Day 26 (June 4) Murias de Rechivaldo to Rabanal del Camino (10 Miles)
Yesterday, I crossed the 2/3 mark. As of the end of today, I’ve walked roughly 345 miles. Santiago here I come!
Today was a short one, influenced mainly by my desire to attend vespers sung by monks reciting Gregorian chants. The service was held in the crumbling Iglesia de Santa Maria in Rabanal. Three monks, dressed in black robes softly sang in Latin. The effect was mystical, almost surreal. The church was strikingly simple, with a bank of glowing candles. I felt myself relax as the sound washed over me. A good time to ask God for help in my life, for strength to climb a mountain tomorrow and to allow myself to lay down my burden.
The walk today started in sun, but that quickly changed and rain ruled the day. I arrived in Santa Catalina just as the drops started to fall. I felt fortunate to get my morning coffee and put on rain gear under cover. I chose the first bar on the right because they were playing Ghost Busters as I passed.
In addition to their music selection, the bar had a sweet blue bird guarding the loo. She was unfazed by the comings and goings.
I walked on through undulating countryside on paths lined with a new kind of flowering bush. A nice walk, even in the rain.
I arrived in time for lunch, Spanish style. I felt so fortunate to be inside on this wet, chilly day as the rain pounded on relentlessly.
Tomorrow I have a 5-6 hour uphill walk to the highest point on the Camino, very likely in the rain. Time to get some winks. I hope this happens.