Saturday, October 3, 2009

Los Arcos to Aviana

Today is a much shorter day and my toes are thanking me! I cover about 17km today and it´s very slow going, changing from boots to crocs half way throug the morning, I left at 745 and arrive in Aviana at 1245.

Starting earlier is not wise as it is still very dark even at 7:15 am. The sky is full of stars and looks like a sky at 10pm at home.

I meet Gurn, from Austria today. He´s an architech, taking a long holiday ( may have even just quit his job) He says he spends so much time working he doesn´t have any time to think about life. He started traveling through Europe, learned about the Camino from a friend and bought the equipment needed for the pilgrimage and started walking- to figure out what he will do with his future.

Haven´t had time to explore Aviana just yet, but it looks like a beatiful town. Many people were out in the streets when I arrived, enjoying their siesta time, I guess. Everything closes down about 1pm for siesta and opens again around 5 or 5:30 (or whenever the shop owner gets there).

Along the way today a pilgrim was ( I thought) building a rock alter ( they are all over, built by pilgrims). He was actually cracking open fresh almonds from a small orchard along the path. He knocked several down from the tree with his walking stick, Gurn and I enjoyed an unexpected and wonderful mid-morning snack.

Until next time...


  1. Terri,
    I enjoy reading your blog, you inspire me. I remember when I was training for the marathons and then running the races. Training and the races each had obsticals and incredible moments. That is so true to enjoy the moment, enjoy the scenery God made for you, the breeze he sends to cool you and the sun to warm you. I am praying for you. I can't wait to see pictures.

  2. Missing my siesta times with you! I'm still convinced God placed us in this neighborhood simply so our paths could cross. You have provided me great respite between 1-5pm on many an afternoon. Enjoy the hospitality of others.

  3. Missed you in the fellowship today but I am sure you had a richer spiritual experience than most. I am so happy you get to take this journey and that you allow me to follow you as you go. Your words have been an inspiration. I am praying for your feet and for your soul. I love you, my friend. BeBe