684 kilometres to Santiago
After a hearty breakfast of tortilla and cafe con leche, it was time to conquer Alton de Perdon.
Like a major project, tackling some of these hills requires breaking the exercise into smaller tasks.
I have been finding the uphill climbs easier but the downhills are punishing my knees. Alto del Perdon “Mount of Forgiveness” turned out to be easier broken into two tasks and when I was on top, the feeling of elation was awesome! This is a definite iconic photo op for peregrinos. Upon arrival you find the iron sculptures of pilgrims braving the wind as they continue on their path. The inscription translated: “where the path of the wind meets the path of the stars” Oh yes and a coffee truck! Progress!!
I believe the 2nd or maybe it was the 3rd round of wine last night might account for some shakiness but we made it. Once on level ground again it was much easier and off we went.
The rest stop in Uterga was like an oasis and here I indulged in a burger and a beer.
Time to find food. I made my way through the alley to the church which was gorgeous and gilded with gold. I sat in a pew and said a prayer for my family and friends before heading down the street. Suddenly I hear hey you, Canada come sit with us. The table was full of New Zealanders and a couple from B.C. who reminded me of Nikki and Ryan. We shared some food, wine and laughed at the terrible service. One of the ladies suggested we head to the mercado for more wine and food and meet at the bridge. That was the plan…I joined them by the bridge and hoped to have a call with dad, but it didn’t work out. I’ll try again tomorrow.. This is a where I was transmitting from.