May 16, 2007

5/16/07 Sahagun Spain

"There is no destination to which I am rushing.
There is only this earth that I touch in many ways.
Nancy Louise Frey - PILGRIM STORIES

The girls had the idea that we should treat ourselves to a 'real bed' in a hostel (what Americans would call a hotel). That way, with beds reserved, we could take our time and enjoy the walk to Sahagun.

A quiet walk this morning

So, as you can imagine, we were practically the last ones out of the albergue. We stopped off at the bar first thing to get some hot cocoa. And we proceeded to stop at every pueblo along the way. And at San Nicolas I even had a big lunch even though we had eight more kilometers to go.

Henrietta walks ahead

A beautiful day to be out. Another day of taking pictures of wild flowers along the Camino. The cold was swept away by the hot sunshine.

And it is getting hotter

Red in Yellow

The highlight of the day came about when we found in the middle of no where, a pilgrim rest area. Someone had set up an area in the shade, complete with coffee, tea, soft drinks, fruit and snack-bars just for the pilgrims. There was a donation box, but the signs said it was all being given freely. Trail Angels even here on the Camino.

Treats from angels

A tractor rolls by as the girls get some lunch

Hobbit-like bodega

Walking into Sahagun

When we finally rolled into Sahagun, we were pretty much roasted, just a little too much sun. The hostel was a bit expensive, even split 3 ways, but it was a palace compared to the refugios. Not sure I'd do it again, but it's nice to pamper yourself every once in a while. And what the heck, I'm sharing the room with two wonderful women.

Spent time at the pharmacist trying to doctor up my feet. Still using the sandals because the shoes still hurt too much. We might have to walk 30km (19 miles) tomorrow, so my feet need to be ready, just in case.

Outside the refugio

Church of San Lorenzo