Rev Andy's

Camino Updates

As part of his 3 month Sabbatical, Rev. Andy walked the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James).

 

He started at Oviedo on the Camino Primitivo. At Lugo he switched to the Via de la Plata route, the longest of the camino routes, walking the last 100km from Ourense to Santiago de Compostela in North-West Spain where the tomb of St. James is to be found in the Cathedral. 

 

Andy then walked from Santiago to Finisterre "The end of the world"

 

(Click an image to view full size. Photos in updates marked * were taken by Rev. Andy, others are stock photos)

25 June 2019*

25 June 2019*

And tonight an amazing sunset over Santiago Cathedral on my last night in Spain.

25 June 2019*

25 June 2019*

​Sunset at the end of the world. A beautiful end to a beautiful camino.

23 June 2019*

23 June 2019*

Today I have got to km0 - Muxia. Tomorrow is the end of the world - Finisterre

20 June 2019*

20 June 2019*

Me and my Aussie friends in front of the cathedral of Santiago. We made it!

20 June 2019

20 June 2019

Last day of walking to Santiago. Tomorrow I start walking towards the coast and Finisterre - the end of the world!

19 June 2019*

19 June 2019*

Reflecting today on how co-incidents, or perhaps God - incidents, help me to better understand myself. Heading as far as I can in the direction of Santiago. Not sure how far I'll get.

19 June 2019*

19 June 2019*

The albergue may have been a bit grand designs, but unfortunately the mossies had grand designs on my blood. Not much sleep had consequently.

18 June 2019*

18 June 2019*

Fortunately the weather improved for a while this morning and didn't pour down until after I had arrived at the Albergue, which looks like it should be on 'grand designs'. All for a meagre 6 Euros.

18 June 2019*

18 June 2019*

Only 44 km to go to Santiago. That's 2 days walking. After that I will head towards the coast and Finisterre - the end of the world!

18 June 2019*

18 June 2019*

​First rain today following a week of torrential sunshine. At the moment it's a blessed relief. Not sure I'll feel that way in 2 days time when I'm soaked to the skin. Heading to Laxe today and reflecting on how high moments in our lives can bring us closer to God.

17 June 2019

17 June 2019

Up this morning a bit late after a wonderfully long sleep and done a shorter walk as far as Castro Dozon today.

17 June 2019

17 June 2019

At 7:30 the 9 Cistercian monks still in the monastery celebrate vespers ​& pilgrims are invited to join them.​ It was a bit like being in Fountains Abbey (which was also Cistercian). There was lots of standing​,​ bowing ​&​ chanting of psalms. Halfway through the service I started to have a funny turn ​& nearly fainted.​ Today's angels of the camino were a local lady ​& the hospitalero (person in charge of the albergue) who sat me down ​& gave me a drink of water.​

17 June 2019*

17 June 2019*

Yesterday's walk was from Ourense to the monastery of Oseira, a pretty long 20 mile walk. Halfway there the camino splits, with the road to Oseira an alternative route. I thought that I was on the correct path but 7km in I realised that I had gone wrong. I ended up having to go an extra 6km (4 miles) in the scorching heat. At least it gave me plenty of time to reflect on the pain I cause myself when making wrong decisions! I finally got there at 6:30, just too late for the final daily tour.

14 June 2019*

14 June 2019*

Today made it to Lugo. Have been reflecting on how through our words and actions, as well as our silence and inaction, we can reject or ignore our adoption into God's family. Tomorrow I will be changing camino and having a couple of rest days. I will restart from Ourense, which is about 100km South of Santiago. As a result I won't be updating for the next couple of days

13 June 2019*

13 June 2019*

Made it to O Cadavo. A beautiful day's walk but with some brutal up hills. It's not called 'the leg wrecker' for nothing. Tomorrow I go to Lugo where there is a Roman re-enactment festival. Should be fun.

13 June 2019*

13 June 2019*

​Today I am reflecting on our adoption in the family of God.

12 June 2019*

12 June 2019*

Today I have been an angel of the camino. The owner of these sandals and interesting tattoos was so engrossed on his phone that he missed the turn. I called him back and saved him a long round trip.

12 June 2019*

12 June 2019*

At the border of Asturias and Galicia

12 June 2019*

12 June 2019*

On the way to Fonsegrada today and reciting the Jesus prayer I got the words mixed up and ended up saying: Lord Jesus Christ, son of the living God, have mercy on me and make me slimmer. I know this is a prayer Debbie says for me.

