|Oh dear - miss-spelled! But Irish seems to have so MANY letters in it, no wonder I went wrong.......|
|Yet another 'long straight road ahead', thankfully mountains in the distance.|
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maragater%C3%ADa and yes, I see dangly earrings.
At lunchtime in Dublin, I was able to meet up with a new camino friend, pilgrim Ruth. It was great to hear her experiences of doing the camino many, many times (get that folks!) and I gained a lot of useful information about the camino we have already done, and the one(s) to come. Thus my hope, my plan to do the camino with the book of psalms divided up into 40 portions for 40 days' walking did not seem at all far-fetched or self-indulgent, and so as soon as I get home I'm going to produce a printed copy of the psalms so divided which will be the one I'll take.
I note in the journal that D stands out in my mind as a kind of walking human sat-nav; he's constantly reciting a list of facts and figures, thus 'It is now X km between this stream and the last village we passed through, so we are now walking at about 5 km per mile, and we are drinking water at 2 litres per day, and it is Y km to the next fuente so we'll fill our bottles up to half-full.....'
May 19th Day 20. Rabanal to Molinaseca.
This was a hot day. This would not seem worth remarking on in Spain, but this year it was, due to rotten weather so far. Pilgrim Ruth tells me that even into June, the weather was generally atrocious, so we were lucky to end up with a couple of decent-ish days at the end of May in Santiago. But we were never free of the need to carry winter woolies everywhere. But today, it was HOT, and the mountain we walked over was the scene of a mountain rescue operation, as some Spanish bloke had had too much (wine) to drink the night before, and didn't carry enough (water) to drink today, and so was dehydrated. We didn't see any of this happen, but news travels along the pilgrim grapevine.
|Morning shadow pilgrims|
|Cistus on descent from El Acebo|
|Mountain rockery, cistus & lavender|
|The long straight road into Molinaseca.|
But now I have to go and get myself ready to go out to the film 'The Way'. I'm hoping to recognise many places along the way. It's great to be seeing it in Ireland, as we met many Irish pilgrims. There'll be more on this anon....
But crikey, I can't stand this picture-less blog; I'll have to come back to these pages and replace the missing pics. [I have!]