Vilavella- Chapter 81


We walk to Vilavella, a hike that requires a major climb (over 1000 feet to reach an elevation of 3200 feet) — then a decent. We begin by passing the Sanctuario de la Tuiza.

The church was built in the 18 century. We descend through wet terrain.

I read Chapter 81 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell:

“True words aren’t eloquent;
eloquent words aren’t true.”


The climb is strenuous. Steam comes off Karen’s shoulders in the crisp mountain air.


The bumble bee flies from flower to flower — never resting.

“Wise men don’t need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren’t wise.”


We continue climbing.



“The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others,
the happier he is.”


We enter Galicia.

“The more he gives to others,
the wealthier he is.”



We meet meet some Spanish hikers.



We are at the highest elevation of today’s hike. We are looking into Galicia, standing close to the boundary.




We look at the map (Vilavella is not on this map.) Tomorrow we plan to arrive in A Gudiña. We will take the northern route through Laza. Within the week, we will arrive in Ourense. We will be in Santiago in a few weeks.

“The Tao nourishes by not forcing.
By not dominating, the Master leads.”

We descend towards Vilavella.

Happiness is forgeting  yourself.

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