Wow! So great to hear from so many who are reading this blog. We were excited to read the Pioneer Press article online and know how much St. Anne's has done. We can't wait to see the path, and are encouraged by all the support of those who are walking with us and praying for us.
We have been without Internet access for most of the past week. We moved into a much more rural area, and the last few days especially have been walking through farmland and tiny farm villages. Cow pies everywhere (watch your step!) the older buildings are all made of stone with slate roofs or thatched roofs. We climbed to O Cebreiro and the down to Triacastela yesterday, over 31 kilometers. Today was just 19K into Sarria. But it's very hot--mid 90s.
Last night we attended the Pilgrims' Mass at Santiago Church in Triacastela. About 50 pilgrims crowded into the ancient stone church, and the priest welcomed us all. Prayers and scriptures were read in many languages. At the Lord's Prayer we all prayed in our own languages. Very moving.
We are 5 day's walk from Santiago now.
On May 27, 2011, we will lock our front door and set off on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, in northwestern Spain. We'll fly to Paris... Take a high speed train (TGV) to Bayonne, France... Change to a slower train that will take us to St. Jean Pied de Port, in the foothills of the Pyrenees -- where our walk begins. On May 29, Sunday, we will set out on foot for our 500-mile walk across Northern Spain.
The Camino de Santiago is a centuries-old pilgrimage trail. We join millions of pilgrims who have walked this path over the years.
Journey with us, as we post pictures and highlights of our adventure.