Los Arcos to Viana, October 9, 2016
Yes, it was one of those Camino Days, starting one way, ending another. It is early Sunday morning around 730 as we headed out on our 12 mile walk. And this is how it started. From behind me:
I put in my ear buds, hit shuffle, and the song that started to play was the song Good Morning, from Mandisa:
It’s a good morning!
Wake up to a brand new day
I’m stepping, I’m stepping, stepping on my way
You give me strength,
You give me just what I need
And I can feel the hope that’s rising in me.
It’s a good morning
The path took us mostly on natural paths and dirt tracks through open farmland with little reminders along the way of how much this country cares for pilgrims.
Ended up sitting in the shadows of the ruins laughing and sharing stories with other pilgrims from different parts of the world and finding a wonderful connection with three wonderful ladies- Anne, Dawn and Jade. We were all going to go to dinner but the restaurants were closed until 8 and it was only 5pm.
And as The Camino provides we saw this sign
Ok, I will be honest, the carrot cake, cushy chairs and candels were a big draw. We sat and meditated while our hosts read passages from the Bible about trusting in our path and place in the world. Afterwards, we sat, drank tea and continued to share, not as pilgrims, but as new friends.