And so it is with the Meseta . Can’t believe it but it’s growing on me . Covered 25k today – didn’t notice it passing . 3 splinter groups joined up and songs started – thought we were the only musical ones !
Ken from the Sydney School of Performing Arts 🎭 – what a voice ! His “Stand by Me” 🎶 as we marched was another Camino moment. ( A Good One Ken !)
A Day that starts like this can’t be bad …
Through villages like San Nicholas Del Real Camino . With welcoming cafes.. open early to supply the fuel Spain runs on . Strong and Black ☕️ – with fresh Tortilla. It’s a real habit now !
And Cross into Castilla y Leon . The way runs alongside the Autovia for a mile .I got a few looks as the signs to Leon started to appear as it’s my jumping off point . We’ve all agreed to block it from our minds xx
Into Sahagun – no longer cold now ! . Great City Gates – proud Knights Templar tradition.
Could not believe my luck when the coffee stop was a self styled “Irish Tavern” . Guinness and Tapas / Pinchon – Ecstatic 😘
( Yes – that’s the Look 👀)
Great to see Mira again . Has a great laugh with her Spanish/ Italian crew this week . Wonderful girl – She is a one women rescue squad
…… Why ? …
20 Mins later here she is operating – full kit , sterile needles , anaesthetic, threading blisters and repairing feet for our Danish friend Rekke outside the Bar . Mira is a fellow traveller , one of us , everyone helps.
Not really mentioned this before – as it’s such a common daily occurrence. EVERYONE – asks , checks , discusses wrecked feet . Gory stories are relished . Many have gone home because it’s got so bad . We have a resourceful band and avoided this – but it’s all part of the experience.
One Man Cliché Time . Heather rolls up ( author of the excellent FB post yesterday) . Has seen my denial of Irish Heritage in yesterday’s blog . NOW CATCHES ME DRINKING GUINESS IN AN IRISH TAVERN.!! Thinks me a double liar – but shares the moment and the pint. Top Girl !
Serious “Hasta La Vista” moment ensues as I’m dragged back to the next 15 km stretch . ” I’ll be back “🤣😆😘🤣😘
Only in Rural Spain can this happen in a large town – bloody hysterical !
Thought of staying here but after 18 days Hiking – I’m sore enough 😂😇
Made it in record time to Bercianos Del Real Camino . Found unknown Albergue- “Bercianos 1900” only open 2 weeks – a real oasis.
Previously never arrived mid afternoon at the nights rest stop – so made the most of it .
Top – the Gorgeous Miss H . McClure.
Middle – L to R – Moi , Brigs, Warren NZ, Anna -Germany, Rekke – Denmark , Mira ( being bought a Cannã / beer after her life saving ops earlier)
Bottom – Massage and Animated End of a Days teamwork.
And finally Heinz from East Germany required help with some South Korean translation. Happy to help Heinz😆.
Night All xxxxx