Romans 14:10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ.
Day 35 — 16.08 — Portomarín to Palas de Rei, June 1. This was another hot day. It was 58 degrees at 5:30 in the morning so we knew the afternoon would be very uncomfortable.
There was a noticeable difference in the atmosphere on The Way. People would pass us and not utter a word. Buen Camino is no longer a familiar greeting except by people who have been walking The Way for awhile. It is easy to tell the newcomers from the seasoned walkers. The newcomers are all clean and shiny. There is a certain lightness to their step especially those who are not carrying back packs. Many are paying transport companies 5 euros a day to drive their back packs to their next hostel. It is also crowded on the path and in the cafe’s. We have noticed graffiti aimed at the newcomers. One in particular said, “Where is your backpack? Tourigrino!” There is a warning in our guidebook written by John Brierley. Part of his warning says, “The last thing they (new arrivals) need is aloofness built on a false sense of superiority. None of us can know the inner motivation or outer circumstances of another. A loving pilgrim welcomes all they meet along the path with an open mind and open heart…without judgement of any kind.” We are trying to remember his warning.
Rene and Frances from New Zealand walked with us for a short distance. We met them two days ago in Fillobal where we stayed in the same hostel. We hope to see them again before the end of our journey.
Our hostel was in the middle of Palas de Rei and we had to walk up another hill to it! Maybe tomorrow’s hostel will be at the bottom of a hill. Hopefully we have an attitude adjustment over night!
The next stop is Ribadiso de Baixo. Buen Camino. Sharon and Ron.
(Pictures just for kicks and giggles are below.)