Camino Sanabrés, Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas, Day Four, 22.6 Kilometers (14.04 Miles)

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Our day four on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas was a short and sweet day, designed to take advantage of several shorter days in order to spend additional time in the charming town of Puebla de Sanabria the following day. 

Quote for Day Four on the Camino Sanabrés, Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas

“Our lives are full of thresholds: moving through the rise and fall of each day, the rhythm of the week, the seasons, the veil between this world and the other, between the status quo and our own deepening and unfolding journey. Thresholds require that we be vulnerable, that we acknowledge that we simply do not know what is to come, that we surrender to something much bigger and more meaningful, even as it calls us away from familiar patterns and habits that have become much loved.” ~ Christine Valters Paintner, Benedictine Oblate and Online Abbess

I love this quote, because every step along a Camino can be a threshold to our own "deepening and unfolding journey." That is if we commit to being open to see our inner selves in a new way. In my opinion, thresholds are opportunities for self-discovery, as each step prepares us for a better understanding of ourselves and our surroundings. 

Maps and Stats of Day Four on the Camino Sanabrés, Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas

Our group decided that it was best to end our day in Entrepeñas, when all the other pilgrims setting out from Rionegro carried on until the next albergue in Asturianos, another 3.3 kilometers farther on. By staying in Entrepeñas, the only choice of accommodation is a wonderful casa rural, which I describe below. 

Since we were planning a rest day in Puebla de Sanabria, the end of day five's stage, it made no sense to shorten farther an already short day five of about 18 kilometers, to only 15. We had been on the road for 10 days since Salamanca, and all of us thought a break in the tourist, medieval town of Puebla de Sanabria was a fabulous idea.

Our budgets allowed us to stay in a casa rural, a nice break from the albergues. But our main reason to shorten the day was because Nadine still had her limp off her right leg that was not improving. Two short days combined with a day off, we hoped would set things right. 

The day's journey is broken up, by not quite half, in the large town of Mombuey, with lots of services, grocery stores, restaurants, an albergue and several other accommodations. Some pilgrims choose to take the very long stage of about 36 kilometers from Santa Marta de Tera to Mombuey. Such a length was not for us!

The remainder of the day after Mombuey is an easy upsy downsy jaunt from one small village to another with no services and lots of countryside. 

Here is my GPS-created Google map of our day, along with the services available. 

There is not much elevation gain, only 142 meters (465 feet), then a drop near the end of the day, with a hot but short climb up to Entrepeñas to end the day. 

Elevation Profile, Camino Sanabrés, Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñasElevation Profile, Camino Sanabrés, Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas

Photo-Rich Travelogue for Day Four on the Camino Sanabrés, Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas

We left from the north side of the Albergue de Peregrinos Virgen de la Carballeda (left turn as you exit the front door) on a street that parallels the main road. Below is the street where we walked, heading towards the tower-like building, as we left town at daybreak. Just beyond the tower you can see a small building on the right, where you turn to the right after about 180 meters from the albergue. The right turn is onto a nice dirt lane. 

Leaving Rionegro del Puente at Daybreak on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñasLeaving Rionegro del Puente at Daybreak

The dirt lane takes you on a climb up a little hill. After 0.58 kilometers, come to this intersection, below and take a right hand turn. 

Right Turn at Top of HillRight Turn at Top of Hill

In about another hundred fifty meters later, you come to an overpass across the A-52 that you walk across. You can just see the white bridge if you look closely in the photo above. 

Immediately after the bridge, the Camino turns left, to the west, and walks you down the hill and parallel to the highway. 

Walking Parallel to the A-52 on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñasWalking Parallel to the A-52

After approximately 1.5 kilometers into the day on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas, the lane takes a bend away from the highway, but then proceeds to bend right back towards it to follow it again. Oh well. 

You have to parallel the A-52 for about a kilometer, when you see the overpass of the N-525 ahead and the lane bends again to the right to climb up a small hill. Again, we thought that we were leaving the highway, but instead, by kilometer 2.2 at the top of the hill, and by a large run-down red building, we could see that we were now joining the parallel path of the N-525 once again! 

Only a few hundred meters later, the lane diverges again, this time away from any highway for good. All-in-all it was only about one and a half kilometers of paralleling highway lanes. In actuality, the lanes continue to follow the path of the N-525 all the way to Mombuey, but it is far enough away to not hear or see it much. 