11 June 2019*

11 June 2019*

So I reflected on Jesus walking beside me and instead got a Bishop - Peter Bishop, an 82 year old from Llandudno on his fourth and final camino.

11 June 2019

11 June 2019

Yesterday I realised that I had lost my debit card (fortunately I still have a credit card) and before I knew it Debbie had phoned up the bank and cancelled it for me, so today Debbie is my 5th angel of the camino. Walking to Grandes de Salime today and will be reflecting on the road to Emmaus story and Jesus walking beside me.

10 June 2019

10 June 2019

Today I will be walking the 'hospitales' route, known as one of the hardest days of the camino. Nearly 20 miles with no water sources and no houses other than ruined albegues (hospitales), pray for me and others taking this route today.

9 June 2019

9 June 2019

Passed through Tineo where there was a special mass & procession for the festival of San Antonio. The structure of the mass service was very much like ours except the music was produced by Asturian bagpipes & drums. I couldn't understand the epistle until the last few words, which were names of places. It was the Pentecost reading in which people from many different countries understood what the apostles were saying, which I found ironic given that I hadn’t understood anything up to that point

9 June 2019

9 June 2019

As I walk today, I repeat the Jesus prayer in time to my steps. Then after a few repetitions I miss out the last phrase, repeating again after a few more repetitions until finally only one word is left. So here goes: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, Lord Jesus Christ, Son Lord Jesus Christ Lord Jesus Lord

9 June 2019*

9 June 2019*

This is David, my fourth angel of the camino. For him running an albergue isn't a job, it's a ministry of hospitality.

8 June 2019*

8 June 2019*

This is tonight's alburgue, a place that is teaching me the meaning of hospitality. Nothing is too much trouble for David and Pepito. Beer, coke and mint infusions are all freely available, we will later all sit down for a communal meal, they take our dirty clothes and bring them back clean and dry in the morning. The charge for all this luxury - a donation of whatever we are willing and able to pay. This place is something special.

8 June 2019*

8 June 2019*

Angel of the camino number 3 is James, an Aussie who tweezered out a couple of ticks that had found their way onto my back. James was more than happy to cause a pommie pain. Disappointingly the procedure was entirely harmless.

8 June 2019*

8 June 2019*

The removed, but still alive tick!

8 June 2019

8 June 2019

Spent last night in Salas, a pretty town with a medieval old town and cobbled streets. The Municipal Alburgue was interesting. At one point I counted 6 distinct snores in the room from a rasping heavy breathing to a bull's blare and a mooing cow. For a while it was almost symphonic and in time.

8 June 2019

8 June 2019

My second angel of the camino is person or persons unknown who placed coffee making facilities in a shelter in the village of San Marcelo. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it until an hour later.

7 June 2019*

7 June 2019*

My first Albergue is in Venta de Esclampero. This is the view from the albergue window with a rainbow in the distance. There are 6 fellow peregrines (pilgrims) 3 Americans, 2 Spaniards and one German.

7 June 2019*

7 June 2019*

When you leave the city the signs change to posts.

7 June 2019*

7 June 2019*

This is Felix, my first angel of the camino. I had lost my way in the city streets and he not only showed me the way but like Jesus on the road to Emmaus walked beside me and talked about camino's he'd done.

6 June 2019*

6 June 2019*

The marking of the shell directs me through the city streets.

6 June 2019*

6 June 2019*

The start of my Camino, the cathedral of Oviedo. This is where King Alfonso II began the first pilgrimage to the newly discovered grave of St James (Santiago) in the 9th century. I will be following in his footsteps.

Picos de Europa*

Picos de Europa*

Picos de Europa*

Picos de Europa*

Picos de Europa*

Picos de Europa*

Picos de Europa*

Picos de Europa*

Picos de Europa*

Picos de Europa*

Picos de Europa*

Picos de Europa*

If you are wondering what I have been doing for the last few days, I have been in the Picos de Europa, a mountain range to the east of Oviedo, here are a few pictures of where I have been

31 May 2019*

31 May 2019*

The Chinese have a saying 'even a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step' though it could also be translated 'you'll never walk a thousand miles if you don't step out of your front door'

29 May 2019*

29 May 2019*

So this is me attempting to travel light. I wonder what is going to be jettisoned first?