Invited by Mn. Eduard de Ribot, rector of the parish of Arbúcies, on the afternoon of Rams Sunday, March 28, eight young people from different towns in Girona are heading by van to Pallerols de Rialb, in the Noguera region. The intrepid adventurers are: Ignasi Vila, Jaume Vila, Lluís Vila, Xevi Vila, Pere Busquets, Josep Sellas, Xavi Porras and Josep Mª Panadés.
The adventure begins when shortly before reaching Pallerols and following the directions of Google Maps, they take a dirt road in very poor condition. They tell us this:
The road is getting more and more complicated and after an hour of painstaking progress we realize that we have taken the wrong path. The night is dark, fuel is scarce and finally the van stops. The situation is delicate. A phone call, and a motorized angel answering Ramon Camats' name is presented with a formidable 4x4. On a couple of trips, he takes us to the Pallerols refuge, while the van moves cautiously.
There, we finally meet with Mn. Eduard and Félix Sáez.
Holy Monday (March 29)
At night in the refuge we can sleep quite well despite the concert of different tones from the snores of some of our friends. We have breakfast and go out to Les Masies de Nargó, from where we start walking towards the beautiful place of Fenollet. At a good pace and with a better spirit, we arrived at our destination around noon, after three hours of pilgrimage.
There, Ramon picks us up with the cars and we return to the refuge, where we taste some macaroni prepared by Félix's mother, for whom the qualifiers of delicious and exquisite are definitely short.
After the gratifying digestion, Ramon presents us with one detailed guided tour of the church of Pallerols and the rectory where Saint Josemaría Escrivá and those who accompanied him spent the night on their way to Andorra during the Spanish Civil War. We complete the visit with an accomplished documentary of the aforementioned exile of the saint. Then we hear Mass in the same church.