Day 40 – Ponferrada to Villavieja

by | May 3, 2023 | Camino Invierno to Santiago, Journey, Videos | 0 comments

At last I’m on the Camino Invierno! I have to say after walking only for an hour or so, I think I’m actually going to really love it. Whilst it has been fantastic walking the Via de La Plata and the last three days on the Camino Frances, I get a sense that this is the Camino that I’m here to walk. I’m not sure why. I get a very strong sense in these early kilometres, but this Camino is really going to test me and challenge me. And I don’t mean that in any threatening or ominous way, I mean it in a very positive way. I’m starting to get a sense that the terrain is going to be tough.

I’m walking into Galicia, so the weather’s going to be changing. I’m going to be in the mountains, it’s going to be cooler and it’s going to be wet. I could be a lot more isolated than I have been over the last few weeks, but I’m looking forward to it so much. I finally getting a sense that this is what I’ve been seeking on this Camino, but time will tell. Will my body hold up? Will I hold up emotionally? Those are all of the things that intrigue us when walk the Camino. I get such a sense that this is going to be the Camino I’m here to walk. Don’t get me wrong. I loved my time on the VDLP – the landscapes, the people, it was sensational and almost everything that I hoped for. Being back on the Camino Frances for three days, it was amazing. I didn’t know that I would enjoy it so much. The number of pilgrims, the sense of energy and enthusiasm, I really felt it lifted my spirits. It’s not that I needed them lifting, but it was a real boost and I found myself with a lot more energy. But this one, this is going to be different. I think in a lot of ways, so let’s see how it turns out.

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