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Walking up to Orisson

Today was simply a beautiful day. The sun was shining and the temperature was warm. I started for Orisson at about 7 am. The walk was everything that I remember it being, but I am in much better shape and carrying substantially less weight, not my backpack of course it is as heavy as always but on my body. I made it by 9:30 most of my friends were going forward to Roncesvalles but, I had reservations for Orisson. I could not figure out what the heck I was going to do for the rest of the day, so I made the decision to go forward to Roncesvalles and chance that I would get a bed. Of course that complicated things a bit as I had reservations for the next several days that needed to be changed. I contacted the albergue in Zubiri that I had a reservation in and asked to change it to tomorrow. Maria the Hospitalera told me that she was completo for tomorrow but then offered to find me a bed. That was really over and above, my first Camino angel experience of this walk, I was so grateful. Within 10 minutes she sent me a WhatsApp with my bed at albergue Avellano. I had stayed there before so that was great. I was able to change my other reservations as well. The camino is very full. Zubiri is completo for tomorrow so I was very lucky.

The walk from Orisson to Roncesvalles was hard and Long but not as bad as in years before. The last time I walked all the way was my first Camino and I found it very diffficult.

Roncesvalles is full of pilgrims, they say that they are only filling half the beds but all of the beds on my floor were full.

Tonight I went to Mass, received a pilgrims blessing and said a few prayers of my own. I especially asked God’s blessing and healing hands for my sister-in-law Sarah who is in the hospital right now.

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