The lane ahead is now open and sunny, and we were glad that it was a cool autumn day. The temps had changed dramatically from our earlier days and it was most certainly October now. 

Open Farm LanesOpen Farm Lanes

As we continued on the open lanes, it was flatter now. After kilometer 3.57, approximately, the Camino crosses a minor paved road. If you were to turn to the left, this is the ZA-P-2657, and after 1/3 kilometer, a left onto the N-525, you would encounter a restaurant, El Empalme, across from the industrial buildings you just passed by on the lanes. 

After the intersection, the two-track lane peters out to one track and the strong path becomes nice and sandy through sections here. Some more mountains are now in our view ~ preview of what was to come!

Easy on the Feet Sandy TracksEasy on the Feet Sandy Tracks

We enjoyed the flat area over the next several kilometers, but it is very open, high and dry, and on a hot day could be quite brutal. 

After around 5.29 kilometers, we came to a Y-intersection, and turned right, where we soon caught up with Patrick, one of the French pilgrims we had met. The terrain was getting a little rougher and we were climbing a bit again. 

Peregrino Negotiates Rougher Road Ahead on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñasPeregrino Negotiates Rougher Road Ahead

We continued walking through another open and flat area, with lots of attractive "standing" stones. More mountains appear in our view as well. 

Open Terrain - Mountains in ViewOpen Terrain - Mountains in View

Just after about kilometer seven, we could see and hear the A-52 Motorway and the N-525, on our left! At this point, take heart, because you are almost in Mombuey

By about 7.35 kilometers into the day, we rounded a bend, and buildings were in sight. 

Buildings of Mombuey Ahead on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñasBuildings of Mombuey Ahead

After kilometer 7.59, merge with another dirt track to head for the prominent building, the truck stop at the Hotel Restaurante La Ruta (+34 980 64 27 30). It was a welcome sight. The Hotel has reasonably priced rooms, if you are planning to end your day here. The hotel has no website, so stop in to check on current rates if you are interested. 

Hotel Restaurante La Ruta on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñasHotel Restaurante La Ruta

We arrived at La Ruta by around 8.0 kilometers into the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas. We had a fabulous coffee break here with hearty snacks as well. The food was great and it was a bustling place along the highway. 

There is a bakery just across the highway from La Ruta if you need to buy bread.

After the hotel, there is a dirt track that parallels the N-525 for a bit longer as you head towards the center of town, shown below. 

Onwards Toward the Center of MombueyOnwards Toward the Center of Mombuey

Eventually you must join the roadway of the N-525, but there is a sidewalk where you can walk safely. 

Entering the Center of Town on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñasEntering the Center of Town

Immediately upon entering the center of Mombuey, you come to the first grocery store, the Día, the red roofed building, above, just after the stop sign. You can stock up here. Shortly thereafter, pass the Corviran grocery store on the left!

Next, on the frontage road, to the right, you pass the Bar El Porvenir, which advertises a pilgrim's menu and shown below. Across the street is the Cafetería El Destino. 

Pass the Bar El PorvenirPass the Bar El Porvenir

Next we passed the Bar San Martino on the left side of the street and by 9.2 kilometers into the day, the Bar Central and a tienda selling cheese and meat on the opposite corner! Plenty of services in Mombuey! At the Bar Central is where you turn left onto the Calle Iglesia. 

Quaint Mombuey Streets on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñasRich and Norm Walk Quaint Mombuey Streets

Only a few meters after the turn, you encounter the Albergue de Peregrinos de Mombuey. This location would end a very long day from Santa Marta de Tera, if you were to do the often noted traditional stage of over 36 kilometers! It is a full 9.25 kilometers from the end of our stage in Rionegro del Puente, until the albergue in Mombuey. 

I would have liked to stay in this town, as it has a lot of services and is very quaint, but there is no way I am willing to do 36 kilometers anymore, if I ever did! 

Albergue de Peregrinos de MombueyNadine Peers into the Albergue de Peregrinos de Mombuey

The albergue is just before the town church, the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and its square, shown below. In a few more steps the church looms above you and you see the church cross. 

Walk around the square and continue onward to the west. 

