Another sunny day on The Camino. We set out early, around 7, and walked a little over 6 kms to San Nicolas de Real Camino for our breakfast stop.
The hospitalero at the Bar Laganares (also an albergue) made us a yummy omelette with chorizo - with our 'usual' caffe con leche, it was a great start to the day. The interior of the bar was charming, though with some unusual and strange artworks. The hospitalero told us they were painted by his sister.
A few hours in, we crossed a small river and came across a hive of activity around the gates leading to an old church. A sign told us that the small church of the Virgen del Puente was undergoing restoration. We walked inside and saw the beautiful restored interiors including the stone flooring in a pattern we have seen often in old and new buildings on the Camino including in the Hotel Roncesvalles. Coming across this restoration project was a special and unexpected highlight.
A little further on we stopped briefly in Sahagun for a caffe con leche and bought some supplies for our three hour stretch in the afternoon which would bring us to Calzadilla de Los Hermanillos and the warm and welcoming Casa el Cura. We had delicious snacks along the way, courtesy of Jill's excellent shopping, including an orange, cheese, figs, nuts, and M and Ms! Es perfect.
The day unfolded rather differently from yesterday. We saw few other pilgrims along The Way and the last thee hours it was just the two of us, walking down a red dirt road that reminded us of home. We discovered on our stroll around the village this afternoon that Glenn and Sheryl, Jane and Evan, and Bob are also here, as well as some newer friends, Rod and Chris from Wyoming, and Brent from Germany. We shared a vino with them and caught up on the day's events. We have made a plan to meet with Sheryl and Glenn and Evan Jane in Leon, a few days away. That will be great fun though, we're willing to bet, we'll see them before then.
Our Casa is delightful. We have a spacious room and our own bathroom including bath. We will have dinner here tonight and, breaking with tradition, breakfast before we leave tomorrow as we have an 18 kms stretch first up. We will not see a town, village, farm or house along the way until we reach Reliegos for lunch. This afternoon we bought some provisions at the one local store to keep us going tomorrow until a much anticipated lunch break.
Our photos from today mostly have an 'interiors' theme - from Bar Laganares, the Virgen del Puente church under restoration, and our lovely Casa el Cura (the house of the priests).
Thank you to Julie, Luise and Rosanne for your comments and emails.
Lots of love to all
Jenny xx and Jill xx
Note from Jenny: I walked more tentatively than usual today, with a shin splint to contend with. We have both had a few niggles here and there, though nothing serious and nothing to prevent us from walking on enthusiastically the next day. I'm confident all will be right tomorrow morning with rest overnight as well as Teresa's Chinese herbal patches which miraculously did the trick last time, when I developed a painful shin splint on Day 27. Jill was so kind, checking in throughout the afternoon and encouraging me to take a break. Thank you, Amiga. I appreciate your kindness.