Then out the door and into the dark.
The walking route today is on the short side and runs beside the N120 highway much of the time. In the dark I could see the highway was already busy with lots of truck traffic all lit up by their running lights. It was a cloudy start, but at some point I looked back to see if there was a view of Santo Domingo. In fact there was a fantastic light show!
This display went on and on. Every time I looked back it was there.
At one point it started to ebb and I thought it was done.
But then it flared again and kept me entertained for about a half hour. Quite extraordinarily.
It just kept coming!
It cast quite a glow on the hillsides.
And then I reached the crest of a hill I’d been climbing and enjoyed one last view.
All that and I never did see the actual sun rise, but I caught it’s brief impact on Grañon before loosing the light.
Today I left the province of Rioja and entered Castilla y Leon.
From here I’ll continue the steady climb up to San Juan de Ortega and then down to Burgos and the Meseta, a broad plateau situated at about 800 metres.
A very changing landscape the past day or so. Crops all in and it’s pretty sparse. A lot like southern Alberta in late fall.
Still meeting folks with all sorts of injuries. This fellow from Brighton, England was really struggling with a shin injury. I showed him how to stretch it carefully and then we parted ways. Hopefully he made it to wherever he was going today.
The Spanish army seemed to be on the move all day along the N120. I wonder what’s going on?
Hey Ken, here’s the answer to your question. Hay fork trucks! The highest pile was 12 super sized bales tall.
Distances are literally all over the map. Albergues post numbers, but they are seldom correct. Within three kilometres I saw three different numbers, but my guide book at this point said there were 561 kms remaining to Santiago.
I found my friend from dinner at Los Arcos. He was really well behaved on the trail and was owned by a French fellow. We hadn’t connected since then so it was nice to chat for a while. This was the group from Grañon that I’d caught up with. Several I’d met before. I walked into town with a fellow from Budapest who told me about his aunt who lives in a small village. She has lived with early onset Alzheimer’s since her early 50’s and is unable to communicate anymore. We spoke of the challenges for his uncle who cares for her at home and the lack of support services available. We are very fortunate to live in a country where there are good resources available through the provincial branches of the Canadian Alzheimer Society. Online programs and services are available in rural communities as well.
And then we were in.
We all sat out for lunch in this bar last time. It was hotter then and Neil was icing Sarah’s ankle.
Forming new memories: As we retraced out steps from Puenta La Reina to Logrono, we began replacing old memories from our first trip with new memories from this trip. As we walked, and shared our memories from the first time, we both recognized how they were coloured by the illness I was suffering from at the time; I was struggling to get through each day, and Geoff was very worried about me, and what it meant for our Camino. This time I am well and strong, and we could focus more on our surroundings and experiences. Even so, there were times when we both exclaimed “I remember this”, or this has changed”, “this is new” etc. As Geoff carries on, he will continue to form new memories, which may or may not be influenced by previous memories. For people with Alzheimer’s revisiting places or experiences from the past may be familiar or they may not. Sometimes memories from the past become confused with the present. How memories are impacted seems unpredictable, but as the disease progresses, the line between past and present often becomes less distinct.