Reflection

James 4:14 Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

Day Three 15.68 Total Miles—Zubiri to Pamplona. Cafe de Camino was our choice of locations to start the day. An omelet, OJ and caffeine was a great breakfast compared to the standard fare of bread and fruit. We started toward Pamplona.

During the day, we would see and talk to various people who have been on the Camino trail with us. We came upon Bridgette and her mom, Martene, from France who shared the hostel with us on Monday. Bridgette had two stitches in her head from a fall yesterday. That rocky path was a nightmare for her also. Gregory from Portland crossed our path. We had eaten with him at Cafe de Camino last night. Lisa from Ireland walked with us for a short time. She took our picture on the mountain top above Roncesvalles. We saw Sharon who was wearing the cross that we gave her in Orisson. Our Orisson roommates, Linda and Liz were taking a break at a small cafe where we stopped to rest. Linda thanked me from having the courage to mention that the Camino was a Christian Pilgrimage for me. Of course, cross #5 was given to Linda.

Today the Camino reflected life. The path was smooth and straight. It then turned to rocky and twisted with ups and downs. There was much beauty in the walk but we did come across some areas that weren’t appealing. Just as the Camino had periods of smooth and straight, there are also many ups and downs in life. People come and go. Some are with us for short periods as our paths temporarily cross and others are with us long term.

Three strangers’ paths intersected with ours today. Our path first crossed with a Basque farmer. He was caring for his ponies along the road. We asked to take his picture which is posted above. Having his picture taken by pilgrims brought a huge smile to his face. Daniel crossed our path next. We took a break to check our feet just before his refreshment stand. As we walked by, he yelled “Idaho” with a Basque accent. He had noticed the BSU patches on our hats. He had lived in Gooding, Idaho on his grandpa’s farm. The State of Idaho was drawn in the wall. He also had a picture of himself and Martin Sheen hung on the outside of his stand. Daniel was given cross #6.

The third person whose path crossed ours was Enrique. We had gotten lost in Pamplona. No one that we stopped could help us find the correct road and the streets signs are not on every corner. Plus, the town was very congested due to a May 1 Festival. We had walked across the entire city to our hostel and found it closed until 5:00 pm. It was 3:45 when we sat down to wait for the owner to return. Enrique walked past and asked us if we spoke English. He said we looked like foreigners and he wanted to practice his English. His English was very good. Too bad for us that we had not met him on the other side of town! We parted not expecting to see him again but of course we did. While walking to a restaurant to eat, there was Enrique standing at the corner where we were turning. We helped him practice his English again but he lead us to a decent restaurant. His picture is above and he will be following the blog to help him with practice his English!

Tomorrow takes us to Puente La Rena (maybe). It is a 14.8 mile walk, We might decide to stop at ten miles because we are retired………..there is no hurry. Buen Camino. Sharon and Ron

10 thoughts on “Reflection

  1. We had several experiences in Pamplona where strangers stopped us to show we had missed signs to turn or cross the street. It wasn’t marked very well, as you said! It does get better, but the big cities are always a challenge.
    You’re making good time! Buen Camino!

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  2. Hi Friends, Thank you so much for letting us be apart of this amazing trip you are on..It is Beautiful country, We are thinking about you daily!! Take care, We are anxious to hear more!!

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  3. Ron what a experience to stand next to that fortress. Amazing.
    What a beautiful pilgrimage. So much love with lots of hard work. Rewards are everywhere.
    Beautiful scenery or a sunset I’ve always said are God’s paintings. You guy are walking through the museum.

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  4. Your writing and photos are so beautiful you capture the moments and people with such detail. You are living BIG. when you return you need to watch the Ted Talk “Big Talk” on YouTube, it’s about having enriched conversations. Buen Camino.

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  5. Need to catch up!! Will keep reading your blog!

    But I plan on doing at some point “el Camino”, so I think I will use your blog as an up-to-date guide… nice job done here! I will follow your footprints on the way. 🙂

    Was a pleasure to meet you both!

    EnRique
    (with rolling r, like albeRgue or hostel hehehe…

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