Cross Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la AsunciónCross - Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la AsunciónIglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

A few meters past the church square, after about kilometer 9.42, find this turn to the right, shown below, marked a bit obscurely by a yellow arrow painted on a small sign. If for some reason this arrow is missing, after walking past the church, stay high and to the right at the first Y-intersection. 

Right Turn After Church Square on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñasRight Turn After Church Square

The paved and narrow road soon becomes a dirt lane. You will now be following this lane out of town, to the south side of the N-525. Come to a T-intersection with a paved road from town, and turn left. The pavement ends immediately and the road becomes dirt. You will see the highway signs ahead, one showing that you are leaving Mombuey. Follow this lane parallel to the N-525.

Follow Frontage Lane with N-525 on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñasFollow Frontage Lane with N-525

After 10 kilometers, you come to an intersection with a major paved road. Follow the yellow arrow to walk to the other side, where you join an exit lane from the N-525. There is a well-worn path to the south of the exit lane, and a mojón indicating that indeed this is the way to go. 

Cross Paved Road to Exit LaneCross Paved Road to Follow Exit Lane

It is only a short distance before you pick up a nice frontage lane again, to the south of the highway, shown below. 

Join Frontage Lane Again on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñasJoin Frontage Lane Again

All-in-all you will be on this frontage lane for not quite two kilometers. You will be climbing all along this way. 

Open Frontage LaneOpen Frontage Lane, Camino Sanabrés, Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeña

After about 11.2 kilometers, pass a large cattle ranch with green farm buildings on your left. It is just after the ranch where the lane now leaves the open area and heads for the lovely trees.

You are still following the path of the N-525, it is just not visible. You can still hear it however, on your right, as well as the motorway, the A-52 on your left as it's path also gets nearer! Not as serene a walk as I had hoped. 

Lane Heads Into the TreesLane Heads Into the Trees

After approximately kilometer 11.8 the lane now takes a big bend to the left, or south. Right around kilometer 12, you cross the A-52 motorway. Here is Nadine, Norm and Rich crossing the highway, as I looked back at them. 

Cross the A-52 for the Second Time for the Day on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñasCross the A-52 for the Second Time for the Day

At this point you are also more than halfway into the day on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas! 

After about kilometer 12.3 you come to an intersection, where you turn right. There was poor waymarking here when we walked through ~ only a faint painted arrow on a sign. It is a major lane that you turn right onto, shown below, heading toward a more southwesterly direction. It is less than 400 meters after the bridge. (Do not turn right onto a faint lane immediately after the bridge). 

Poorly Waymarked Right TurnPoorly Waymarked Right Turn

By the time you arrive at this intersection, you are at the high point of the day at 942 meters (3090 feet). You have gained 142 meters (465 feet) since Rionegro. Not bad! It also is essentially downhill for the next two kilometers. 

By 12.6 kilometers into the day come to a Y-intersection and turn left to cross a bridge over a railroad track. 

Cross Railroad Tracks on a Bridge on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñasCross Railroad Tracks on a Bridge

The lane ahead from here is open and you can see some buildings ahead of the next town of Valdemerilla. Here is a photo of Rich, on this lane, who had turned back toward me to pose for the photo. 

Rich on the Road to ValdemerillaRich on the Road to Valdemerilla

After approximately 13.1 kilometers, turn to the right at this intersection by the farm building and this equipment that looked like it was a permanent structure! There were two dogs lying sedately by the building that were no threat at all. They didn't even move when we walked by. 

Right Turn Before ValdemerillaRight Turn Before Valdemerilla

About 1/2 kilometer later, come to a T-intersection, where there is a stone wall and turn left and onto the pavement. You are now walking into the town proper of Valdemerilla and the town church is ahead. 150 meters later, you walk by a fountain and the town placard, shown below, letting you know where you are. There is a nice bench in the shade here as well, if you want to take a rest break.

Valdemerilla Placard and Fountain by the Iglesia San LorenzoValdemerilla Placard and Fountain by the Iglesia San Lorenzo

The Camino does not actually take you to the church, a few meters away, but by the placard after 13.8 kilometers into the day, take a right hand turn, to continue on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas.

Two "blocks" later, after another 140 meters or so, take a left turn southward at the western edge of town. This is how big the town is! Leave town on yet another lane. 

After kilometer 14.3 (280 meters after town) where the road makes a big bend more westward again, come to what looks like a Y-intersection. The Camino stays on the prominent gravel lane towards the right. There is no waymark here. 

