El Camino: Villafranca del Bierzo to Herrerias de Valcarce

Todays Trek: Villafranco del Bierzo to Herrerias de Valcarce.

Yesterday was not a good day. I’ve been fighting something. It’s either food poisoning or a virus which has affected my gut.

I haven’t eaten, can’t sleep through more than an hour at a time, and I’m tired. We walked 13 miles to Herrerías del Valcárce. The longest and slowest 13 miles ever.

You can’t imagine how much bread we have consumed.

Judy has been a blessing and has hung back to walk with me. But she put her foot down and let me know I would be taking a taxi for the next section which while only 5 miles is straight up a mountain.

The struggle to complete this pilgrimage has intensified and I’m beating myself up over this. While I’m not looking for sympathy I am wondering again why I have to be so competitive.

It’s not done unless it’s done all the way. It’s not ok if it’s not perfect. Everything has to be just right.

Pilar, the lady proprietor at our last hostal scolded me. She said, “when you get to Santiago that priest is t going to ask if you walked every inch of the way. He doesn’t care. Only God knows what’s in your heart.”

I will be seeing a doctor in the morning. Yikes.


Siempre pa’ adelante!


About Caro

I am a social worker by training and a peace officer by profession having worked with California’s delinquent youth and young adults for 28 years. I firmly believe that our development as humans depends on our environment and that sometimes we get stuck. As such, I write about those things we sometimes ignore or fail to see until we are forced to pay attention.
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