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CAMINO DAY SIXTEEN

Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz 20.1 km
Adjusted actual 21.3 km

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
John Muir

Today was a day of contrasts.

We woke and started the day with the other 8 people in our room (always a fun thing…not!) and after a light breaky we walked out of the little town onto the crop lands of the meseta. With only huge wind turbines to break the endless fields we walked for 10km until morning tea at another quaint village.

You would have thought we were transported to a new region as we then walked the following 11km around hillsides and along streams. The tracks were narrow and scenery changing every corner. Over and over we encountered ruins of cathedrals, monasteries, castles…. and I was reminded of a favourite scripture:

Isaiah 58:12
“You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.” The Message

I love that the old rubble of our lives is not discarded by God, but used to rebuild the new. The ruins here in Spain remain as such, but we have the hope that God restores annd renews our lives daily!

Highlights: Beautiful weather (again), endless magnificent scenery (again), friendly locals (always), lunch with a singing shop owner (we even danced to his music), Karen carried Mark’s backpack for….5 km….there is proof in the pics (his blisters are not a lot better!), a beautiful Albergue and we were pleasantly surprised that we got here early today. Woohoo. Hot showers and washing done – a day on the Camino doesn’t get much better than that.

Reflections:
The ruins and rubble of this region are all around us. In Life, God takes our broken pieces, the struggles and rocks of the journey, and makes something new and quite beautiful.
The birds today sang so loudly on the quiet plains and were captivating. In life we need to be quiet enough to hear the sounds of nature. They bring life itself.
Mark’s personal reflection: “i am walkiing every day with blisters and each step is painful (and we take a lot of steps, believe me!). In Life, press through the pain and just keep going. You will get there in the end.”

Thanks for taking the journey with us.


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