Today begins what we will call the "official" Camino. In order to qualify for the Compostela - the official pilgrim certificate - at Santiago - one has to walk a minimum of 100 kilometers before entering Santiago. Today the Camino was very busy - we even had a section - similar to a few days go - when young children walked with their parents - or teachers - on a small section. The number of pilgrims is growing - with a few ladies who just started at Astorga - and others - who started yesterday at Sarria - the "official" starting point for the 100 kilometer "club". The walk today included a steep incline which we were not warned about - yet - non the less - we survived - along with the brothers from Idaho and one fellow who has enjoyed more than his share of the local vineyard.. One thing we have learned is acceptance - of those who are different - who do not share your language - as the group from Germany - who entered today's albergue in full force. Today's walk was a short 13 kilometers - but a difficult one with multiple steep climbs - I have mentioned we are in the mountains - and yes - Jason - you were correct about the hilly terrain. As I write this - the sun is beating on my back - which is appreciated after a day of cooler shade. Arlene just reminded me that I should mention that last night - after an early dinner - we skipped the pilgrim's dinner at 7:30 PM - and ate early - which allowed us to attend the Holy Mass at Iglsia Santa Marina - where a fellow pilgrim was moved to tears at the meditation song after Holy Communion - a very nice Mass with a special pilgrims blessing. Afterwards we hung around to purchase an additional credential - our originals are filling up - and we need to collect a minimum of two sellos a day - we do not want to run out of space on our cards.
Breakfast Display Outside Local Bar
More and More Peregrinos
Massage For Sale
Newer Albergue Looks Interesting
Hey Don - A Lamborghini Farm Tractor
Surprise! An Ostrich
Since we are ahead of schedule we called it quits early and secured beds in an relatively new Albergue. The restaurant served dinner early so we are done for the day and heading off to our beds. Tomorrow the Camino will continue.
Dale and Arlene