Peregrinos Who Have Passed


Saturday, June 25
Puerta de Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero
Day 25

It turned out our laundry wasn’t ready the previous night at 9:00 pm, as I thought had been promised, or even at 9:00 am the following morning. After we finally got the laundry back, we sorted and packed it as quickly as possible, but even so, for the first time during the trip, we had the  luggage delivery guy pounding on our door asking about our luggage.

Back on the road again, we had good walking conditions. A cool day, and a good road surface. Along the way, we met Veronica from Romania at a crossroads where we were puzzling out which of three roads to follow. We ran into her again at a cafe at lunchtime.

James is tired of always seeing the same options on the menu. Our “mixed salad” at lunch consisted of tuna, green olives, and tomatoes – no lettuce whatsoever.

On the Camino, there are plentiful reminders of pilgrims who have gone before us, and frequent reminders of our mortality.  I haven’t seen any statistics on how many pilgrims die while walking the Camino, but given how much it taxes everyone, even the physically fit, I am not surprised to come across memorial crosses like the one above. Of course, the movie The Way starts with a father trying to understand  how his son perished on the Camino and why the son so wanted to make this journey.

RIP Mr. Friedrich, and all the other peregrinos who have passed while on the Camino.

Steps Today: 30,452

For more photos of this stretch of the Camino, see our June 25 page:
June 25, 2016: Puerta de Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero

Author: Camino for Boomers

I am the owner and editor of Bayou City Press in Houston, Texas. As a Foreign Service Officer, I lived and traveled all over the world for 33 years. My new book is "Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It's the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike."

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