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Melinda’s Camino De Santiago 2012 – Day 25

Day 25 – Hospital – Melide 28.7km – Wednesday 17/10/2012

After sleeping well, we started the day’s journey at around 7:30am. It was dark and raining, the heaviest it had rained so far on the Camino. Although we walked together, Ann, Dave and I were in our own worlds listening to the rain, taking one step after another, reflection on our trip and coming to the realisation that it was coming to an end.

We arrived in Melide at around 2:30pm. Although the walk was very wet and testing, especially when we saw a sign for a taxi (it’s funny that people would actually pay for one on the walk!), the scenery was lush and beautiful. A lot of pilgrims had decided not to walk today because of the rain but I had wanted to experience it. I wanted to experience the painful feet, to challenge my boundaries, test my body and my mind. It was a quiet walk and I found myself missing people from home and playing possible scenarios over and over in my head about some of the decisions I needed to make when I got home.

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I received a message from Sandor saying that he had finished his pilgrimage to Santiago and that he may still be there when I arrived. It was nice to hear from him but at the same time I was only interested in a friendship and it was obvious that he was keen for more.

When I arrived in Melide I knew that I had done enough walking for the day. My feet weren’t going to allow me to go any further even if I’d wanted to. After the teary day I’d had the day before I was starting to realise my limits. The rain was certainly testing my limits too – it hadn’t stopped raining all day. Ann however, decided to continue on and we said our farewells.

Dave and I had a look around the place. We met a really nice American guy whom, I must admit, I found extremely attractive! He just oozed energy and had a mysterious charm about him.

We enjoyed a salad and pasta for dinner and decided on having an early night. As I lay in bed I started looking forward to Finisterre. I wasn’t sure yet if I would walk or bus it there. All I knew was that I wasn’t looking forward to going back to work or my normal life – I just wanted to travel more. Only next time with more financial freedom to stay in nicer places. I was getting over the yucky showers and beds.

I couldn’t believe that there were only two more days left – a 33km journey and 20.9km one.

 

Awarness Gained Along The Way

I had a moment of clarity. It’s time for me to stop worrying about what everyone else is doing and let go of what I can not control

I learn by being challenged.

I am too competitive to miss the obvious signs.

Melinda’s Camino De Santiago 2012 – Day 24

Day 24 Sarria – Hospital 35.6km Tuesday 16/10/2012

Today I slept in until 7:40am, my body really needed the rest. I ate a big meal of leftovers for breakfast before heading off at around 9am. I felt a little tired and cranky at the start of the day and the rain didn’t help with my mood.
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Along the way, Ann and I came face-to-face with a big crank dog. My heart was pounding with fear. Soon the feeling passed and we kept walking staying calm and strong.
Along the way I met an interesting New Zealand man who was a teacher, he took the time to ask many questions and it was nice to chat to him.
It was very amazing reaching the ‘100km to go’ sign. I was still undecided as to whether I was going to do the additional walk to Finisterre/Muxia after Santiago. I just felt so content to see the sign. 100km seemed like nothing after having already completed 700km.
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The 22.9km walk to Portormarin was hard, and at this point in the walk I made the call to keep going. It seemed like a good idea at the time but wasn’t so. The first 5km I walked alone but never far from others as I wasn’t feeling that great, I had tummy pains and my feet ached big time, I had to keep stopping to stretch and rub my feet as they were cramping so bad, I then hit a big wall in the first 5km, the pain was so bad, I was cranky and tired. There were lots of tears today. I just didn’t want to walk. This was the first day I’d felt like this. It was really confronting feeling so weak and negative. Thankfully Ann stayed with me to the end the last 5km.
We stayed in a very basic albergue. Thankfully we already had eggs cooked from the night before so we just had them on bread for dinner. Dave and I traded foot massages before crashing for the night. I was absolutely shattered.

Awareness gained along the way

Instead of listening to what my body was trying to tell me, I got really frustrated with my feet.
I am feeling a little anxious and excited about the walk coming to an end.