Day 3 - Camino De Santiago (Way of #StJames
Readings: Psalm 100, Revelation 3:19-20, John 20:24-29 “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” #Revelation
At 27 km (29 km including detours - more on this later), this stage is pretty much like yesterday, but has been much more difficult.
I lingered at #Melide
, 15 km from Palas, to visit the Igrexa de San Xoan de #Furelos
(in the local Gallego language, similar to Portuguese) with its unusual crucifix (see photos). Close by is the Church of San Roque and San Pedro whose 14th century #cruceiro
(wayside cross) is reputed to be the oldest in the Camino. I joined a beautiful mass for a group of young #Camino
volunteers. I’m stopping at the little village of Ribadiso, 3 km before #Arzua
, the next big town. There’s no church at my stop so this is my Pilgrim’s mass for the day. I had to decline an invitation from a young man (around 16 or 17) for evening worship, as I am stopping 12 km further on.
I Ieft Melide at half past 1, having sampled #pulpo
(octopus), the local Gallego/Galician specialty. With the blistering Spanish summer in full swing, I had to walk slower, made a few stops and downed 4 litres of water in the process.
It was a slow slog and with hurting, taped feet, I wondered if it’s worth all the trouble at all.
Then, I remembered Tita C. Walking at half my pace, I passed her by on Day 1. I greeted her Buen Camino and she greeted back. Never did I expect that she was a Pinoy until on Day 2, she called out #Pinoy
ka ba? (Are you #Filipino
?) as I walked past her. We exchanged pleasantries but I had to rush to cover 27 km!