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reveries of an amateur long-distance hiker

May 20

May 20th, 2016

May 20

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Today I kept telling myself that this was the last good long day through the Galician countryside (tomorrow is just 22 km into Santiago, much of that suburb street walking). It was a day of farms. The farmers are plowing and planting feverishly. I regularly stepped off the path to let the tractors pass. Much of the day was road walking though often the path would plunge into the woods a bit, and there remains the riot of wildflowers that is the Galician spring. A poignant moment came when my friend Patrick and I crossed paths. We had parted in Pamplona but met back up on today’s path, stopping for pictures, then Patrick produced a bottle of excellent Belgian beer which we split, toasting a good Camino friendship. Today’s path ended in Negreira, a forgettable town that had room in the Albergue but not much more. Tomorrow in Santiago my Camino ends.

T. Hugh Crawford

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  • cate says on: May 24, 2016 at 12:26 am

     

    the happiness of re-encountering people on the way is a surprise for those of us who take special delight in walking alone………….it was certainly a learning for me. seeing people again was a ‘home coming’ in a sense, a space for sharing and connecting with someone who has walked the same way, who, like you, made the way what it was. the sharing of beginnings and endings and everything that gets woven in between. thank you for reminding me of this.

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