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My plan was to spend a day and a half walking to St Davids, visit the Cathedral and the site of the Shrine, and then get the bus back here before rejoining the Cistercian Way.
I set off this morning thinking I would camp near Newgale. The weather forecast was good and I was walking in sun.
The sun has stayed for the day, the problem was that a gale blew up. After three hours I got to the coast. The winds were throwing me around as they caught my pack. I looked again at the weather forecast – it now said 40mph winds overnight. Camping was out of the question. I.thought about going on to St Davids YHA but I was being thrown around by the wind as it caught my pack. I decided it was best to turn round back to the cottage I have been staying in (thanks Rachel and Simon; a real shelter from the storm). A conversation with a farmer confirmed the wisdom of going inland. So, six hours walking and I am back where I started! You cannot take on some sorts of weather.
So, tomorrow I will travel by bus for a day trip to St Davids and then to Whitland.
I hope this is not tempting fate, but my feet and body are holding up well. Bit sore and achey, so no complaints!
Just after I had turned back, a small bus passed me and stopped. The driver was very helpful and very upset that I didn’t want a ride. Even if I had been tempted, he wasn’t going anywhere helpful to me.
This first section of the Pilgrimage has been – on paper – a bit loopy and squiggly as I make an excursion to St Davids. I remembered as I walked my two favourite books on the Camino de Santiago: Roads to Santiago / The Road to Santiago by Walter Starkie / Cees Nooteboom. They are books that will enlarge and open your heart and spirit. Neither of them go in a straight line. And neither of them walk all the way.
If Wales and her weather permit, I will walk most of the way back round to Penrhys. But, most importantly, I can feel my heart and soul opening and softening.
prayers for you
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