Dedication, what does it mean for you? It probably means something different for everyone. Today I became aware of dedication in two ways.
It wasn’t so much getting up before sunrise nor the idea of walking 24 km. Though, I did pass the “518 km” to Santiago in Agés. Then, about 5 km before my stop for the day, I sat down at a park bench. Lefty, that’s the name I have given my left foot, has been shouting at me for the past 10 km. I untied my hiking shoe and carefully removed it, then ever so slowly the sock came off. There, looking me straight in the eye, was a huge blister … it grew. Now, I know, you will say, “Why don’t you use mole skin?” I did. I used both moleskin and K-Tape. The “new” blister formed right beside the moleskin and K-Tape where there was a tint bit of skin visible. It looked angry, the old blister that is, the new blister was a long for the ride. And the blister on Lefty’s pinky toe was not looking good at all.
I got the emergency kit from my day pack and laid all the necessary “tools and instruments” on the park table. Out came the safety pin to release the pressure … it almost look like Old Faithful has taken residence on Lefty. Well, I doctored the other two blisters as well. Then I soothed them with some foot cream. The Moleskin was carefully cut and K-Tape was used to hold the @$# Moleskin in place. (A word of advice, Moleskin doesn’t work that great; however, K-tape worked much better all by itself.)
After I rested for a few more minutes, I put the sock back on, then the shoe, and slowly hobbled into Burgos.
Once I arrived at my hotel it was time for some more “doctoring.” After some more draining, and Epson Salt soak, and Gold Bond cream Lefty felt a lot better.
After a rest, I went to grab something to eat and visited the Cathedral – Catedral de Santa María XIIIth. The Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was amazing to see the Craftsmanship that went into the construction of this magnificent site. I couldn’t help but wonder what the people working on this must have felt … I am sure it took a great deal of dedication.
And so the day …
Came to an end quite early for me. I did run into an Australian couple I met a few days ago. It was great to chat with them. There other interesting sites to see in Burgos, though Lefty did not give me that luxury.
I grabbed a burger and fries for dinner, went to the hotel, and Lefty took a long needed rest …
As I reflect on the Journey to Burgos I do realize that the Journey of Life has a lot to do with being DEDICATED … both staying on the course and giving your best service.
This blog entry was originally written on September 26, 2017. Now, after reflection and editing to the pictures, I have rewritten the experience of the day.