Fr. Amado Picardal’s Trans-Mindanao Run/Hike

At 4:30 am, I was on the road for the last leg of my journey – 46 km to Iligan. I had to use my head lamp so that I can see clearly what’s in front of me. I felt dizzy, weak and tired. I had to walk slowly, keeping my balance, I felt like I was being tossed in a stormy sea. I took a lot of breaks. Then I saw a roadside eatery which was open and ordered breakfast – the first time I had breakfast during this journey. So no more fasting. The heavy breakfast did not improve my condition. I still felt weak. I began to suspect that my heart could not cope anymore with the stress of long-distance trek (I was diagnosed with having atheroscerosis and myocardial ischemia 3 years ago). I was all alone and no one could help me. I was worried that I might not be able to finish the journey and will have to take the bus.

I continued walking very slowly and praying for divine help. The line of the song crossed my mind: “You’ll never walk alone.” Yes, for 9 days, I have ran/hiked alone across Mindanao…  continue reading here

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