“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”Friedrich Nietzsche
In the blog after this, an extraordinary Spanish memory by a beautiful 91 year old lady Visitacion, in a chance encounter… By way of introduction, how lesser memories play havoc with 3 lesser beings! (Aye, us.)
Starting off with some notes on the road. Listen to El Super O giving a cycling update, somewhere in the hills of Galicia:
Viaxeiro, que vés de lonxeWords by Celso Emilio Ferreiro; Luis Emilio Batallan‘s song ‘Viaxeiro’
e vas de paso….
Repudio as inxusticias
i a liberdá procramo
Eddie and I felt we had just cause to confront the Great Organizer. Liam, however, remembers conversations and agreements Eddie and I had seemingly, conveniently, misrecollected:
It’s not all talk. This was about the third time we’d cycled up the equivalent of a Munro:
That tête-a-tête seemed to have cleared the air. But, the very next day, a slight mistake of mine (which admittedly added about 10k to our journey to re-collect a forgotten item) inspired the Whistlin’ Duco to
For those who wish to ponder such profound verses, here they ur….
Lament for a Lost Violin.
See ma pals?After Margaret Hamilton’s Lament for a Lost Dinner Ticket.
See ma violin?
I pit it in ma room
And they cycled oot a toon.
See they hills we didnae waant tae climb?
Ah said, ‘fancy goin back doon, lads, and dain them
wan mair time?
Eddie said, “Qué pasó, macho?”
It’s ma fiddle and ma bow.
Ah pit it in ma room
And youz cycled oot a toon.
Liam said, “Ye left your fiddle in Ourense?
Chris, have you NAE common sense? Eh?”
You pit it in your room an’
WE cycled oot a toon?”
Frae now oan, Chris, you cycle in the middle!
So at least wan of us can clock it
If you huvnae goat yir fiddle!”
Unfortunately, the instrument was recovered, so the world must suffer again:
In my defence, it’s hard to keep a tune when you’re feart of slipping on wet tiles and falling, oh, a couple of hundred feet… And geez, ain’t everyone and their dug a critic:
Coming out of the Spanish Celtic lands we met some fellow Celts. The Power brothers and friend from Co Cork. On their way to Santiago, on mountain bikes, off road, they were covering as many miles – from Seville to Santiago – as we were, in less than half the time. Show offs. More from Dan and his pals and family to come….
And so, finally, we leave Galicia, where it all started for me. Also where the three of us first cycled together. Beautiful country, fantastic people, music, food and roads. We’ll be back, Galicia.
Below, Liam’s map. Where we’ve got to – slowly by the Powers boys’ standards. But they ain’t carrying laptops and camera equipment, fiddles and ukes, and the weight of the world’s problems on their backs…
The final note from Galicia’s great poet, Rosalia
Adiós, ríos; adios, fontes;Rosalia de Castro (From ‘Goodbye rivers, Goodbye Fountains’)
adios, regatos pequenos;
adios, vista dos meus ollos:
non sei cando nos veremos.
Miña terra, miña terra
We’ll post the next blog very soon. Get ready to meet Visitacion Lastre and her memories of 1936, and our new friends Maria and Angel, and the poetry of Leon and Castile. Hasta pronto, amigos.