Wednesday, July 8, 2015

CISVAAA Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela - Day 3: O Cebreiro to Triacastela

We had a bit of a relaxed start this morning, with a shorter distance to walk today, only twenty kilometers. We began in the mist and chill, wondering whether or not to wear our jackets. The mist soon cleared on our way down the mountain and the jackets became immaterial.  We had expected a largely downhill walk, but found that there was a good mix of both downhill and uphill.

As we entered Padornelo, we sat down at a restaurant for a rest and again chatted with some fellow pilgrims.  We met some brothers from the order of the Sacred Heart who were escorting a group of senior high school students on the Camino. One had some Canadian connections and we accompanied them partway on the journey, discovering the commonalities between our school experiences. We also met father and daughter pilgrims from the United States, who were making a spiritual journey together, making memories that neither would forget. As we journeyed down the mountain, we found ourselves on a cattle road and we shared our Camino journey with God's creatures.  What a treat!

As we entered Triacastela and found our hotel, we were glad to spend some time in relaxed companionship. We even had our restaurant server deliver Marian's mail to the mailbox, free of charge! We reviewed the day, made plans for tomorrow and thanked God together for the blessings of our journey.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for blogging; it's the perfect companion to your FB photo journal, with the words fleshing out the glorious images. I love the stories about the other pilgrims you've met, especially the one about the couple who walked the Camino then left their former lives to run a restaurant for other pilgrims ... talk about a life-altering experience ... wow. Prayers and love to you all.


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