Day five begins

Burgos is grey and overcast this morning. Looking down into the street all I can see are the tops of umbrellas. Anyway, it can only get better and who knows what today will hold.

In one sense, of course, we do know what lies ahead of us. After breakfast, a local guide will collect us from our hotel and take us on a tour of this city and especially of Burgos Cathedral with its mighty gothic façade and the Monastery of Huelgas Reales. Some of the group went out yesterday afternoon and came back with wonderful stories of what they had seen in the old city. So I am really looking forward to that.

Then after lunch we will leave Burgos and walk from Hornillos to Hontanas which is meant to be about 10km. But, depending on the weather, we will work out how much of this we actually walk. We will then continue through the flat landscape of the Tierra de Campos to Fromista visiting the beautiful Romanesque church of San Martin before arriving for two nights in Leon.

So another full day lies before us. It will be a big change of landscape, moving from the mountains on to the plain, this Tierra de Campos. The mountains always provide a spectacular backdrop but I am sure the plains will have their own beauty.

We heard from the other group yesterday evening. Whilst we were in the rain, they were in the sun and had a great walk of 20km. They had arrived at a nice hotel and were getting ready for a lovely evening when they texted me. I hope the sun shines on them today – and on us.

In the morning both groups are using a Celtic blessing to set us on our different journeys along the same Way. It is a prayer that always makes me smile, typically Celtic, typically kind and holistic. Whatever we are doing today and whatever the day holds for us may this blessing travel with us.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and throughout this day,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Amen.

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