23 May 2008

Day 21 of Walking

Hello everyone!

Today was one of the hardest days of the camino. Our walk today was 34 km, which is over 20 miles. We left early, around 6 am. There was a fine mist in the air, and we walked for the first hour or two in a dense mist/fog, so we really couldn´t see anything. Although right along the path were BEAUTIFUL flowers. We could only imagine how beautiful it would have been if we could have seen it better.

Today we hit the highest elevation of the whole trip (1517 meters, whatever that is in English). Because we started out higher than in the Pyrennes, the incline was not too bad. The fog gradually lifted, but since it turned out to be a cloudy day, we could only see the closer mountain ranges, which were very beautiful. Lots of white, yellow, and purple flowers, and snow on the top of the higher mountains. While the incline wasn´t very tough, the path certainly was. It was probably the rockiest path we´ve had so far. And because the downhill was so rocky, it made it very difficult and slow-going. We didn´t arrive in Ponferrada until 3:15, meaning we are in the overflow basement area. The day was hard on all of us, but especially JoAnn, who suffered through most of the day with a bad hip and bad feet. Colleen´s feet and ankles are very sore, too, so please keep those prayers coming.

Tom says we have an easy day tomorrow, so we are grateful for that. As for now, we are headed to dinner and then Mass at the Basilica. We are so blessed to be able to go to Mass as often as we have been.

Thanks for all your postings. You are so faithful! We enjoy reading them. As you´ve probably guessed by now, there is no port on this computer for posting pictures. But as soon as we find one, we have lots of photos to show you.

We continue to pray for you and your intentions. Please continue to pray for us.

Los peregrinos.


Blogger Laura said...

God's blessings as you continue on. Pray for the Whalert Grads this Sunday (Feast of Corpus Cristi). Brigid, Cait and Erin are sharing your blog with their religion classes and they are praying for you daily.

23 May, 2008 12:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read your note and opened to this message from Paul to the Philippians (4:12-13): "...I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me." Be strong, Pilgrims, He walks with you. The Spirit fills you. The Angels and Saints surround you. We pray with you. God, our Father, blesses you.
Connie H.

23 May, 2008 14:54  
Anonymous leone&dick said...

Pilgrims we are feeling your pain! Since we read this one we have been turning up the prayer support. We want you to know what a great witness you are to go through all this pain and suffering all for the love of our Lord. We admire all that you are doing. Keep on your way and God Bless you all!!

23 May, 2008 17:29  
OpenID eric.olson99 said...

Hi pilgrims -- thanks for keeping us updated on how your doing. It's nice to hear from you guys almost every day these days. We're praying for you and your feet, especially yours mom :)
We all love and miss you.
God bless,
Eric, Debbie, Alyssa, & Brianna

23 May, 2008 18:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you through your crosses! Please pray for a special intention involving a person with these initials R.N.B. and family members involved! Corrine S.

23 May, 2008 21:04  
Anonymous anthony brankin said...

i keep you in my prayers and thoughts.this is quite an adventure--
fr Brankin

24 May, 2008 06:33  
Anonymous leone&dick said...

We went to Fr Rodney Allers ordination Sat and it was very inspiring, so we now have a new priest in our Diocese PTL.

24 May, 2008 13:26  

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