11 • La Roda

I made La Gineta in good time, had a coffee there and put on lining socks for the next stage of the journey to La Roda, 20 km away. It was a return to the day before as if the truck stops of yesterday had not happened. The cool morning, stark colors, bright reflection of the road and stones fields with occasional trees, made a masterpiece.

 OLD CAMINO

OLD CAMINO

Left truck stop in the dark, walked two hours on a service road, made La Gineta in good time, the Camino of two days ago was waiting for me.

  BACK TO BEAUTY, MY KIND AT LEAST.

BACK TO BEAUTY, MY KIND AT LEAST.

  NEGOTIATING PUDDLES BROUGHT VARIETY TO THE WALK

NEGOTIATING PUDDLES BROUGHT VARIETY TO THE WALK

  COOL MORNING, I HAD A COFFEE AT LA GINETA AND ENJOYED THE RETURN OF COLOR AND LIGHT

COOL MORNING, I HAD A COFFEE AT LA GINETA AND ENJOYED THE RETURN OF COLOR AND LIGHT

  II

II

  TREES ON THE WAY

TREES ON THE WAY

  NEAR AN OLD ABANDONED FARM HOUSE, PROBABLY PART OF THEIR ORCHARD

NEAR AN OLD ABANDONED FARM HOUSE, PROBABLY PART OF THEIR ORCHARD

  STOPPED AT THOSE TREES FOR 15 MINUTES AND DID BLISTER CONTROL

STOPPED AT THOSE TREES FOR 15 MINUTES AND DID BLISTER CONTROL

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  NADA

NADA

Beauty kept me distracted. I now understand why John of of the Cross and Teresa loved the term “nada”, nothing, in their spiritually, they learnt it from their surroundings.

 Beginning to fade, feet sore from hours on stony roads. Jesus appeared in the person of this grape picker full of kindness and generosity.

Beginning to fade, feet sore from hours on stony roads. Jesus appeared in the person of this grape picker full of kindness and generosity.

  SOON AFTER THE GRAPES THE TOWN CAME INTO VIEW, MUCH EARLIER THAN I HAD EXPECTED

SOON AFTER THE GRAPES THE TOWN CAME INTO VIEW, MUCH EARLIER THAN I HAD EXPECTED

  LUNCH

LUNCH