Another blue sky day on The Camino. And even warmer temperature. We left our lovely Casa el Cura around 8 and were in shorts and t-shirts by 9am. A new record.
As we mentioned in the last update, we had a long stretch of 18 kms before the opportunity for our all important second caffe con leche and second breakfast or, by then, was it brunch or lunch? Either way, by the time we reached the small village of Reliegos, around 11.45, we were ready to eat. The only bar open at the time was the 'colourful' Bar Elvis where Sinsin, the hospitalero, prepared a ham and cheese omelette. That's Sinsin in the photo, slicing ham for our omelette. Quite a character. As we were leaving the 'mobile supermercado' pulled up just outside the Bar and Jill was quick enough to get a shot!
Today, we enjoyed our long and peaceful walk with just a few peregrinos spotted from time to time. Like us, yesterday they had chosen the quiet 'rural' option over the route along a busy road - the roadside path had the advantage of refreshment stops along the way, but did not appeal to us. The paths did not converge until our resting point for tonight - at Mansilla de las Mulas.
We arrived around 2pm. On our way to find tonight's accommodation we stumbled across a stylish bar full of locals and enjoyed delicious freshly squeezed orange juice, which has become an afternoon favourite in the warmer weather. We revisited the same place in the early evening for a vino with Evan and Jane from New Mexico and Rod and Kris from Wyoming.
By the way, the shin splint situation was sorted overnight with the magic Chinese herbal patch. This remedy has worked its magic for some earlier niggles for both of us, and for those painful shin splints when the 50mg Voltarin in our medical stash didn't make a dent. Not a hint of pain all day, with gratitude to the wonderful TCM practitioner Teresa Lee. Thanks to Teresa, we have a good supply of patches if needed.
Tomorrow we are walking just 18 kms into the city of Leon. We expect to arrive by around 12 and spend the afternoon and evening there. We can let you in on a secret ... we have booked a room at the Parador de Leon hotel. Got a great rate via booking.com a few nights ago. We are mucho looking forward to it.
And as if that wasn't enough spoiling, Coach / Martin has just emailed to say we are to have a treatment (e.g. massage, facial) on him. BIG THANK YOU. What a treat to look forward to.
So that's our news for today. Thank you so much for your comments and emails (and concern on the shin splints) to Jan, Robert, Audrey, Rosanne, Jacque, Cathy, Glenda, Phil and Martin.
Until next time ... from the Parador
Jenny xx and Jill xx