Peter O´Carroll decided t o walk out to meet me yesterday in San Pedro and after 30 kms got very lost. Long story but we hooked up this morning and walked in to Salamanca today.
Life on the trail has been very good. The day before yesterday I was in Fuenteroble staying at the parish albergue run by Father Blas Rodriguez a bit of a legend on the camino. A big strong man in his early 40´s he makes things happen. His albergue beautiful, clean and comfortable and decorated with dozens of amateur paintings from the life of Christ and scenes of pilgrims on the camino.
I asked him about mass and he said he would be saying it at one of his five coun t ry parishes and could take four pilgrims in his car w ith him. So I rounded up 3 others and off we went in his little car. He stopped every now and then to talk to and dispense advice to his parishioners.
It was a great mass and a pertinent homily on the trails of Job and his faith in the face of all advertisty. After mass he called the 4 peregrinos fwd and gave us hi s s p ecial blessing.
The next day I had to climb the highest peak yet, the Pico de Dueana and yes I got lost and end ed u p in the adjacent valley. Rather than backtrack a pig farmer s uggested that I cut thru hi s farm among his swine and climb a barbed wire fence and head up the mountain edging toward the east where I would pick up the trail. I wasn´t the least worried and away I went u`p and over the first barbed wire f ence and under the next . Always looking for the trail the first thing I spotted after half and hour or more was a large wooden cross erected by Fa ther Blas himself. I fell to my knees in great gratitude before that cross and rejoined the trail .
Peter and I have a nice inexpensive p ension here and a re off to mass shortly and then dinner. Tomorrow we are walking thru the entire city and heading north again. He has another week here and is anxious to walk. I too will be glad to get out of the city as I am more comfortable on the trail and in the small villages .
Hasta la vista!
Ps Laurie thanks for the list of internet sites.