Day 17, past the half way point.

I know, I know, they are just so beautiful.

I know, I know, they are just so beautiful.

We left our little albergue in Calzada del Cota in the dark. What was nice about being alone is that we didn’t have to worry about disturbing others with rolling up our bags or all the things we do in the morning.
We continued to walk along the road, 5.4km until the first town, Bercianos del Real Camino. What’s funny is that there seems to be a little feud going on with real verses new camino. When I have said we diverted from the book, we are actually sticking to the”real” Camino. The downside is that it is a super highway now, in this part of the country anyway, so we walk beside it, or at least in the vicinity of it. Not so fun.
Another 7.6 km we made it to El Burgo Ranero, and we met up with Avril again. We have seen various people again and again, almost daily, some people we don’t see for days, and you wonder what happened to them. As an aside, we are horrible at names, maybe you already know this, and we call people by their country, as in, where did Germany go?What has been nice and kinda weird about meeting people on this trip is that when you see people you have met before, maybe a few days later, it’s like seeing long lost friends. I don’t know if its like making a connection when people share a traumatic situation, because nothing traumatic going on, yes life changing for some. 
There are a lot of people on the Camino who are walking it for fun, adventure, finding the spark in life they somehow lost, atonement, all sorts of things. We have been asked to share our reason why like its this big personal secret. Then other people at the table share their reason. We have heard ourselves referred to as, well they watched that movie, that’s why they are here. Well we are here yes because we saw the movie, but it is more then that. Some of you have also seen the movie, but you didn’t want to go. I have always wanted to learn Spanish, Spain has always fascinated me, it’s a surprising cheap vacation, my fantastic husband went along with it. 
So we are here for fun, adventure, love of life, commitment to each other, a desire to be alone again, we haven’t been for some time. We start each day with prayer, giving thanks for all of you who are supporting us, some have really gone above and beyond to take care of our kids or animals. This trip took a lot of planning, but we are loving it. Will it be life changing for us, I hope so, I am always trying to improve, I know I am not as good as I wished I was. Life sometimes creeps up on us and years slip past and all of a sudden your 50 or 60. Life is to short not to take a chance once in awhile. So we are here because I saw a movie and said to Al, ” hey, you want to go to Spain? And he said, ” we’ll if you want to” 
Sorry, rambling again, back to the camino, anyway we walked a total of 26km today and ended up in Reliegos. We stayed at a private albergue, no wifi again! They did have a kitchen though and we made our own dinner. It was a pretty good night.
Tomorrow we head to Leon.
Until then, Be well.

I turned around again, jaw dropped. Sunrise always behind us.

I turned around again, jaw dropped. Sunrise always behind us.

El Burgo Ranero

El Burgo Ranero

You see crosses like this when you enter a town

You see crosses like this when you enter a town

I have no idea what this is.

I have no idea what this is.

This is what the road into town looked like, cement with an inset on rocks, kinds pretty, not too bad to walk on.

This is what the road into town looked like, cement with an inset on rocks, kinds pretty, not too bad to walk on.

This is the path today, looks a lot like yesterday.

This is the path today, looks a lot like yesterday.

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