MARY Markstrom and Chris Farquharson are well on their way on their epic 285km Camino de Santiago walk in aid of El Capricho.
Wednesday May 31
A special day for the couple as they celebrated Mary’s birthday.
After waking up to a birthday telephone call from Mary’s grandchildren in Australia, Mary and Chris pulled on their boots and got straight back on track… walking from Villamayor de Monjardin to Sansol.
The route covered mostly uneven, stony paths and they had to bandage their blisters when they checked in to the hostel in Sansol that evening.
The couple rounded off the day with a ‘lovely birthday dinner’ at a local Italian restaurant before calling it a night ready for another early start.
Thursday June 1
Covering 21 kilometres from Sansol to Lagrona, Mary and Chris crossed from Navara to La Rioja, enjoying a blissful walk through the vineyards.
They were even serenaded en route by Juan and Maria (see photo) with the ‘Music of the Mountains’, which Mary said ‘gave their sore feet a lift’ as the music floated over the grapevines.
Saturday June 3
Well and truly in the wine region, now – Mary and Chris covered another 16 kilometres from Naverrete to Najera through the vineyards.
The couple stopped and spoke to the local wine farmers who explained that the vines have suffered from an early frost, meaning next year’s wine production will be lower.
Sunday June 4
Leaving Najera and stomping out an impressive 14 kilometres in the pouring rain, Mary and Chris were more than relieved to arrive at their hostel in Ciruena that evening.
After changing into some dry clothes, the couple enjoyed a communal meal with others from the albergue (Spanish word for hostel).
Mary and Chris have set themselves a target of €1,000 sponsorship which they hope to raise in aid of the Animal Protection Association ‘El Capricho’ in the northern area of the province of Granada to help fund to the vaccination, neutering and feeding of homeless dogs.
If you’d like to sponsor them, check out their JustGiving page here.