When things are going badly, as sometimes happens; when the path appears uphill; when your resources are weakened and doubts emerge; when, smiling, you have to choke back tears; when worries weigh you down- rest, if you need to, but don’t give up. Life is strange with its comings and goings; where contradictions are our daily bread. So, if defeat comes knocking at your door and invites you to backward-looking, do not let it in. Fight it off. Keep looking to the future, don’t give in. Triumph may be just around the corner. Triumph is defeat in reverse. It is the silver lining in every cloud which never lets you see how near it is, even when you have it a hand’s grasp away. That’s why you must decide to fight without respite. Because in truth, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. – Parish Priest, August Losado Lopez
The 18 km stretch over the Maseta from Carrion to Calzadilla is an absolutely flat, lonely, and unshaded landscape that is a real challenge to the body and soul. It seems to go on forever and it seemed to me that Pilgrims kept to themselves just to focus on getting over this stretch. There was one “pop up” bar that I encountered on this stretch and it was nice to be able to rest and get something to eat. After arriving in the town of Calzadilla and resting, I made my final 1.5 hour trek to a small town I had selected called Ledigos. When I arrived in Ledigos, I was not sure I made the right decision as it is a very small, barren town. However, much to my surprise, the Albergue where I am staying is absolutely wonderful! It is one of the nicest ones I have stayed in. I will get a good night’s sleep and see what tomorrow brings.