Day 19 ( May 28) Carrion de los Condes to Teradillos de los Templarios (16.7 Miles)

Today I crossed the halfway mark. From my current location, Terradillos de Los Templarios, 260 miles down, 240 to go. We definitely did the HAPPY DANCE.

When I began this trek, it was hard to imagine that simply putting one foot in front of the other would result in my accomplishing so much. It proves that any effort can be the start of something big.

I think I am physically stronger than when I began. Though my feet hurt, the pain is not severe. I don’t have the extreme exhaustion at the end of each day that I had at the beginning. Feeling pretty good overall.

I had a nice day walking on the trail. We ran across many adobe buildings, which looked quite old. Not sure how they hold up in the rain, but they do. Here’s my pal Mickey showing her adobe enthusiasm.

There were some important guideposts along the way.

Tonight I am staying in an Albergue that we joke looks like the cult compound at Waco TX. A bizarre, large, newish block building in the middle of a field, surrounded by a high fence.

I’m in a “quad” room with three walking pals. It is considered quite an upgrade from the common room. Looks kind of like cell block 6 at Rikers Island. So much for Old World charm in rural Spain.

Despite austere accommodations, I am happy to have a bed at the end of the day and a hot shower. I have just learned that the host will do the laundry for the 4 of us for 10 Euros. This just keeps getting better!

This trip has made me appreciate everything. I’ve learned to live with 2 sets of clothes. One to wear, one to wash. I’ve been using the same mini tube of toothpaste the whole time. Shampoo? Who needs clean hair? We have so much and really need so little. Tonight’s dinner, thin pork cutlets with garlic and parsley. Divine. The ice cream came in a package and I ate every bite.

19 thoughts on “Day 19 ( May 28) Carrion de los Condes to Teradillos de los Templarios (16.7 Miles)

  1. Mark Hoffberger May 28, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Half way? Wow! I am so proud of you!! Dance away!

  2. Katherine Cerullo May 28, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    I was guesstimating over 200 last night, and waiting for this mileage announcement! Hooray for you, your strength and your revelations along the way. Wishing you much dry air and dry terrain in Part II, but no need; you’ve proven unfazed by all elements on the journey.

  3. Absolutely inspiring! Halfway there! Congrats!!

  4. My favorite vegetable is ice cream. Keep it going!!

  5. Laughing at your accommodation comments. Looks clean and safe, so good on that! Glad you have hiking buddies. Lots of rain this Memorial Day weekend. Better us than you! Congrats on halfway mark. You are my new reality show star.

  6. To my dear wife: CONGRATULATIONS!!!! So proud of you. Wish I was there to Happy Dance with you!! Love, John

  7. Yeah ! Half way. You are doing great. Penny and I leave tomorrow for Tuscany so we may or may nor get your wonderful blog. We will be on a farm. Aunt Vee

  8. Trish I await your posts! Inspiring, encouraging, introspective and
    certainly encouraging me to look around, be thankful and take nothing for granted. You are amazing!
    My feet don’t hurt and I am not seeing first hand the sights but wow has it made an impact on me! Hugs, love and healing feet. Punky and Bill

  9. Congrats on HALF WAY Trish! I have been looking forward to reading your posts everyday and have been cheering you on. You’re inspiring! 🙂

  10. Patty McGuigan May 29, 2018 at 12:21 am

    Go Go Trish ! Congrats to you on your halfway mark …All of us “ cheering for you “

  11. Deborah Breide May 29, 2018 at 12:23 am

    Congratulations! What a fantastic journey. I look forward to your daily posts. Thinking of you every day and especially today — Memorial Day 2018.

  12. I also look forward to your posts! It means so much to so many to have you walk every step for your Sam and your family and mine too. It just brings tears to all who know.
    Half way ! I have no idea how you are doing it but everyone is so proud ! Love the pictures and comments. You have a new calling !

  13. So amazing, Trish! Congratulations on reaching your halfway point! You are inspiring!

  14. Halfway..that is really such exciting news …Congratulations Trish!
    The long journey just became shorter, and clean clothes to boot!!

  15. Theresa Giglio May 29, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Hi, I am a member of the collegiate recovery center at CU. I just want to say how inspiring you are and how much this means to our community. Thank you for your compassion, hardwork, and journey.

  16. Any Vigilante May 29, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    I’m following you every step of the way. And, although I will never walk a mile in your shoes, I find myself standing taller in my own. I wish my girls were old enough to understand your journey. The strength and grace with which you carry your burden would serve them well. You are an inspiration.

  17. Nice going on reaching the halfway mark, Trish!!
    I so enjoy your daily blog and hearing about your day- you are a trooper and an inspiration!
    Carol Meenan

  18. Nina Houghton May 31, 2018 at 1:09 am

    You are amazing — you have lots of good wishes for a super trip from your Chestertown friends.

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