Thus, at this big bend, begins the long almost three kilometer open walk to the next town of Cernadillo. In the photo below, you can see our Danish friend, Vim, ahead, with whom we were catching up. The lane to Cernadillo is an improved gray, gravel lane the whole way. There are small hills, as you can see on this section, but no significant elevation gain. 

The Gravel Road to CernadilloThe Gravel Road to Cernadillo
Catching Up to Vim, Just Before CernadilloCatching Up to Vim, Just Before Cernadillo

After kilometer 17.1 you arrive in the outskirts of Cernadillo. The Ermita del Cristo is the first building that comes into view, shown below. Turn left here to enter town. The waymarking is good through Cernadillo. 

Ermita del Cristo, Cernadillo, Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñasErmita del Cristo, Cernadillo

A few meters later, take another left hand turn by a white tower and onto the Calle Ermita. 

This street leads you through the center of town, by quaint stone buildings, and to the church plaza. The town placard to the pilgrim is just in front of the church, as you can see in the photo below. 

Towards the Iglesia Parroquial de Cernadillo, Camino Sanabrés, Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñaTowards the Iglesia Parroquial de Cernadillo

Continue on straight at the plaza, and below the church terrace wall to the right. 

At the first intersection after the church, a short distance later, you come to this fountain, to the right of the building shown below. You can maybe see a yellow arrow on the curb in front of the building in the shadow. Take the left hand turn before the building. 

Left Turn in Cernadillo by FountainLeft Turn in Cernadillo by Fountain

The street you are now on is called the Calle San Salvador, and it is lined with more quaint old stone buildings and houses. We caught Katarina, from France having a break at one of them. It was too good a photo opportunity to pass up!

Catherine Takes a Break in Cernadillo, Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñaKatarina Takes a Break in Cernadillo

And then suddenly, by kilometer 17.7, you are leaving town at this site, where the paved road narrows on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas.

Tramo Estrecho, Road Narrows at Bridge"Tramo Estrecho," Road Narrows at Bridge

This is a lovely little narrow paved road through the trees initially, then it becomes a wider, more open highway, as you see below, on the way to the next town of San Salvador de Palazuelo. The way to town is a bit of an uphill grade until kilometer 18.4, from the low point shown above. 

Continuing on the Avenida San Salvador Towards San Salvador de PalazueloContinuing on the Avenida San Salvador Towards San Salvador de Palazuelo

It is about one-and-a-quarter kilometers to town on this open paved road. Again, the first thing that you see as you enter town, is this lovely, little hermitage, the Ermita de San Salvador de Palazuelo. Arrive here at the Ermita by kilometer 18.9. There is an interesting wooden cross on the back wall, and a fountain at the corner of the building.

Ermita de San Salvador de PalazueloErmita de San Salvador de Palazuelo

At the Ermita, turn left to continue to town on the Avenida de San Salvador. In another 1/4 kilometer, come to the backside of the town church, the Iglesia Parroquial de San Salvador by kilometer 19.1. You can see the town placard to the pilgrim on the wall of the church. 

Iglesia de San Salvador de Palazuelo, Camino Sanabrés, Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñaIglesia de San Salvador de Palazuelo

Walk around to the left (south) side of the church, continuing onward on the Avenida de San Salvador. This church is incredibly quaint with its stone stairway up to the bell tower. I wanted to climb it and ring the bell, but alas, I refrained. 

Iglesia Parroquial de San Salvador de PalazueloIglesia Parroquial de San Salvador de Palazuelo
Walking Through San Salvador de PalazueloWalking Through San Salvador de Palazuelo

By about 19.5 kilometers into the day on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas, you have reached the western edge of town, and you turn back onto the open dirt lanes as you can see, below. Initially the Camino is downhill. 

In the distance, I saw the road climbing up a grade, and I wondered if this was the Way or not. It turned out that it was not. 

Not the Camino Path ~ Take HeartNot the Camino Path ~ Take Heart

Instead, in about 600 meters and 20 kilomters total, you drop down to a Y-intersection with a strong turn to the right. If you were to go to the right, this is the incline I could see in the photo above. I was grateful that we did not have to climb it in the hot afternoon. Instead, you keep going straight.

