VIA De La PLATA To ZAMORA and SANABRES To SANTIGO

Camino Via De La Plata 2014

The Route of The Silver or Road of the Silver, is a journey of practically 1.000 kilometers, leaving from Seville, and taking a turn West after Zamora over the Galician Mountains for Puebla of Sanabria and Ourense, until Santiago of Compostela. (I take this option, known as The Sanabres).

It is a millennial road, “wrapped for all luck of vestiges; spine of the Iberian peninsula, axis that allowed” and it facilitated the traffic of the Roman divisions and later the Arab invasion.
It was also a magnificent penetration road for the reconquest of Extremadura and Andalucia.

I fly from Dublin,Ireland on Tuesday 8th April. I intend to stay 2 nights in Seville. I will post some updates on the way.

“I DO not look for holy saints to guide me on my way,
Or male and female devilkins to lead my feet astray.
If these are added, I rejoice—if not, I shall not mind,
So long as I have leave and choice to meet my fellow-kind.”

from
Kipling – A Pilgrim’s Way

I DO not look for holy saints to guide me on my way,
Or male and female devilkins to lead my feet astray.
If these are added, I rejoice—if not, I shall not mind,
So long as I have leave and choice to meet my fellow-kind.

Thus I will honour pious men whose virtue shines so bright
(Though none are more amazed than I when I by chance do right),
And I will pity foolish men for woe their sins have bred
(Though ninety-nine percent of mine I brought on my own head).

And when they bore me overmuch, I will not shake mine ears,
Recalling many thousand such whom I have bored to tears.
And when they labour to impress, I will not doubt nor scoff;
Since I myself have done no less and—sometimes pulled it off.

And when they work me random wrong, as oftentimes hath been,
I will not cherish hate too long (my hands are none too clean).
And when they do me random good I will not feign surprise.
No more than those whom I have cheered with wayside charities.

But when I meet with frantic folk who sinfully declare
There is no pardon for their sin, the same I will not spare
Till I have proved that Heaven and Hell which in our hearts we have
Show nothing irredeemable on either side the grave.

Deliver me from every pride—the Middle, High, and Low—
That bars me from a brother’s side, whatever pride he show.
And purge me from all heresies of thought and speech and pen
That bid me judge him otherwise than I am judged. Amen!
That I may sing of Crowd or King or road-borne company,
That I may labour in my day, vocation and degree,
To prove the same in deed and name, and hold unshakenly
(Where’er I go, whate’er I know, whoe’er my neighbour be)
This single faith in Life and Death and to Eternity:
“The people, Lord, Thy people, are good enough for me!”

Rudyard Kipling

I travel in hope and will add any advice I can give to others following this path later this year. It may not be in “realtime” as I don’t intend to spend a lot of time “blogging”but will certainly carry home notes to post at a future date. I will try posting updates and photos by e.mail, let’s see how that goes.

I can do it

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