Day 13- Belorado to San Juan de Ortega (15 Miles)

Today I hit the 163 mile mark. That means I am one third of the way to Santiago. Time for a happy dance, but that will have to wait. My feet feel like they were put through a crusher. I don’t even know how I can hobble across the square to dinner in a few hours, much less, get back on the trail in the morning. But, I know I will.

Most Camino walkers stop every few hours to rest their feet and take off their packs. I am fully on board with this. Sometimes it’s at a cafe, other times it may be just sitting down at the side of the road. At my first stop today, for a cafe con leche, I sat down next to two groups of Americans, a mother/daughter combo and a father/daughter team. I said hello and offered birthday wishes to the Dad who was celebrating his 60th birthday today. The father commented about how much he was enjoying the trip; he and his daughter were having some really important talks. That hit me hard and tears started to flow. I thought about all the talks I will miss with Sam AND it made me think of all the talks I continually need to have with the other people I love. Postpone nothing. Make time for one on one talks with the people you love. I collected some hugs, wiped my eyes and returned to the path. A little Van Morrison on the iPhone got me going.

Speaking of stops … later, I was walking with Drew and Claire from Vancouver Island, when we ran across a Camino “oasis”.

There was a totem pole showing mileage to many spots around the world, hammocks to relax in and a “donativo” snack stand. A hand- painted plaque caught my eye. In Italian, it says, “remember to be happy.” Yes I will.

I stopped for the night at a place that advised me to go to a nearby bar to collect the key. Keeping it basic here in rural Spain.

14 thoughts on “Day 13- Belorado to San Juan de Ortega (15 Miles)

  1. Better late than never, just wanted to let you know I’m signed up, donated, and following your exploits, my friend!

  2. Congratulations on your 1/3 progress! That’s huge. We are full of admiration – and thanks for the words of wisdom. xoxo

  3. Whee ! You made it 1/3 of the way. I know I would have a hard time going that far – it is the WCs I would need at my age. Keep on trekking. Sam be with you.

  4. Patty McGuigan May 22, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Go Trish Keep on treking ! Head and chin up ! Very emotional journey ….. you entitled to your tears …. Sam seems right by your side … XX Patty

  5. Beverly Moore May 23, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Awww sweetie, emotional day – continuing to cheer you on every day – and lifting you up to lighten your tired feet. But 1/3 is huge – the map on home page is great for tracking you. Sending hugs and love – amazing journey. Beverly

  6. Trish, your writing and pictures make it feel as if we are journeying with you. Thanks for sharing your trek with us. Looking forward to tomorrow’s exploits – Godspeed. Lee

  7. Trish, there is no doubt in my mind that there is nothing you cannot do! Thanks so much for sharing your trip and your thoughts. You are enriching all of us! Sam must be so proud of you!! XOXO Liz

  8. Trish, Hello from America. You are really progressing along . The photos are beautiful and I am glad you have met some wonderful people along the way. We have the big map on our center island so we are following you in spirit. Hang in there. Leslie

  9. pat callaghan May 23, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Hola Trish! I can’t believe you are one third of the way! What an accomplishment! Your photos are so beautiful…and you look amazing! Not the least bit road weary…but glowing instead. Hope your feet are behaving better. I’m sure you miss John…but sounds like you are meeting so many people. Sorry you had an emotional day…but that was bound to be a part of this journey for you. Carry on! You truly inspire me.

  10. Trish,

    I know this is getting old but when I read your posts I am always looking for your Sam sighting. I will continue to do so. Your sighting today, imo, was the father and daughter.


  11. Trish. I am just dialing in to your blog and I have to say that I am stunned at your strength. I am sure that Sam is with you for every step you’ve taken and have yet to take. No doubt in my mind. Sending you peace and fortitude and some super hero feet!! Xoxo and love. Becca

  12. Stephen Zoeller May 24, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Trish, I am sharing your posts with others who can benefit from the universality of insights.

  13. Annie Applegate May 24, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Truly inspiring, Trish. I spent a semester in Spain and your writing brings me back (and makes want to return!) Thanks for sharing such a powerful experience. Love, Annie

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