I woke up this morning after the best sleep ever. I pulled my earplugs and instantly heard the loud rumbling of a snore from the man sleeping in the bunk next to me. Gosh I must have either been really tired or my cheap earplugs were great. We enjoyed our cereal and left by 7am. It was cool and misty, just how we like the morning walks.
It’s amazing just how refreshed I felt just from a good night sleep. I was much more positive and motivated than yesterday which meant my pace was much better. Most of the day was spent walking up and down hill and admiring some spectacular views. A few hours in we had Alison catch up to us. It was great having extra company as it meant time absolute flew flew. By 1pm my stomach was grumbling and thankfully we’d reached both the 20km mark and a picnic bench. As soon as we sat down, we were joined by a two Canadians, a German, an American and another Australian. This was a perfect example of what the Camino is all about.
We all finished lunch at about the same time so started walking together. Not long after we started walking, we were joined by another three pilgrims. This then turned out to be a large group walking together. Everyone was walking pretty fast which sort of stressed me out because it was way faster than my usual pace. So Jason and I dropped back and let everyone pass which put me right at ease.
The sun was out but it was still a bit cloudy which made it perfectly warm for hiking. About 5km from our final town, we were stopped in our tracks by a herd of cows on the road. We looked up to find about 50 cows grazing on a hill suddenly galloping like horses toward their owner as he called for them. Once they were all out the gate, they were shepherded quickly to the milking station where we could no longer see them. It was amazing for us to see just how well trained this herd of cows actually was.
When we arrived in town, the Albergue was wide open but reception wasn’t going to open till 7pm, so we picked our beds upstairs and once again got into our usual routine of showering, making lunches and writing our journals. We expected to be really antisocial this evening but ended up having a lovely dinner with the pilgrims we had lunch with.
Total cost for today
– Breakfast: €1 Cereal
– Lunch: €2 Ham and cheese baguette
– Dinner: €12 Pilgrims menu
– Snacks: €2 Chocolate and lollies
– Accommodation: €6
Total cost per person: €23
Til next time
Ann & Jason xo