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CAMINO DAY EIGHTEEN

Fromista to Carrion de los Condes 19.3 km
Adjusted actual 19.5 km

Today was one of renewal.

We had a great sleep and a night to ourselves and set off feeling pretty good. After walking about 3km we enjoyed a beautiful breakfast at a roadside restaurant that was playing Amazing Grace. We then came to a fork in the road. We had a decision to make. Do we take the traditional route along a main road all day or take the path less trodden and walk by the river? We chose the river and it was amazing!

There were very few pilgrims (interesting how most people stay on the main track) and shade all the way. Walking by farmland, forests, irrigation chanels, farmers ploughing, creek flowing, frogs (again) and cuckoo birds…all the sounds of nature. Even plenty of green toilets for me! Yay!

Psalm 23:1-3 NLT

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honour to his name.”

The last 6 km was tough along the road but we had an amazing day and are settled in a convent for the night. A different experience!

Highlights:
Breaky, alone time with fewer pilgrims on the alternative track, lovely nature spots for morning tea/lunch, no new blisters, fewer km to walk today, convent accommodation with a view of the cathedral and township from our own balcony!!!

Reflections:
Beautiful breakfast (coffee, tortilla and fresh squeezed orange juice) with hymns playing. In life a harmonious and peaceful atmosphere is everything!
We took the alternative route today. In life, the road less travelled brings incredible blessing. “I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

I reflected that Mark and I have often taken the road less travelled in life…in leadership and ministry…and there are unique and incredible blessings along that path.

Praying renewing moments for each of you.


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