CAMINO DAY THIRTY ONE
Laguna de Castilla to Triacastela 24km
Adjusted actual 27.1 km
This region of Galicia is incredibly beautiful. All day etherial mountaintops rose above the clouds that never dissipated. Every corner or crest brought with it another spectacular view.
We spent the day going up and down for the first 14km and then the last 10 were mainly down down down. Strangely, the toll on legs and joints is greater descending and we are learning some pretty funny walking habits to cope. I liken it to a squatting duck waddle for the onlookers in villages. I am sure they are amused…but hey, it reduces pain and that’s all that matters.
We walked mainly through farming areas dodging constant WARM (yuk) cow patties. I keep telling Mark “I am a city girl”, and he just laughs. This city girl certainly has had a lot of country lately!!
Highlights: Breaky (always a good start), still no blisters, early morning mountain mist, spectacular views at every turn, so many different paths over mountains through forests, winding roads and cattle tracks, fantastic accommodation at a private hotel because our booked Albergue was full (thank you God!)
And a huge highlight : WE REACHED HALF WAY TO OUR GOAL FOR RAISING FUNDS FOR THE SYRIAN REFUGEES – just over $25,000.
Reflections: Whilst there were difficult climbs today, the scenery was incredible and helped take our mind off the struggle. In life, when facing hardships, there is always something positive we can focus on to help the situation we face.
It takes a village to reach a goal. You guys are rallying and giving and we believe we are going to make our target of $50,000 to help those who cannot help themselves. Thank you.
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