Today Frank carried my pack when I couldn’t carry it any longer.
An elderly spaniard warned us not to take the old Camino. He said it was too steep, We walked the highway instead, until we met up with the Martin family. They talked us into taking the original El Camino.
The Camino was beautiful, rocky & steep, VERY difficult. Miguel Martin peregrino in Valcarlos, took pity on us & left his family while they picnicked & returned to help us. He carried my backpack, encouraged us, showed us a black 6 inch snail–not edible. & which berries to eat. Our prayers always seem to be answered, we get the help we need, and we find strength within us to carry on. We pray to Jesus to give us the grace to know his will, intercessory prayers to God from St. Anthony to find us a room, and St Christopher for a safe journey. Everything is possible with God.
In Roncesvalles we stayed in a €60 suite (decided against the €15/person 125 bed Alberques dinner & breakfast included) & had an €17 each fixed price meal (goat cheese salad (various lettuces in oil, endive, raisins, walnuts, bacon ), Cod with tomatoes & peppers with an entire bottle of wine, bread & water, dessert–Frank had Basque Cake, I had flan with cream.
We will attend the pilgrims mass tonight at 8pm. BTW we are exhausted.