An early start from Murias de Rechivaldo today as we have a big climb ahead of us. Stayed at a lovely alburgue where we met up with Janine & Roland. Roland spent the evening convincing David I was a lady worth taking to Paris, so guess what we are going to spend 2 nights in Paris Yay!!!
Are we pilgrims yet? Interesting question, yes we can walk 25-30 km a day but is our journey over.....? I don't think so. The Camino is for most a journey of self discovery...a time to reflect and contemplate life and the Meseta is the perfect place to look inwards......8 days of flat straight roads. Is your life everything in could be? Are you living true to your self? Are you acting your highest purpose?
We have made it to Leon, checked In to a private hostel with our own room, and we are taking a nana day. We have been pushing solid for three weeks now so we are taking one day tomorrow to sleep in give our bodies a day off from walking and relax as we are heading back into the mountains in the next couple of days. So tonight it looks like fine wine and song with Tanya Stewart-Plane and Tim Barton buen camino, p.s. will post some photo of Leon soon.
Smashed out 27k today boring walk, Tanya Stewart-Plane blisters gave her some curry but we made good time and she is fine. Had a great time yesterday, Reen Gallagher and I played to another crowd. I estimate, unofficially about 50 but Tanya reasons more like 8-10 it's a grey area. Anyway, everybody seems to only know the chorus to hallelujah but that was ok, then the requests start coming in and we ended up playing a bit of a Beatles revival. The two hospital deros (auto spell) these guys were lovely and they look after the accom. Well they made two massive paellas and provided grace in all languages for the pilgrims who attended. Tanya read out the English translation, then all countries had to sing a song from their homeland. Reen Gallagher Tanya Stewart-Plane and I did a stirring rendition of Waltzing Matilda. It was a memorable night on the Camino.
Another easy 21k'er today but we did find evidence of hobbits or as I call them in Spanish ewoks, hence the need for the staff to club them when they attack your knees. We saw another case of ewok attack on a fellow Aussies(Bill) , he now is busing it to Leon, I won't let it happen to us. Check out the photo of their homes. We are staying in this really old building which is really cool. Reen Gallagher is with us again so I'm thinking it will be another mandolin/uke night. No injuries all is good. Until tomorrow buen camino
A night to remember. A great sing along to a capacity crowd, David on the Uke, Rheen on the Mandolin and the amazing Martina singing like an angel. Tonight was the most memorable night on the Camino made so by 2 lovely brothers who's passion is making peregrinos feel warm and welcomed with their hospitality, paella and a group sing along.
How much I have changed. So much time to reflect .....the road we walked today is over two thousand years old. How many pilgrims have walked this path. A path that is suppose to rid you of your sins.
Another 26k done and dusted. No photos because the landscape is flat with no trees and just grass...boring that's why we did it in 5 hours. We were super fat today because of Tanya's delicious and nutritious chicken, broccoli, corn and bacon soup, not to forget bread WITH BUTTER, (butter is lacking in Spain and Tanya is blowing budget with buying a tub per day and using two tablespoons. She just offered for me to carry the tubs, little does she understand , is that I'm doin this to loose the tubs!!
Until tomorrow its Beer time adios buen camino.
One notable mention that I left out is that..... WE ARE HALF WAY! That's right travelled 379 k and 379k to go. Meagan Daffey and Erin Cupper you so owe me money!
OMG! We are half way!!. Im going to be upfront here....I didn't think I would make it. For all my bravado
I did not truly believe I could do this. Here I am at the half way point. So I say to all you couch potatoes out there if I can do it you can do it!. And I don't just mean walking the Camino. Whatever it is you want to do in life, pull out your big girl panties and do something towards making it happen. When David and I started training for the Camino I could walk about 3km and then start to whinge about the pain, within a month I was walking 5km everyday 10km on Saturdays & Sundays. Yes it was hard sometimes, yes it was laborious and boring (Hamilton Island is a small island) but we did it .......and look at us now 379km done and dusted. Its down hill from here...oh god I wish it was....in reality it's mainly uphill but hey I HAVE JUST WALKED 397KM,...... In Estelle's words ......I CAN DO ANYTHING!!!