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4th of May – Reflections

4th of May – Reflections

Rob and Pat

This morning, we left Arzua and we’re doing about 16 kilometres to Rua and that will leave us two more days to get to Santiago, two more easy days, 16 kilometres to Lavacollaand then a short 10 kilometre day to Santiago.

Unfortunately, I think our final two days will be raining, but we’ve been very lucky with the weather so far, so we can’t complain.

 

A Long Hot Day

 

I think another Camino may have joined us at Arzua, because there seems to be a lot more people on the road today.

Although this could also be due to the fact the we left earlier today, to try and avoid the hottest part of the day.

Whilst I’m enjoying the walk from Sarria, I think I’ve come to the conclusion that this is not really a Camino.

I don’t mean that in too negative a way. It all depends on what type of experience you’re looking for, and we all have different expectations.

But I think just walking from Sarria, lacks two things from my point of view.

Firstly, there just isn’t enough time on the road to go through the typical transformations that people talk about.

That is; going through overcoming the physical strain, and once you’re getting used to that, then emotionally being able to handle the walk, and then finally, if you’re lucky enough, to get to that meditative and perhaps more spiritual stage.

For me at least, I think I’ve got to be on the road two to three weeks to reach that third stage.

The other element that detracts slightly for me, is just the sheer numbers of people on this section of the Camino.

Sure you can try to block that out and stay in your own little world, but it’s difficult sometimes when there are dozens and dozens of people on the same section of the trail.

So whilst this is certainly an enjoyable walk, I think if I were to walk another short Camino in the future, I would certainly walk one that is a lot more remote. And if possible, one that might keep me on the road for two weeks or more.

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