Yesterday at Terradillos de Los Templarios, I kind of thought I might probably be somewhere about halfway along The Way from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela.
I was quite close to being right, with evidence of the halfway point arriving in the shape of a grand stone monument just outside Sahagún, a few kilometres down the path.
The moment was simultaneously splendid and sobering – after 17 days on the Camino, I was now closer to the end than the beginning.
The day had begun with another sun-dappled dawn behind our backs as we rolled down the path from Terradillos de Los Templarios towards Sagahún, stopping at the first available spot for breakfast.
There we reconvened with Dwayne and he got to show us his “free hugs” rucksack patches – a life affirming opportunity that was happily taken.
We also saw Matt and his muffin oven again and I was able to get more details on his methodology for a curious friend back home.
Hope it helps, Jayne.
Then it was time to make the short haul to Sagahún, noting a few more life affirming messages along the way.
Sagahún revels in its central status on the Camino, although its strategic position has led to it changing hands countless times over the centuries from one belief system to another.
It’s been a day of rest, recuperation and writing (four blog posts in one day) as well as mental preparation for the return to a bipedal approach to the Camino, rather than by pedal.
I’m looking forward to strapping on my mochilla once again and resuming my Pilgrim’s Progress, but I might just take it more slowly than before.
I’m not ready for this to be over yet.
Domus Viatoris, Sahagún
Excellent hotel/albergue on the outskirts of Sahagún, wonderfully decorated, helpful and pleasant staff and another highly recommended spot.
Blisters: 0 (9) Left Foot has found out we’re walking again tomorrow and is feeling nervous
Bottom Reshaping: 1
Ability To Cross Legs Diagonally Rather Than At Right Angles For First Time Since The 1980’s: 1
Trips, Slips and Falls: 0 (1)
Applications of Factor 50: 1 (79)
Filling of Water Bottles: 0 (40)
Guide Book Left Behind At Scene Of Medical Emergency: 1
Guide Book Relocated But Not Returned Due To Finder Getting Lucky: 1
Unsuccessful requests for Parmesan cheese: 0 (1)
Unrequested dish of Parmesan cheese presented: 0 (1)
Acceptance of pathside lemonade stall opportunities: 0 (2)
Wrong turns taken: 0 (2)
Mobile phone chargers left behind: 1
New mobile phone chargers bought: 1
Number of times “Buen Camino” was said: A record low of about 20, due to it being a very lazy day
Unlikely Song Repeatedly Played By My Brain: The Sun Always Shines On TV, by A-Ha.
Poncho deployments: 0 (2)