I formed a nice friendship with one of two dogs at the next table, also walking to Santiago. Note the shell. Said dog kept putting his head on my lap, perhaps hoping for a morsel of food to become available.
Given it was to be a fairly long stage and we had to get organized for Annemarie’s departure we headed off fairly early in the dark. It’s important to understand that in this part of Spain as we head westward the sun doesn’t rise until 8:30. So even starting at 7:30 like we did today is beginning in the dark.
As we approached Sansol the sun finally created the hills. I have a beautiful photo of a sunrise that I took from this exact location hanging on a wall at home. That morning the sky was completely on fire as I looked behind me. It was breathtaking, but today was ok too.
The early light caught and held Sansol for a moment.
Annemarie’s last day today and she wasn’t wasting a minute of it!
This is what pilgrims do as they try to stay present moment and deal with whatever it is that they are trying to deal with while on their Camino.
It looks nice, but I’ve no idea where they find the additional energy! If you look closely you’ll see a Canadian flag in the tree. It’s quite amazing what extras folks carry in their packs.
There was a bit of climbing today, more tomorrow, and the first two thirds of the walk is quite nice. You can see Logroño in the distance. It’s much further than it looks from up here. Trust me.
We found a few grapes today, but maybe just the late harvest is left.
Annemarie was in a really nice place today.
You see, she gets to arrive, pack her dirty laundry in her pack and then fly off to be spoilt by our wonderful family members in Holland for the next week. Yup, she’s smiling. I think everyone must have a photo of this wall:)
I remembered the walk into Logroño being quite a slog in 2013. It was hotter then and Annemarie was pretty much at the end of her rope (she would spend much of the next day in the local hospital).
Frankly, it’s still a slog, but then you’re in and it’s a pretty nice place. As we approached town we crossed the provincial border, and you know what that means!
Yup, new signage! Oh, and some different wine I think. Most of which is shipped to the EU, Canada and America.
Self care: At this point in the Camino Frances (around day 6 or 7 for most people) you will notice variously forms of bandaging, most often on feet for blisters, but also on knees, ankles or even wrists. These bandages are almost badges of honour, showing that the pilgrim has “pushed through” some form of challenge to get this far. With experience we have learned how to prevent these sorts of injuries, making the walk not so much a test as a pleasure. For caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s especially in the early stages, there is also this tendency to “push through” the newly forming challenges they are experiencing. They may resist accessing help, and only later realize that asking for help earlier might have prevented unnecessary difficulties. Attending information sessions or support groups, for instance can give the caregiver knowledge and an opportunity to learn from others who have a shared experience.