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Sarria

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.

Melinda’s Camino de Santiago 2012 – Day 23

Day 23 O’Cebreiro – Sarria 45.7km – Monday 15/10/2012

I woke early after not sleeping very well. As expected, there was lots of snoring throughout the night!

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The walked started off cold and dark but as the hours passed the beauty of the scenery became more and more apparent. We were surrounded by lush greenery and fog. There were many cute animals that just made us smile and stop to take in the moment.

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Probably as a result of not having enough rest during the night, Ann and I didn’t keep up with Dave today. As we walked together, the two of us shared many deep and meaningful conversations. I really appreciated being able to talk to her about some of the things back home that I was trying to find clarity on.

We later caught up with Dave at Tricastela and the three of us continued along together. Everything was so green and quiet. When we arrived at Sarria, I went searching for foot pad inserts. My feet were aching after the day’s massive walk.

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We stayed in a lovely albergue and Dave cooked up a delicious pasta and salad. I later tried a Mistela shot as we sat talking around the fire and the wonderful Dave massaged my aching feet.

Awareness gained along the way

Sharing stories with relative strangers can give you a different perspective on things and help you to seek the clarity you are after. It is easy to manipulate responses from the people you know by only telling them the positive in situations.