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Camino Day 29: Humbled by Indecision

June 2, 2016: Olveiroa to Sardineiro 26 km/ 16.2 miles

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Breakfast was taken at the hostel before we departed as we were unsure if we would find food elsewhere. The trail was quiet. We imagined most had exited the town already and we were bringing up the rear. Today looked like another long kilometer day with limited stops en route.

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A small mobile cafe popped up in the middle of a more remote section of the Camino path. The guy worked out of his truck and provided a variety of drinks and snacks along with some hand made jewelry. As is the true tradition of the Camino, he accepted donations for anything desired. No prices listed. Pay what you can and if you can’t, you can take freely.

I have to admit, I embrace this concept, but concurrently some discomfort arises in my monkey-brain as I contemplate what amount to throw in. I eyed a piece of jewelry yet had no idea what to pay. Silly it be, I worried about giving too little or too much. Prices went back and forth like a ping pong ball in my mind. Kashi on the other hand was chill and followed the tradition with ease and got us teas.

Undecided about the jewelry, I left empty handed. These small pop-up businesses really support the local community, so price or no price listed, supporting them is a great way to give back. I was humbled by my own indecision.

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As far as water stops go along the route, there are numerous stone fountains available to refill your bottles and sometimes cool your feet. These life giving sources provided clean drinking water throughout the Camino. We had a prolonged stop at one such Divine fountain dipping our feet in the icy cold, luxurious water.

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We reached a summit and beheld what appeared to be the ocean in the distance. This was our first view of what once was considered the end of the world. We actually posed our query to another Peregrino to confirm our navigational discovery.

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Hunger hit but no restaurants were to be found except a more posh one situated on the waterfront. Not wanting to gamble when the next food option might appear, we stepped the budget up a notch, disregarded if there was a dress code and sat down on the veranda. In lieu of the restaurants decorum we refrained from taking our shoes off as per usual with our stops.

After our “fine” dining experience we trudged onward. We had lost a little momentum from stopping. Instead of trudging all the way to Fisterra for the night we stopped short in a seaside village. As per our usual luck we discovered a lovely little hotel at the end of a long lonely beach. We threw our bags in the room and took a stroll barefoot in the sand to massage our sore feet while getting a cheap, sand pedicure. I splashed about on the shoreline while Kashi searched for shells.

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There was one other Pilgrim staying at the hotel from Denmark. He was biking the Camino, which was the other official way to earn the Compostela certificate of completion. We dined with our pilgrim friend, had another interesting conversation to add to the many already shared en route and most likely solved a few world problems.

This was a serene place to chill. The moon rose above the water as the sky darkened. I counted my blessings.

Posted by Shantitraveler 23:27 Archived in Spain Tagged hiking trekking spain tranquility spiritual camino caminodesantiago

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Thanks for sharing! Glad you were able to solve some of the world's problems.

by Lisa Marie Zirbes

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