Mark has reached El Cebreiro in Galicia. He is 150 kms or one week away from Santiago de Compostela. After weeks of walking he feels fit and healthy and keen to walk the remaining distance.
Mark reaches one of the harder walking days of the Camino, rising from 600 to 1300 metres over 10 kms. He marvels at the scenery, the crystal clear streams and ancient forests.
Mark discovers his still camera is not working properly and nearly misplaces a video tape. It makes him realize how important the completion of this film is to him. He finds a mountain stream to cool off in, makes a really bad Jesus quote and tries to play his tin whistle.
Mark arrives at the Knights Templar’s Castle in Ponferrada. Mark was fascinated with the mysticism of this ancient order, but has found walking the way has taught him a spiritual belief does not require membership to some exclusive order.
Mark reaches Cruz de Ferro, a mountain top Cairn that’s history dates back to Celtic times. The tradition is to carry rocks on the day of your journey, imagine the rocks as problems in your life, then throw these rocks onto the Cairn, thus releasing the problems from your life.
As Mark prepares for the climb into the mountains, he contemplates the mental and physical suffering of his camino journey, and whether it is leading to some purification before arrival at Santiago de Compostela.
Mark reaches Hospital de Orbigo and at the Passo Honroso (the Honourable Pass) re-enacts medieval jousting with a fellow (giant) pilgrim. Mark also tells the story of Knight Don Suero de Quiñones.
On the camino our perspective of time changes. we seem to fit more into a day. Mark injures his shin, which slows his progress. He remembers that St James had a special place in his catholic upbringing.
Pilar, a fellow pilgrim, explains the three stages of the camino; the physical, the mental and the spiritual.
Camino Miracles. Mark meets an American Professor who tells him how after 40 years of no contact with his estranged daughter, on reaching Santiago he receives an email from her and meets her children for the first time.