Nope, not a sunrise. The other one.
It wasn’t a difficult climb, but it took us from 400 metres to 770 metres through the morning. Looking back we could see the heavy cloud forecasts today following us and scattering a few showers as it advanced. We pushed onwards wondering how two peregrinos could outrun it.
It seems that we managed to stay dry today and the sun teased us from time to time.
Early on we walked across a bit of agricultural land with the occasional field of vines, but much of the day was spent hiking through scrub land and pine forests.
Lots of livestock around in the area, sheep and cows mostly, but we saw very little of either. More their bells ringing as they fed in the scrub out of sight.
We really didn’t quite realize how high we’d climbed until we passed through this gate...
...and found views back to where we’d walked on the variant yesterday. That’s Lumbier where we had lunch after walking the canyon.
We did finally spot a steer and he seemed to be checking out my bell. Bell envy?
Early on in the day I mentioned to Annemarie that I was about halfway to Santiago at that point with about 750 kms to walk. We were chatting about stuff and I made the comment that some people must think we are idiots to walk this far. Her reply, “there’s only one idiot!”. We had a good laugh, but it’s a funny feeling to know that I’m at the half way point today. Strangely it will feel somewhat downhill from here, but of course that’s just the way it feels. There’s still a lot of road to be walked before we shut this show down.
Some planners sure seemed to have fun planning this autostrata! Looks nice if you like that sort of thing. That small mountain tells me that we are closing in on Puenta la Reina. My mind is telling me that I have a photo of it from the other side when we walked past 5 years ago. I’ll have to check that out when I return home.
A group of school children painted a nice welcome and put their names and hand prints on the walk. A nice touch and a very nice welcome to their village.
Then the sun came out and all was right with the world.
Endurance: today we completed our 28th stage with one rest day, and Geoff is marking the half-way point of his walk, while I am nearing the end of mine. As we walked today, we talked about the endurance required to get this far...and farther. We have both lost weight (we always do on these walks) despite eating more than we normally would. A walk like this takes a toll on the body, and begins eating away at energy levels and muscle elasticity. Many people find much shorter periods of walks like this to be enough, but we committed to a longer walk purposely. People with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers are also in a journey that requires endurance. To carry on each day requires fortitude and commitment, and perhaps more than a little tenacity. The daily challenges they face also take a toll, in energy levels, relationships, and other areas. We knew this would be a test of our endurance. But we also have an idea of how long our commitment is, while those touched by Alzheimer’s don’t know how long their journey will last