Today was quite a day. We left out of Leon at 6:30. We started early because we knew we had a long day. Leon to Villavante, 19 miles!
As we headed out there was a chill in the air, it was actually quite chilly. My hands got cold. We were excited about our first day, everything looked so amazing even the ugly industrial section of Leon!
The first little town out of Leon, was Virgin de Camino! As we entered all we wanted was breakfast. The first cafe was our stop!! Eggs, bacon, FF and Cafe con Leche!! Yum Yum!! Delish!
We continued on and this is where the day became real. We still had at least 14 miles ahead of us, remember don't think about the ending goal just what you are doing now!
We walked, we met some wonderful pilgrims, we prayed and then we walked some more!!
It was getting to be lunch time and we entered the small town of Villar de Mazarife! Not much there but a sweet little grocery store. Time for bread, ham, drinks and ice cream. We felt like we had just won the lottery. It's amazing how sweet the little things are when all you have is on your back and walking. We really weren't sure where we would eat and this little store was a gem!!
From there to our resting spot was 10kms. These kms consisted of a straight road in the sun!! No shade, no rest stops, just a long road that seemed to last forever!! As my son, Cale said, "it's like being on a treadmill, nothing changes." Where's that TV for the treadmill when you need it! 😃
We talked about our crosses we carry and how we carry these crossed for Our Lord! The Camino is pretty amazing but we must take the ugly long hot road just as we take the beautiful mountains and towns!! The beauty is our gifts and oasis, the long hot ugly roads are our deserts. Let us remember that God is with us in the desert! Those times we feel far from Him. Those times are when we receive the greatest gifts! Dear Lord, please allow us to carry our crosses for you and trusting that you are helping us with the load of the cross!
Look at the oasis He brought us to... Our resting place!! Molina Galochas!
Lord, thank you for all the gifts and graces! Please continue to guide us and give us the strength we need on this prayerful path!!
What a day! We had the day to explore Leon, it was amazing. So much to do.
We visited the Cathedral. So amazing there are so many windows that the walls could collapse. They have restored and reinforced it, I believe they are still working on it.
San Isidoro is a convent and has some amazing artifacts and a little "Sistine Chapel" in it.
Then we headed over to San Marcos. San Marcos was a monastery and is now a beautiful hotel. Lots of history here!
A little lunch, a little fun with the pilgrim and a shell along the way!
Today was awesome. Ended it with Mass at the Cathedral and a blessing for pilgrims. A perfect day and a great way to start our pilgrimage tomorrow.
May God bless us on the Camino and I will carry each of you with me in my prayers. Buen Camino! (If you have any special prayer requests please email me)
Your fellow pilgrim, Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen