Tuesday, June 7, 2011
8:02 am gmt
Got back last night after a tremendous day on Sunday cycling from Arzua to to Santiago (37km) . The road was just
brilliant and it felt like I had sprouted wings. Weather was good for cycling -( apart from the wind) . I willed it
to get behind me but there are some things you've just got to battle against ............
Coming into Santiago,
I had a huge smile on my face that felt like it stretched all the way to Scotland and back! There were tears of joy
as well. When I reached the Cathedral after many roundabouts and tiny narrow medeival roads, I just sat there in awe
of what many pilgrims had done before me over the centuries. Faces from people still on the way flooded into my mind
and I thought of all of them and thought of where they were "on their way". George and Brian, (friends who
have just passed away this year) , Manda (my first BT friend), Alan, (my bro) Nannie and Papa and many more came into my thoughts.
who are suffering now from this disease called cancer, friends who are in remission, friends and family......
my emotions with William and Johny, my sons'. It was just so beautiful to speak to them.
I realised the achievement
that I had set out to do had been realised.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
So impressed with Pensione Theodora. According to Susan the food was delicious and lots of it. All for 10€ for 3 courses
plus wine or beer. Gabriel the chef and everything else must be congratulated for running such a great establishment
9:16 pm gmt
Arzua: - got here at 2 by taxi.
got here at 2 by taxi from Sarria. Pensione Theodore is wonderful, very clean and cool. it's a nice friendly
village. been sitting talking to Hannah and Carol who are walking the Camino. Carol is a retired schoolteacher
who is walking for Pancreatic Cancer UK for her friend Heather. Hannah is walking for Bone Cancer Research for her brother
who passed away last year. they both have justgiving sites. I will make links to them when I put their photos up when get
5:29 pm gmt
Friday, June 3, 2011
Staying in Sarria
1:04 pm gmt
I´m staying in Sarria tonight to recover from a tummy bug. It means that I miss stage Sarria to Portmarin and
Portmarin to Arzua but I considered it best as haven´t been able to keep anything down overnight and today. Been
drinking plenty.The Manager has been great and I´ve been able to stay in the twin room that Susan and I had last night
for 37EUR . He also said that his wife is a nurse if I need her.
So I´ll make the last stage Arzua to Santiago
on Sunday. The Compostella isn´t important as it´s the journey that is. :-) I´ve got 4 stamps
in my credential and will get another two. Feeling good about what I´ve completed already.
Flight back to the
UK Monday and some cooler weather (hope) :-) SORRY!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Ponferrada-Villafranca/ o Cebriero AND o cebriero to Sarria
8:17 pm gmt
Had to stop yesterday at Villafranca de Bierza due to fatigue, hot sun, too late to climb mountain. Decision very
dificult to make but made the right one. I know more of my limitations now! :-)
Was very disappointed but felt
proud that I was able to make the decision. Didn´t want to chance having a seizure.
Day 3 was a good ride
yesterday though, made even better because I met Alphonso again by chance, just when my chain began to slip again. It
was a bit loose and as he is a REAL cyclist he was able to tighten it and check it out more by doing a wee cycle before handing
back to me. Chatted for ages about Life, the universe..... He is from Quebec and a very interesting guy.
Thank you again Alphonso.
Things went well until I entered Villafranca and started to wane. I pondered over the
decision I had to make and decided Taxi with bike. I was considering staying the night at an Albergue there but as my
luggage had been transported to casa in o cebreiro decided I had to go there. Had my epillepsy meds with me (always)
so did have a few options.
Jurgen and Christofe were at the casa house and saw me coming out the taxi a bit ¨worse
for wear¨. They were great and helped me with water, getting the bike, backpack, checking-in, etc from the
bike. Guys, thank you so much.
Was just beautiful on the mountain and well worth it.
Got to Sarria today
after a good ¨Brain¨rest last night no problem. Ride was really good and really enjoyed it apart from taking
a path which became ¨Path with Boulders¨. At the last stage I was really done in and a dutch lady called Lia
stopped and offered help. She helped me push up the last part to the highway and encouraged me more. A couple
of Spanish guys took the bike the very last part. They were Hector and Alberto from Bilbao. Hector works in the
ferry port at Bilbao and Alberto is a policeman. Guys, THANK YOU - MASSIVELY. They told me I should take the road
to Sarria. and what a road....... hairpin bends with 7% descent.... Was scary! When I reached Sarria I thought
I´d better check for a map with a sign called ¨Guarda Civil¨. Cycled into their compound and a policeman
in green came out and asked what I was doing. Told him I was lost. He asked if I was ¨missing¨.
Took me inside and gave me water in my bottle as I´d run out after Samos. All the cameras placed around
the building told me that this was not just a normal police station, then I saw a poster with terrorists on the wall.
He was very helpful and we had a good conversation in mostly English with small smatterings of Spanish and gesticulations!
THANK you for the directions to the hotel and the water Mr Policeman.
There seem to be a lot of dutch words the same
in spanish only the way it´s said, intonation and sometimes with an ¨ia¨at the end of a word. I sometimes
get to speak Dutch as well, due to the number of dutch travelling the way. :-)
Tommorrow Sarria to Portmarin and looking
forward to that too. Every day has been different and full of life, thoughts, silence, people, scenery and more.
Been singing ¨I can hear music¨ by the beach boys out loud when it gets hard.
I love it no matter how
hard it can be. It´s the way.