El Camino: Triacastela to Sarria

Today’s trek:  Triacastela to Sarria

Oh what a glorious morning!  We left Triacastela just as the sun started to peek past some rather dark clouds but I held my ground and didn’t toss on a jacket. We started walking ready to face another set of hills and eventually a long slope downward. 

What we were not completely cognizant of (and why would we be?) is that the trail is at the point where many people are just starting their journey.  

You see, the requirement for a certificate, if you are walking, is that you must start at least 100 km from Santiago. Sarria is the starting point for many pilgrims for that reason. 

We were kind of a curious as to why there were so many hikers and more importantly, why do they all smell good? 

So today it seemed as a parade exited little Triacastela. Many if not all of our rest stops were crowded and wait staff rushed around to serve everyone quickly. I guessed they might be used to it, given their location. 

Like me at the beginning of our journey, the new pilgrims took pictures of every building and animal they saw. They had big smiles on their faces and walked without limps. They talked…loudly to each other as they faced their first 12 miles. 

Ok, I still take animal pictures.

Their energy is palpable. And transferable. I walked a long way with a very young lady from Finland. Later crossing paths with old friends and acquaintances; we chatted and talked as we went. 

When we reached Sarria everyone was surprised at how quickly the time passed and how seemingly less difficult the climbs were than anticipated. 

As usual I walked in to find Judy waiting at our accommodation and I felt hungry. 

I felt hungry. 

I haven’t really eaten anything solid for 6 days. I had white rice and a little salmon for dinner the night before.  I asked for a piece of meat and a boiled potato. It was delicious, though I ate only a tiny portion. I am happy beyond belief. 

We have 5 walking days. Imagine what that sounds like to us. Please keep us in prayer. 

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Siempre pa’ adelante!

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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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