Wednesday, June 28, 2017

My Camino Day 29 & 30

Day 29 Palas de Rei to Ribadiso (26 km) 
Day 30 Ribadiso to Pedrouzo (23 km)

Day 29: “Don’t try to take an easy way. Just follow the signs, accept whatever path is before you, take the challenge and walk  it.” This is what I said to Joy when she asked “why don’t we take a taxi to the next town. It will only take  20 minutes to Ribadiso by taxi instead of 7 hours!” It sounds like a plan. However, that is not the Camino. The young pilgrims in my team sent their backpacks by carrier service to Ribadiso. Each paid 3 euros for the service. They walked without the backpacks today.

Most pilgrims on the Camino carry their backpacks whether it’s just a small one or a big one. You throw all your stuff in this one backpack and carry it to the next destination.  To me carrying my own backpack is important. The backpack is my responsibility and the challenge I need to take to get myself to the next point in my life. Now I feel that my backpack becomes a part of myself and I don’t want to take an easy way out of this challenge.

I hope and pray that all my family members, friends, members of my church and community may gladly carry their responsibilities and face the challenges to the next level of their journey as faithful pilgrims. 

Day 30: In the morning I asked Joy to carry her backpack and challenge herself to see how far she could endure. I knew that she had an ankle problem since yesterday. I used my beloved duct tape to make an ankle support for her.  She continued walking with one flip flop on and finished her walk today. Carrying her backpack all day!  I am glad that she did it. Buen Camino. 

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