Walking to Casar de Cáceres – Chapter 48

We are walking to Casar de Cáceres — about 7 miles so that we can complete the difficult leg to Cañaveral tomorrow.

We pass the Inglesia de Santiago, following the Camino.

I read Chapter 48 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell:

“In pursuit of knowledge,
every day something is added.”

We approach the northern edge of Cáceres.

“In the practice of the Tao,
every day something is dropped.”

This sign shows where the Camino goes — but it seems to indicate that the Camino goes up a hill after progressing along the road.

“Less and less do you need to force things,

until finally you arrive at non-action.

When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.”

We encountered the traffic circle and found a place where a trail went up a hill but there were no arrows indicating the trail was the Via de la Plata.  We stayed on the road but did not find any arrows there either. After walking a half mile, we left the road, taking a path west with the hope of catching Camino which we thought must be parallel to the road.

We followed a path but could not find the Camino — so we assumed it had never left the main road. The sign was misleading.

Eventually we returned to the road since our map indicated that the trail was parallel to the road and that the road went to Casar de Cáceres. We saw no arrows along the road but there were many other hikers walking on the road and they seemed unconcerned — except that it was unpleasant walking.

“True mastery can be gained
by letting things go their own way.
It can’t be gained by interfering.”

Eventually we encountered a sign and a path with arrows that ran parallel to the road — which took us to Casar de Cáceres.

In town, we visited the Museo del Queso (Museum of Cheese) – where we ran into an American hiker, Carolyn, the first American that we have seen on the Camino.

We saw videos and exhibits about the local sheep cheese.

They make it by hand and had exhibits of the equipment they used.,

We returned to our apartment (which has a kitchen). I fixed a feast with local stuff – main dish (chicken, asparagus, eggplant, tomatoes, special seasoning), Chinese salad, hornada (pastry with chocolate inside), strawberries, beer, chocolate, Cuban coffee, cookies, orange (we couldn’t eat it all!)

We saw the church — don’t be fooled by complexity. Remember LaoTsu’s words: the Inner Way is not a matter of “doing.” The Inner Way is “non-doing.”

The simple way is best.

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