May 10th, 2014: Today was Day 9… Take a Breath, ahhhh…

By Eric

Whoever Said to Stop to Smell the Roses

This was a brilliant person! Today is our 3rd and final work/rest day here in Arudy, France. We originally scheduled this “work” period just 2 days into the start of our hike because of professional obligations. Clearly there were bigger forces at play- forces that knew we would be beaten-up, torn down, and worn out immediately out of the starting gate.

Only two days into the forty-something day hike from Lourdes to Santiago de Compostela, and wow, are we hurting! Were we crazy to have even contemplated doing this hike? Are we in WAY over our heads in our pursuit of The Way?

Not no, but heck NO!

We just have to reevaluate the fact that we overlooked one thing- neither of us is superhuman, and we have to brace ourselves for a period of trial and adjustment; of pain and agony; and of- what the hell were we thinking, but thank God we thought it in the first place?!

The first person we shared a room with, in a pilgrim hostel- Gite (as the French call it) or Albergue (as the Spanish call it) was David Means. Father David Means. I wonder if it was a sign, that the first pilgrim we met was a priest? Father Means is a kind man serving a Parish in St. Louis, Missouri. We roomed with him in a monastery in Lestelle-Bétharram but coincidentally ran into him here in Arudy.

The first person we shared a room with, in a pilgrim hostel- Gite (as the French call it) or Albergue (as the Spanish call it) was David Means. Father David Means. I wonder if it was a sign, that the first pilgrim we met was a priest? Father Means is a kind man serving a Parish in St. Louis, Missouri. We roomed with him in a monastery in Lestelle-Bétharram but coincidentally ran into him here in Arudy.

Oh the fountains of Europe, there is no shortage of them.

Oh the fountains of Europe, there is no shortage of them.

We could be in worse places for comfort food, er, brain food- yes, because remember, we are only in Arudy to work!

We could be in worse places for comfort food, er, brain food- yes, because remember, we are only in Arudy to work!

 

While we are on a small break from El Camino, we might as well brush up on our knowledge of all the historic, cultural, and geographic routes to Santiago de Compostela. The Camino Frances is however the route we have chosen.

While we are on a small break from El Camino, we might as well brush up on our knowledge of all the historic, cultural, and geographic routes to Santiago de Compostela. The Camino Frances is however the route we have chosen.

 

When strategizing your next plan of attack of an assault of El Camino, it’s prudent to form coalitions to help you in your journey. This cat will do nicely.

When strategizing your next plan of attack of an assault of El Camino, it’s prudent to form coalitions to help you in your journey. This cat will do nicely.

 

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And finally, let’s not forget what we are here for.

 

So we rest our heads, nourish our bellies, dry our blisters, make our work calls, play the part of tourists in this quaint southern French town, catch up on some reading, and contemplate on life – our past, our present, our future, and our souls. Tomorrow, we mount our horses and ride… well, we strap on our shoes, and hike!

Distance: 813 Steps/.4 Miles/.64 Kilometers (WOW! Pathetic!)
Location:Arudy, France

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One Response to May 10th, 2014: Today was Day 9… Take a Breath, ahhhh…

  1. Susy says:

    God has ways to show us what its all about. Praying for your safe journey primo. Love ya and buen camino

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