Out of Leon

We left the parador in Leon with full happy tummies. When you think of a hotel breakfast, you can’t apply that here. Fresh squeezed kiwi and orange juice. I ate mostly fruits, they had so many to choice from. They even had nuts and dried fruit. And the bread and pastries, ok maybe I had a few pastries. And cold milk, here milk is different, it comes in a box, maybe a quart size but like a big juice box, and it’s not refrigerated. They sell them singularly or as a six pack. Al asked for a glass of mike somewhere along the road and they gave him hot milk, yuk! Anyway I got a big glass of cold milk, the first I’ve had since I left home. Al snuck about half of it but I got a good bit. 
Believe it or not we walked so fast this morning, first we slept until 7:30 and didn’t even get on the road until 9:30. After that, we made great time. The first 10 km in just 2 hours. I told Al he needs to feed me like that every day. Normally it’s just a granola bar and water. Starvation diet! He keeps going on about putting new holes in his belt to keep his pants up, ha! 
We passed through La Virgen Del Camino, this town seems to be devoted to the Virgin Mary, museums and statues everywhere. 
Then San Miguel. We have been drinking San Miguel beer all over Spain, but you think we could find some there, no. 
We then walked into San Martin del Camino around 3 something, and this is where we spent the night. That’s 26km in 5 hours,
people.
AL’s brother, Brian who is tracking us, tells us that so far he thinks we have completed 64% of the Camino. Which means we have walked over 300 miles! Or 485km! To put all that into perspective we have walked the State of CT, 2.5 times! We have roughly 175 miles left to go, or 280 km. 
Santiago will not be the end of the road for us, the road literally ends at Finisterri. We want to add on another 90km to go all the way to Finisterri. Finis terra was at one time thought to be the western most part of the then known world. To do this we have had to add 3 more days to our walking schedule. We have added 2 days so far by walking a little extra most days to jump ahead. Our guidebook had a whole plan written out to do the Camino in 30 days, maps are written out and places to stay suggested. We have to complete it in 27. We have finished a page and continued halfway up into the next days walking which actually helps finding a place to stay at night. Just about everyone here has the Brierley guide, so it can be a scramble to find a place at night. If we are all on the same page, starting in the same place, there are not 300 beds in any of these towns, thank goodness some people only walk 10-15km a day.
It has gotten better at finding a place. Some of the people we started with, we don’t see anymore. Some only have a week or so to walk and some people have gotten hurt. Also we have been walking the part that a lot of people skip, they say its the boring part. We have actually caught up with some people who took the bus or train. I know that yesterday I hadn’t really taken as many pics. Today I think I only took 7 photos. Some may think that the Meseta area is boring, but there was so much beauty there, a stark beauty, but beauty non the less.
Any way, tomorrow another big town, Astorga.
Until then,
Be well.

I asked some person to take our pic leaving the Parador.

I asked some person to take our pic leaving the Parador.

Leaving the city, another foot bridge,  up and over

Leaving the city, another foot bridge, up and over

This was our senda today, cement

This was our senda today, cement

In Virgen, these are made out of skinny slices of slate

In Virgen, these are made out of skinny slices of slate

More hobbit houses, someone said they are for wine storage, I saw those kind, I think these are something different

More hobbit houses, someone said they are for wine storage, I saw those kind, I think these are something different

A small church

A small church

Al on the senda

Al on the senda

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s