|Beautiful Villamayor de Monjardin, the village and winery|
located at the base of a castle-topped peak.
Over the last five days we've covered about 75 miles. The territory has been lovely and lush with greenery. The camaraderie has been close and the pace has been a challenge. We came to the agreement that, rather than a race between teams we would have a gentle walk, staying in touch with each other, sharing our evolving stories, and relaxing into a sustainable pace.
Our journey to date. View Cyber Pilgrimage in a larger map
We also had a long talk about practical matters like how to care for blisters (more on that tomorrow), how to stay hydrated, whether we should trust the abundant fuentes (fountains) along the way, and our feelings about unisex bathrooms, common in Europe but a novelty for Americans. As we talked, we realized how much we enjoyed our togetherness.
After our conversation we headed back to Team John's albergue for chapel and enjoyed a few moments in prayer and contemplation on the meaning of the Camino. We Seattleites prayed for people back home, and one in particular -- a member of our church who was convicted today of a serious crime. News photos show he was sent away in handcuffs to jail and looks ahead to 31-41 years of prison. We prayed for him, his family, the victims of his crime, and for his many friends at our church who love him, are sad for him, and will miss him.
Off to bed in our two albergues for some blog-writing and then a morning walk to Torres del Rio, together as a group. The only bad news in the whole day is the weather report for tomorrow: "Rain."