End of day 3 – Mountains – what goes down, must go up!

End of day 3 – Mountains – what goes down, must go up!

I thought I would share a brief post this evening.  Unfortunately no pictures, have lots on my camera but with some wifi issues cannot get to my iPad.

Three very interesting days, night in Orrison France, night in Espinal Spain and this evening in Zubiri Spain.

First day was 10 km, ALL UP HILL ( or MOUNTAIN).  Have not experienced that type of severe slope in my life.   I usually walk 10 k in under 2 hours, this took me nearly 4.5 hours.  Granted I was carrying my back pack ( approximately 15lbs).

Second day, over the Pyrenees.   I don’t know what was more challenging the climb or the descent.   I can now legitimately say I have had my head in the clouds! Well my whole body.  Since I was there I decided to have word with God – nothing to report at this time.  I put in 31km this day.   Decided to go through Roncesvalles Spain to Espinal.   This is when I realized there is no flat ground on this part of the Camino.   So I began to tell myself what goes up, goes down and what goes down must go up.

Third day, what goes down must go up.   This happened over and over again.   The first two days I was focussed survival and getting to my destination safely.   Today, I started to feel settled in, note not comfortable- not sure that applies for Camino.

Thank you for your prayers and support.  I am humbled by your kind words and the prayer requests you have shared with me.  Please know I take to heart and share with Our Lady and Our Lord.

God bless.

Lets us continue to prayer together.

Buen Camino



About the Author:

Ordained Deacon in 2006 for the Diocese of Hamilton, Canada. Married to Joanne (since 1982). A father, grandfather and a retired business professional.


  1. J. Moss August 9, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks for the post. I appreciate it. It is certainly entertaining. The only thing that comes to my mind is that 10 KM in 4 1/2 hours must have seen like you were going backwards sometimes.

    Peace be with you and God’s blessings.

  2. Sandra August 10, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Hello Deacon Randy,
    I thought I would check out your website. See you are on the journey. Hope all is well. I am praying for you.

    Sandra Allemano

  3. Wanda Risso August 12, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Godspeed, Deacon Randy (especially on those hills!). May you find your journey as fulfilling as you have hoped it to be.

    (St. Gabriel’s parish)

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