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Linda’s Camino diary

We reported last month that Hearing Link Services Volunteer, Linda Ray is walking the Camino de Santiago to raise funds for the Charity.  She is now well on her way, having walked 102.5km already.

Here are some extracts from Linda’s Camino Diary:

18 April – We set off on our travels driving to Southampton and getting the boat to Bilbao it was a good sailing so calm while on the high sea we saw two pods of porpoises enjoying the sunshine!! I also met a hearing dog called Betsy with her human Mum called Maria on their way to Spain for a holiday – what a very happy coincidence!!

20 April – Valerene. I set up my tent in a lovely campsite, then headed off to explore Leon which is a nice town and went to see the cathedral, which was small but perfectly formed! Back to the campsite to enjoy the evening sunshine and alfresco dinning! Have already seen a few pilgrims.

21 April – after a night which was -1 degree, I didn’t sleep well but woke to a cold but beautiful sunny morning with not a cloud in the sky and after setting off on the wrong way finally arrived at Villa de Mazerife and found a lovely room for the night claiming a lower bunk!!

22 April – Villavante, wet wet wet!!! Not the best day for walking but it had to be done, completed 15kms… onwards and upwards!!

23 April – Carracedelo, had such an interesting day, met 2 men living in a cave-like home – they are making a campsite… after a long hill climb at the top was Cantina la Casa de Los Dioses and oasis of peace and kindness, a gentleman offered her hot coffee.  I burst into tears as I’d been walking into a head wind of north/westerly wind which was bitterly cold, but it was a good day.

26 April – El Acebo, today heading to the Iron Cross, beautiful walk and amazing scenery. Sadly disappointed when we arrived at the Cross as it is no longer iron but a wooden pole with a cross on the top BUT it was still very spiritual and emotional.

27 April – Molinaseca, been very hard going walking in old riverbeds and going downwards at the same time… stunning countryside and villages. Made it back to the campsite before an amazing thunderstorm, it rained heavily for about 2 hours! The walking today has been beautiful, so blessed.

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