This blog is a record of my observations, experiences and crazy thoughts about my 800 kilometer pilgrimage across northern Spain: the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (April-May 2009).
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Day 9 - Viana - Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Los Arcos -> Viana = 19.5K (617.8K to go!)
I start my day feeding ducks outside the albergue. They seem to enjoy the cookies I share with them.
I continue to walk with Rese, though we spend the first few hours walking alone and later join forces again when we meet at a cemetery. We both take photos. Carved into the archway is this: “I was what you are. You will be what I am.”
From Sansol there is quite a panoramic view of Torres del Rio where there is an interesting octagonal church which is associated with the 12th Century Knights Templar.
We walk through a gorge which the guidebook calls: “Mule Killer Gulch” (Barranco Mataburros)- not exactly an optimistic name and as one might expect, the walk is quite challenging.
Logrono is only about 9K further (hidden by an odd mountain described as “flan-shaped”) but we elect to stop for the day in Viana, the last town in Navarre. It is a gem of stately old architecture. We wander around taking photos and watching people. I introduce Rese to chocolate con churros. (An addiction for many people!) It is a bitter, liquid hot chocolate drink best taken with fried dough (churros). This is a fine snack and is sometimes offered for breakfest and at fiestas.
I especially like the albergue’s courtyard with the panoramic views. I spend time there writing in my journal and soaking up the sun.
My knee is still troubling me. My CS friends back in the USA (Judy and Deanie) kindly shared these helpful thoughts (Truths to cling to) with me (thank goodness for e-mail). I mentally worked with these thoughts today as I walked:
You live in the Spirit. You love in the Spirit. You walk in the Spirit.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The Christian Scientist, understanding scientifically that all is Mind, commences with mental causation, the truth of being, to destroy the error. This corrective is an alternative, reaching to every part of the human system. According to Scripture, it searches "the joints and marrow," and it restores the harmony of man.
Sooner or later all shall know Him, recognize the great truth that Spirit is infinite, and find life in Him in whom we do "live, and move, and have our being" — life in Life, all in All.
“I Refused to Put Pain in my Backpack” (The title of a CS article by Katie S. Brown)! I like this idea. I must be careful about the ideas I allow into my own thoughts, just as I am careful about what I put in my backpack.
In April 2009, I began my 500-mile trek across the rocky paths and mountains of northen Spain. I finished my walk on the the ancient Way of St James (the Camino de Santiago de Compostela) in early June 2009.
I consider this a pilgrimage of gratitude. Each step was an opportunity to express gratitude for the abundance life offers; each footstep, one of finding joy. It was a humbling experience. It was a character-building experience. It was a spiritual adventure and a physical one too - who knew I was such a mountain goat? I hope you will enjoy my rambling, stream of consciousness obeservations of my experiences as a pilgrim on this historic pilgrimage route that really is only the begining.
Of course veteran pilgrims know: the Camino never ends - once a pilgrim, always a pilgrim. So, wherever YOUR path takes you, I wish you "Buen Camino".