Straight On Avoiding Hill to the RightStraight On Avoiding Hill to the Right

Next, the road drops down to a drainage by kilometer 20.2 (this may be dry), before climbing up and out of the drainage again, shown in the photo below. It was quite hot now on this October afternoon, and we caught up to an Italian woman walking alone. We recalled passing her once before and couldn't figure out how she managed to get in front of us again. 

She soon ducked into the trees at the side of the road to rest in the shade, as she told us it was "too hot to be walking," as we smiled and walked on. We were too close to Entrepeñas to rest now. 

Steeper Grade BeginsSteeper Grade Begins

My Lesson of a Hiking Threshold

Whenever the going gets tough, Rich and I tend to kick it up a notch, just to get the tough part over with. This was the case in the afternoon of this day. I usually follow his lead. Sometimes I can keep up to his lengthy stride, and sometimes I cannot. After years of walking with him, I have learned to discern when I can push harder, and when I cannot. But this was not always so. My competitive nature needed a lesson. 

On a prior Camino, the San Salvador, with Rich as my walking buddy, I necessarily had reached a threshold, when I came to the personal understanding that I was unable to match his speed and endurance.

On our third, very long day on the San Salvador, with dramatic elevation changes, I actually hurt myself trying to keep up with him. At the end of the five-day Camino, I actually had to bail on our plans to continue onward via the Camino Primitivo because my knee tendonitis was too severe to go on. I greatly feared a permanent injury to my knees, so I had the prudence to stop.

Thank God I stopped because my knees were not normal for about six months afterward! After only five days of walking! I'm too old, yet too active to be ruining my knees in my early 60's.

As a result of the research I did to understand my injury, which I self-diagnosed as Pes Anserine tendonitis and bursa inflammation (on the inside of my knees), I serendipitously discovered teaching from another caminante on "Chi" walkingAfter reading more on the subject, I learned that I was striding too far and pulling through with my leg too hard in an attempt to keep up with Rich.

As a result of this deeper understanding of my tendency to pull too hard through my knees, I learned to shorten my stride and take shorter, quicker steps instead. This reduced the torque on my knees and worked like a charm! I haven't hurt myself since. Indeed, it was a wonderful threshold for me to cross!

Back on Day Four of the Camino Sanabrés, Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas

Just beyond the hill climb, at about kilometer 20.9, you think you are at the top of the hill but you are not. The climbing does ease off as you can see at this next intersection below. 

Not Quite at Top on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñasNot Quite at Top

Here is the remaining grade to go, much less steep now. 

Remaining Milder InclineRemaining Milder Incline

At approximately kilometer 21.2 cross the ZA-P-2639, a paved road, shown below. The lane ahead has more cover of the trees, 

Cross ZA-P-2639Cross ZA-P-2639

There are lovely shaded sections through these remaining kilometers of the day on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas. It was such a welcome relief. 

Treed Path, Camino Sanabrés, Rionegro del Puente to EntrepeñasTreed Path, Camino Sanabrés, Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas

And finally, in the distance, in a windy open area, you can see the paved road ahead, the Calle de Asturianos. This is a wonderful landmark, where you will know that Entrepeñas is only about one kilometer away. 

Paved Calle de Asturianos AheadPaved Calle de Asturianos Ahead

By about kilometer 21.8, the Camino reaches the paved, secondary road. Here is Rich posing for me at this intersection. Take a left turn here and head towards town.

Turn Left Onto the Calle AsturianosTurn Left Onto the Calle Asturianos

In only about 1/3 kilometer on the pavement, you see these three crosses, the Ermita de Entrepeñas and the sign for the town. 

Entering Entrepeñas at the ErmitaEntering Entrepeñas at the Ermita

It is at kilometer 22.3 when you come to the Ermita de Entrepeñas. This is a great place for a break. There are benches to sit and contemplate your journey and/or have a bite to eat.

We could see our two Spanish peregrinos taking a break there as we approached. As soon as we got near, they jumped up, grabbed their packs and hurried along to stay ahead of us. Ha ha. Such a common thing - the bed race ~ even on the Camino Sanabrés! They obviously didn't know we were staying here in Entrepeñas and were not in competition for the small Albergue de Peregrinos in Asturianos!

Ermita de EntrepeñasErmita de Entrepeñas

My competitive husband decided that he would mess with their brains and run fast to catch up to them to see what happened! Too funny. I decided to sit at the Ermita and wait for Norm and Nadine to catch up. They had fallen back a ways, and I was happy to sit in stillness for a while. 

