It is good to be on the Camino de Santiago on this last day of the Holy Year 2010, and now in Carrion de los Condes with three other pilgrims at the sisters’ refuge: one of the few refuges open, so I have done long distances and I am way ahead of schedule, arriving in Moratinos today!
Update 11.15 pm
The last part of the Camino walk from Carrion de los Condes to Moratinos was sobering. I have never walked the Camino with more prayerful intent. These last thirty kilometres were quite inevitably focused on poor Juli, whose young life was tragically lost in November. The dull 17 km trudge across the featureless landscape between Carrion and Calzadilla de la Cueza was unrelieved by the discovery that the bar in Calzadilla was shut, so another 6 km to Ledigos, where the bar was also shut, then another 3 km to Terradillos… and thankfully a beer.
The final three kilometres to Moratinos was a pleasant relief. The sun came out for a short while. Four days of walking from Burgos to Moratinos to remember Juli ended with a view of Moratinos in the evening winter light. The first thing you pass as you enter the village is the little walled cemetery on the left. Rest in peace, young Juli. Thank you for sharing your Camino with us. When I had a broken foot here in the village, a year ago, you went all around the village to find some crutches for me. A year later, I am fit to walk, and in remembrance of you who no longer live. God rest your soul.