We have made it to Pamplona- the city of Hemingway and the running of the bulls. To be truthful, we feel like the bulls have run us over. Day one we crossed the pyrenees mountains, which was by far the hardest thing each of us has ever done (other than childbirth for Cathy, but that is a different category all together). Crossing this mountain was 25km and 6 hours of uphill climbing in the cold rain. Our legs were burning and hearts beating out of our chests. Every time we came across another incline, we looked at each other in disbelief, but pushed on anyways, determined to conquer it. As the saying goes, what goes up, must come down- so on we went to over two hours of decending straight down. It was ankle deep mud over slippery rocks and unfortunately Macy slipped and took a tumble, injuring her knee on the way down. It was a cold, windy, miserable day- but we did it!
While we were crossing I (Cathy) kept thinking "just take it a step at a time ". You can't look at the mountain or you will be overwhelmed. You can only conquer it a step at a time. That got me thinking of our "just one" camapaign, where we challenged people to attack the huge problem of human trafficking one action at a time, one girl at a time. If you haven't checked out the "just one" campaign, I encourage you to. You will find it on our home page. I crossed that mountain one step at a time and we will make a difference in human trafficking one action at a time, one girl at a time.
The next two days were a dream compared to the mountain we faced, but nonetheless, still challenging. We faced rough terrain and various ups and downs with our tired, sore bodies and Macy's hurting knee. We've been hearing stories of people in their 80's and even 90's who have done the Camino and we are utterly inspired. It's safe to say we underestimated the challenges the Camino would bring, but we are confident our bodies will rise to the challenge and we will only grow stronger every day.
Cathy + Macy