This morning, for lack of adequate waymarkers, I missed a turn and by the time I discovered it, it was easier just to press on. The road I was traveling would get me where I wanted to go, probably quicker than the trails. The big problem: it was dangerous. it was hilly and curvy and there was precious little shoulder on the country road. Speeders and bad drivers made life interesting for about 5 km. The lack of waymarking has been very frustrating for the first 2 days. In Spain, they take thus Camino stuff pretty seriously and signs marking the way are huge and plentiful. I saw on clear waymarker on day one and it was smaller than my hand on trunk of a tree. On day 2 I saw more. Fortunately, I had good maps and directions that kept me moving in the right direction. This morning I had a confluence if tragic circumstances that contributed to a dangerous situation for me: No map or directions, no waymarkers, no internet connection and a missed turn. A nice man in one town gave me great directions to the next town and there, everything turned around. Just as I was mentally working up a post about bad waymarking on the French Camino, I apparently entered a new zone or something. Because all of a sudden, everything was clearly marked. And remained so for the rest of the day. Both systems, the international red and white waymarkers for hikers, and the blue and yellow scallop-shell markets were abundant and accurate. Every intersection and junction was clear - and it is a good thing, because I was on backroads and country trails.
The Pilgrim Priest
Fr. Bart Hutcherson, OP is a priest of the Dominican Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus in the Western USA. From April 20 - June 1, 2015 he walked from Lourdes, France to Santiago de Compostella, Spain. This page contains observations, images and reflections from the Way of St. James.
Fr. Bartholomew Hutcherson, OP, "The Pilgrim Preacher" is an Itinerant Preacher and member of the Western Dominican Province Preaching Team. He is available for retreats, conferences, and Parish Missions. He offers pilgrimages periodically and shares images and reflections on this website as "virtual pilgrimages."