a group of loud french people who broke out the cellophane bags and zip-locks around 4:45. No problems, for the morning provided a beautiful revelation. A very steep hill greeted me within the first hour and without so much as a flinch or moment of angst, I just began the climb. I climbed and climbed and climbed and breathed hard but the entire process was neither hard or easy – it just was and when I peaked the crest, I turned to view one of the most gorgeous sunrises…

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Day 15 June 13 Small Worlds and Small Towns

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Does heat make one dream more vividly or is it just the magic of the Camino? All through the night I was in full technicolor imagery as the head minister of some enormous mega-church with an office that looked more like a cathedral, various guest quarters for speakers and entertainers, efficient staff and the buzz of busyness more resembling a newsroom from a Superman movie than a church. Maybe a little too much time in the Cathedral at Burgos was floating around my subconscious. Rev. Sherrie my assistant was there with my dog Harper only it wasn´t Harper. It wasn´t…

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Day 14 June 12 And Returning For An Encore: Heat

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Remember the audition analogy the day before?  Apply it to prepping for certain types of weather. Whatever extremes of cold were experienced in days prior, mother nature well made up in equality for the other extreme. Early morning warmth soon turned into heat as Mark and I walked together towards the town of Horñillos de Camiño. With a promise of just over 20 kilometers it was to be a fairly easy day, but a later start from the hotel, a restless night and the heat seemed to make the day drag. You know those commercials where drops of sweat fall from…

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Day 13 June 11 The Wonders of Burgos

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It was a leisurely morning indeed and I felt odd not going through the now familiar routine of fastening on gear and plunging ahead on the trail. Seems there were a few others who had decided on the same respite as recognizable pilgrim faces lined the eateries outdoors along the multiple plazas and walkways. Breakfast outdoors on the plaza was particularly thrilling for the craving for basic bacon and eggs was soothed: Huevos Fritos con Jamon! There was an old addage from my acting days; if you are unhappy about the amount of auditions you are getting, go book a…

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Day 12 June 10 Getting to Burgos

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After celebrating the strangest, most unconventional birthday on record, the next morning brought on early morning rustling from most of the inhabitants in this dark, cold place. It was to be approx. 27 kilometers to the city of Burgos and all the guide maps forewarned that a big chunk of that path would be unglamorous industrial sections filled with factories, apartment buildings with lots of traversing on asphalt and pavement. The extra early morning rustling was most likely an indicator that the pilgrims around me were anxious to get to more hospitable accomodations even if it meant a bit of…

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