Closing in on 500 Miles

I walked past the Iglesia Santa Marina as it’s bells rang out 8:00 am. Today was a very foggy and misty day, as it was meant to be. The fog did not lift until I passed the 100 kilometer marker.

You know that today was going to be different. Let me list a few things I noticed for the first time on the Camino: much bigger groups, but admittedly not as many people as I thought, including school kids and bus tours; the bars had souvenir shops attached, with plenty of shoppers; people asking for money; actual taxi cabs parked at crossroads instead of a sticker with taxi phone numbers; and what I would call sticker frenzy.

But it was still a wonderful day. I stopped for my breakfast and chatted with another pilgrim from Korea who had started a few days after me. We commented on the “newbies”, and noted they were not much different than ourselves in the early days. Another long-time peregrino from Andalucía called these new folks the turigrinos or casacompostelanos. This was number 7 for him, so he has earned the right to call the rest of us whatever he wants. He is a man of a thousand stories. He told me that no one understands how unburdened he feels when he hoists his backpack on.

The fog did not lift until I reached the Camino marker indicating I had 100.000 km to go.
This Gallego has seen many a pilgrim go by. Probably wonders what the fuss is all about.
The old and the new. Antonio has been from Lisboa to Fatima to Lourdes to Rome and is now making his was to Santiago. His cart can be seen behind Maggie. Maggie started with Lisa and me in St Jean. She puts strands of tinsel in people’s hair. Her goal is to adorn 100 heads by the time she reaches Santiago. Mine was number 77.

By the way, I have selected my Camino anthem. It would not have been appropriate until after Sarria. I have not really listened to any music while walking. It seemed like such a distraction. But today I played my anthem and it actually brought a tear of joy to my eye!

3 thoughts on “Closing in on 500 Miles

  1. A completely intentional cliffhanger — I can’t wait to hear your anthem. Last night we opened a beautiful Brunello, selected in Italy with you and Paula, and toasted to our Peregrino. Bon Suerte on these last 100 and Dios los Bendiga!


  2. I hope you have received my posts. We have been unable to open things here Macaronesia. I know You are in Gods Shadow. Carry on Jim.


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