Last day of the Camino Holy Year

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.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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3 Responses to Last day of the Camino Holy Year

  1. Barbara says:

    Fast walking there! Do you have a name for plastic donkey?
    Barbara, Dalie, Rosie, Tinker, Once, Tippex, Smokie Joe, Tigresse, Tabitha,Alley Cat and the hens

  2. Karin says:

    Lovely way to end the old and bring in the new! May it be a truly wonderful year!

  3. cherry says:

    Mon cher frere Lapin, you have bounded along le camino with little consolation or comfort – yet you have found time to keep us all up to date, and to pray for Juli, and to remember me an unworthy soul – may the Lord bless and reward you abundantly, pressed down and running over – all thorugh 2011 and to the next Camino in 2012 with donkey and foal! thank you thank ou thank Him!
    Pace e bene amico, John 3:16 cherry

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