19 • Mora

A different day altogether. I cleared the town in 15 minutes and had to use my head light for the next 3/4 hour. The Camino Levante heads directly west across the country, so seldom do I witness sunrise, unless I turn around. What I do see, and was so beautiful this morning, is the effect of the light rising behind me and lighting up the road ahead. Today’s walk was  one of exceptional beauty even though it was very challenging. Initially the beauty was the wide open vista, rock fields and harvested wheat fields, both similar colors, then it changed to midget pine trees which in turn changed to olive tree plantations. At the transition between the wide, white fields and the pine trees the road became rocks, probably the most difficult so far, aggravated by the fact the path was ascending so it was one step forward two steps back.

What redeemed the strenuous walk was the beauty of climbing through hills of olive groves many of the trees seem to be very old. I had to stop a number of times to minister to my feet because of the difficult road and each time I did so I was struck by the vibe the olive trees exuded. There was quietness and silence, a kind of dignity, of presence or wisdom sitting among those ancient trees, it was healing and life-giving.

  THE CONFUSION, ESPECIALLY IN THE DARK, OF TWO DIFFERENT CAMINOS SIDE BY SIDE

THE CONFUSION, ESPECIALLY IN THE DARK, OF TWO DIFFERENT CAMINOS SIDE BY SIDE

  LIGHT OPENING UP THE ROAD

LIGHT OPENING UP THE ROAD

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  THE SUN RISING BEHIND ME LIGHTING UP THE PATH AND THE FIELDS

THE SUN RISING BEHIND ME LIGHTING UP THE PATH AND THE FIELDS

  A BREATHTAKING DAWN

A BREATHTAKING DAWN

  AND NOT A SOUND, JUST BEING THERE WAS PRAYER

AND NOT A SOUND, JUST BEING THERE WAS PRAYER

  PINES AND OLIVE TREES

PINES AND OLIVE TREES

  THE TRANSITION TO MIDGET PINES AND ROCKS AS ROAD

THE TRANSITION TO MIDGET PINES AND ROCKS AS ROAD

  OLIVE GROVES AS FAR AS I COULD SEE

OLIVE GROVES AS FAR AS I COULD SEE

  A QUIET PRESENCE SITTING IN THEIR MIDST

A QUIET PRESENCE SITTING IN THEIR MIDST

  THE PATH BECAME ROCKS

THE PATH BECAME ROCKS

  MORE OF THE “OLIVE WALK “ TODAY

MORE OF THE “OLIVE WALK “ TODAY

  THE DAMN MOUNTAIN WITH THE CASTLE WE HAD TO CROSS

THE DAMN MOUNTAIN WITH THE CASTLE WE HAD TO CROSS

  SITTING OUTSIDE IN MORA

SITTING OUTSIDE IN MORA

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