The chronicles of the author of Las Cruces cross Spain in a new book
AUTHOR JOHN W. PEARSON
By Mike Cook
Las Cruces author John W. Pearson has self-published a new book which is now available as a paperback (at amazon.com) and e-book.
“The Windward Path: Embracing Life Walking the Camino de Santiago” recounts Pearson’s “500 mile pilgrimage on the Via Frances of the Camino de Santiago in Spain in September 2015,” said the author.
“The trek lasted 31 days and followed the 1000 year old path from the Pyrenees to the border of Spain with France through northern Spain and to the Cathedral of Saint-Jacques-de- Compostela to the west, ”Pearson said. “During the month I met wonderful people from all over the world in the Spanish countryside steeped in medieval history. The book gives a daily account of my trip and includes some photographs that I took.
Pearson’s trip was long before Covid-19, which led him to “wonder how this pandemic will affect this pilgrimage route in the future, even if the route was no stranger to the plagues of the Middle Ages.”
Pearson recently retired from NASA-White Sands Test Facility, where he worked as a senior hydrogeologist for 23 years. This is his first published book.
Here are some quotes from Pearson’s book:
“The trail led me through old farms with olive groves and vineyards. It was close to harvest, so the vines contained huge bunches of purple and pale green grapes. The towns appeared in the distance and would first be recognized by the steeple of their church towering above the horizon. Then the stone walls and red roofs of the shorter buildings appeared. One town, Cirauqui, was particularly striking and occupied the crest of a hill. Its stone buildings with tiled roofs were usually only several stories high, at most, so that they did not disturb the rolling hillsides. Olive groves and vineyards rose to the outskirts of the city on all sides.
“At 5.30 pm, I stumbled upon Villamayor de Monjardin quite exhausted, hungry and dehydrated. I could barely get over the stone steps to the road and to the Dutch albergue, which had a large sign posted up front, “Completo,” full. My ankles and knees were stiff and searing. The hospitalero met me in front, expressed his regrets and told me that they had filled up a bit earlier and had since welcomed other walkers who would sleep on the floor. Now they had no room at all.
“In the morning, someone’s alarm went off at 5:15 am Nobody got up. The snoring resumed, but I was awake. A booming Spaniard would later describe the evening as “a night full of lions.” At 6:00 a.m. there was a lot of movement and people started packing, unpacking and rearranging their gear, all in the dark as one of the lions was still sleeping. At 6.30am someone said something in German and the lights came on.
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