Benedictine Monastery ~ Day 66 ~ June 11, 2014

Day 66, June 11
0 miles, 818 miles REST DAY
Altitude: 3,770 feet (feet daily high)
Weather: sun with clouds 55-70F

Benedictine Monastery of San Salvador del Monte Irago

By chance, I have learned a Benedictine monastery serves pilgrims with the only condition that being you must stay several days for a true rest from the Camino. With few pilgrims staying here, the time is less consumed by “Camino mentality” and more concentrated on unwinding. All is done for us, laundry, meals, household chores. It’s hard being in the position of being served.

I feel a peacefulness not previously sensed.





Night on the Town ~ Day 62 ~ June 7, 2014

Day 62, June 7
12 miles, 771 miles
Altitude: 2,690 feet (2,2920 feet daily high)
Weather: light rain, sun with clouds 55-70F

Street in Leon.
Pentecost Vespers with Benedictine nuns at Santa Maria de Carbajal Convent.
Dane’s Concert.
Tapas and two bottles of vino tinto with friends before our 10:30 curfew at the convent. (Matrimony room for two for married couples, male and female dorms for singles…oh to be married if just for the night).





Makes Three ~ Day 62 ~ June 7, 2014

Day 62, June 7
12 miles, 771 miles
Altitude: 2,690 feet (2,2920 feet daily high)
Weather: light rain, sun with clouds 55-70F

Dane, his cello, and me make three for the walk to Leon. As the walk was beside the highway or urban, I did not feel guilty sharing walking time with Dane. I arrived early to join the waiting line to stay at the convent, al Monasterio de Benedictinas

Santa Mari de Carbajal

de Leon.





Templar’s Monument ~ Day 58 ~ June 3, 2014

Day 58, June 3
12 miles, 710 miles
Altitude: 2,725 feet (2,788 feet daily high)
Weather: sunny 48-83F
Carrion de Los Condes

The magnificent Templar Church Santa Maria la Virgen Blanca has been declared a national monument. 13th-century.

Pilgrim Dane before today’s performance. Any doubt he daily carries the cello?

Yes. The cello required its own airline seat; hence, it was entitled to one no-charge piece of flight luggage.





Talking Heads ~ Day 55 ~ May 31, 2014

Day 55, May 31
12 miles, 669 total miles
Altitude: 2,706 feet (3,117 feet daily high)
Weather: sun with brief light rain 45-60F
Hornillos is del Camino

So, what’s so special about talking? We’ve been doing it since age two.

Often “talking” simply gives someone a platform to elaborate their thoughts. It requires just a nod of the head from the listener.

Real “talking” results more listening than talking and more opportunity to respond to the speaker ‘s thoughts than your elaborate your thoughts. Conversation spirals rather than moves in a horizontal fashion.

Anyone who knows me would not be surprised to learn I spent the day’s walk with the cellist who is walking the Camino and playing in a church each night. We found ourselves separated from the “celebrate” pack and moved from acquaintance talk to great conversation. The most amazing part of the day was when we came upon a situation requiring help. Without words the two of us moved like trained dancers doing what needed to be done.

Once again I listened to the cellist’s concert in the village church at the close if the day. Such music baths the spirit. Dane gave me a kind gesture of recognition during the performance. We also had the opportunity to bring closure to a sensitive situation at the one and only local bar/cafe

As we are on the same schedule, I will often see him. I will make a point to give him the opportunity to walk with other people or to walk alone. For me, I have been grace being able to walk the Camino with a beautiful person.

Take a moment and check out his web




Concert ~ Day 54 ~ May 30, 2014

Day 54, May 30
10 miles, 657 total miles
Altitude: 2,821 feet (3,116 feet daily high)
Weather: light rain and sun with clouds 45-60F

Finally I caught up with the American celloist who plays concerts in churches as he walks the Camino. Several days ago his film crew interviewed me along the Camino. Upon arriving in Burgos, I learned not only was he playing here but he is also staying at the same municipal Albergue. His concert at San Nicolas Church was amazing.