300 days

Yesterday was the 300th walking day of or pilgrimage. It was the 414th day from when we began. That means there have been 114 days that we have not moved for one reason or another. This does not include the month we were in Germany but it does include the time we spent resting in Santa Fe, southern Illinois, Woodstock, and New York along with all the other days we have taken whether to rest or to wait for the weather to be more agreeable.

San Francisco Hotel stampI’m staying in Villafranca del Bierzo tonight. I have liked this town every one of the other three times I have been here so I decided to stop even though it was only 2:30 as I arrived. Actually I argued with myself for half an hour on whether to stay or not before finally saying yes. It’s only a short 10 km (6.2 mi) down the road (three hours max) to Cacabelos, the next town.
In every place we stop for the night and in some others we just happen on, we get a stamp in our “pilgrim’s passport.” Tonight I got an especially well made one from the San Francisco Hotel. They are often quite simple line-drawn efforts, seldom half-tone as this one is. I saw the hotel as I walked into the main square and knew it was my place for the night even though I still had to convince myself not to go forward.


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    Greetings from San Francisco (CA)! Hope your stay at the Hotel San Francisco was nice. May Jesus watch over you on your tremendous journey!

    Comment by Dan — Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 11:22 pm

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    G’Day Mike, How I wish I could have been there with you on several of the occasions you have described so eloquently.
    I’ve just caught up on the essential reading and correspondence.
    Here’s an advance look at my latest newsletter just to wile away a few more minutes.

    It’s been a ‘busy’ time for me stuck at home with doctors, blood tests and dieticians to see. Thankfully, I’m still holding together in one piece although two very old Army buddies didn’t see last week out.

    Comment by Graeme Petterwood — Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 8:05 am

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