By the Ermita is the town's pilgrim placard. These tributes are so very wonderful. Take the time to plug the words into a translator to absorb their meaning. The Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Zamora went to a lot of effort to place these in every town!

Entrepeñas Tribute to the Pilgrim PlacardEntrepeñas Tribute to the Pilgrim Placard

I had instructed Rich to wait for all of us at the town church, just a few meters onward, when he was finished with his "joke."

There are now two accommodations in Entrepeñas, both casa rurales. The new one is the Casa Rural Azul Sanabria and looks quite nice if you click on the link. 

The second one, the Casa Rural Las Peñas del Corredor (+34 676 653 466), I had made arrangements to meet the proprietress at the church.

Casa Rural Las Peñas del CorredorCasa Rural Las Peñas del Corredor

Dominga, "Domi," the owner of the Casa Rural Las Peñas del Corredor was very friendly and very kind. She is personable, likes to talk and will try all the words in any language she knows to try to communicate! Her demeanor definitely broke any barriers to our communication, for me with my Tarzan Spanish! 

There are absolutely no services in Entrepeñas, no café and no tienda in town. Instead, Domi will drive you to a café for dinner, or bring dinner to you. We opted for her to bring our dinner which was huge and delicious. We even had enough bread, tortilla and ham leftover for the next day's breakfast! 

She has a well-stocked kitchen, where you can purchase wine or beer, or you can buy a non-alcoholic beverage for a very reasonable price. An inexpensive continental breakfast can also. 

You can use her washing machine for a small extra amount and hang your clothes on the line upstairs off the balcony.  

Aside from the room rate and the dinner, all the money for extras and breakfast is collected via the honor system in the box in the kitchen. 

Domi has one double room with two single beds, one room with a double (matrimonio) bed and two rooms with a single bed in each. There is only one shower to share, but this was no problem for the five of us who stayed here. Our Danish friend Vim came along shortly after the four of us arrived. There is an additional powder room on the stairway that is also helpful.

There is a nice living/dining room where we could relax and where she brought our dinner. Surprisingly, there was no Wi-Fi in the home, but we had purchased cellular data and had plenty left that we could use. 

And Domi even took us on a tour of the town. Her family owns quite a bit of it and she knew the family history. Unfortunately, the village woman who had the key to the very old church was not available to let us in. However, Domi  showed us many things, including the old corredores. A corredor (direct translation is "corridor.") is the quaint overhanging second story balconies that you see everywhere. Peñas are the little mountains, from where they got the rocks for the slates for the roofs all over town. 

A Spiritual Symbol of a Threshold

And finally a symbol for the spiritual threshold, is the door. Entrepeñas is full of old buildings and old doors. Here is one of them, to represent the theme of this day four on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas. 

Old Red Door in EntrepeñasOld Red Door in Entrepeñas

Reflections on Day Four of the Camino Sanabrés, Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas

For me, on this day, I reached an important threshold. I knew that Rich and I were stronger walkers than our friend Nadine. The deeper understanding carried with it the knowledge that our Camino going forward would not be of our own design, but of a necessary design for the injured walker in the group. 

This is the necessary component of walking with anyone other than yourself on a long-distance walk. The group can walk each day as individuals and each finds his/her own pace, however, the group can only walk as far as the weakest member can walk. 

I was growing increasingly worried about Nadine's limp, which was not improving after three days. As the group walk planner, going forward, I could not create an itinerary that would further complicate the problem. I found myself re-creating our planned stages to attempt no more than 20-25 kilometer days. Fortunately, we had planned extra days to accommodate the unexpected. 

All we could do was wait and see what happened, because despite our best attempt to encourage Nadine to use a transport service for her pack, or sit out a day or two and take the bus to see if her right shin improved, she politely declined. She wanted to do a pilgrimage entirely on her own power. Her status quo of what was a "true pilgrim" was to predominate. 

I had to admit that I simply did not know what was to come. 


May your own day four on the Camino Sanabrés from Rionegro del Puente to Entrepeñas be filled with thresholds, calling you to be vulnerable, that  you may acknowledge that you simply do not know what is to come, that you surrender to something much bigger and more meaningful, even as it calls you away from familiar patterns and habits that have become much loved. Ultreia! 

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