A Quick Trip to Nugget – Palas de Rei to Arzúa

We are now within two days of our goal. Less than 40 kilometers from the Cathedral in Santiago. It is basically just a bit farther than driving from our house to the Nugget Market on Florin in Sacramento. Seems strange.

But this is life at 3 miles per hour (or less—depending on hills, weather, and how we are feeling). I was trying to savor a bit more today, even though our tiredness by the end of the day was getting the best of me. Today was one of our longer days, with my Health App reading over 20 miles.

But the beauty, the weather, and the journey has been worth savoring. There are more people out on this part of the Camino, with many people starting at Sarria and some connecting the rough the Camino Primitivo today. There were quite a few places where we could see 10 or so people at a glance down the trail. That has been rare except for the beginning of the trip in St. Jean.

Again, we started early, and we could see a person or two in front or behind us. We all helped each other in looking for the trail markers, for even though we had headlamps, the way markers can be easily missed in the dark. I love the mornings, the mist, the crisp weather, the sunrises. Lena has many beautiful pictures of this time of day, as the color of the sunrise and the geography paints amazing images.

Today we didn’t go through as many farms and small villages, and there was less of the beautiful stonework to admire. Our Irish traveling companions tell us that this region of Spain reminds them a lot of their home country.

I realize that with all this walking, we are people who are goal setters. We know where we want to go each day (and usually have reservations there). I really admire the people who just walk until it seems right to stop. They seem to take in the beauty around them, to savor a leisurely meal, and to engage in conversation frequently. Sometimes our goal setting, while it serves us well, can take me away from just being in the moment. Continuing message to Jim—be in the moment.

So we have two more days of moments before we conclude THIS Camino. Life at 3 miles per hour.

Author: Jim Zazzera

I find myself thinking about the past, wondering about the future, and doing my best to live in the present.

4 thoughts on “A Quick Trip to Nugget – Palas de Rei to Arzúa”

  1. Being in the moment is something we all need to do. You and Lena have done that for us with your blogs and pictures. Thank you. 💞

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  2. Jim, when you get back let’s walk to Starbucks @ Watt & Fair Oaks. (It’s about ½ way.). 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️😳

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  3. Thank you for bringing us along. Beautiful pictures and love your thoughts. Savor these last days at 3 miles per hour 🙏❤

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