Day 14, Carrion de los Condes

Day 14. September 8, 2014. Carrion de los Condes. We have now completed two weeks on the Camino, and not yet half the distance. That will be in two more days.

Another early morning start to reach Fromista and meet Fr. John Peck who had just arrived. Had to step around puddles from the prior night’s storm. We were treated to another beautiful sunrise. The way followed a man-made canal created to transport the crops. Trucks now transport the crops but the canal brings lovely views to an otherwise tedious walk. The canal also created a stunning entrance to Fromista.

Another day on the mesetta, the flat plain that is short on shade and heavy in the scorching sun. It was a flat journey though, for Fr. John’s first day and those suffering blisters.

The Way in this stage follows a busy highway, so we exercised the option for a quieter path along the river. Our Australia friend joined us for the day. You can see him in the photo of our rest break. Fr. John is the one with the biggest beard.

A fairly uneventful walk, except for another spectacular sky. Perhaps this is God’s way to lift our attention to the heavens rather than the journey on earth.

In Carrion all the albergues are run by religious orders. Wouldn’t you know we would pick the one with the nuns on vacation! There is a beautiful Romanesque church nearby aptly named for the Blessed Mother on the feast of her Nativity. We arrived too late for the village’s celebration of the feast but could hear the fireworks as we entered the town. The feast closed most businesses this afternoon making it hard to get supplies we need for tomorrow.

Mass this evening was followed by the pilgrim blessing and the Salve Regina. Many pilgrims were in attendance.

We are concerned that tomorrow’s journey will start off with 10 miles before we reach another town. Pray for us.

L-R: (an unnamed pilgrim), Fr. James Kauffmann, Fr. John Peck, OSB