Walking the Camino gives us a lot of time to notice things that we normally rush past in our daily routines - sound is one of those. This morning as we began today's trek - in the damp foggy gray sky - we were entertained by numerous sounds emanating from the trees and bushes around us - birds chirping - owls hooting - cow bells ringing - chickens clucking - roosters crowing - dogs barking - cows mooing - horses neighing - water running - peregrinos wishing each other "buen camino". One sound of the Camino - not as pleasant - is the nighttime snoring of many pilgrims. Snoring is not intentional - I do not snore by choice - nobody does - yet - how some people cope with snoring is very displeasing. All the Camino informational books recommend - more than once - buy earplugs. That being said- I have a difficult time with those who get upset with those who snore - a week ago we slept in an albergue where one peregrino - single handedly - snored through the entire night - raised 144 people quietly sleeping in their graves - caused 24 roosters to miss their 5:00 AM wake up call - because of the ferocity with which he snored - and yet - nobody who shared his room voiced a single vowel of complaint. Unfortunately - not all are so charitable.
The Difficult Path - 6 kilometers Shorter - Trade Off A Steep Climb
Rolling Terrain - Steep Downhill
In A Completely Remote Area - A Coke Machine - Where Did They Get Electric?
19 kilometers today - now at Sarria - this is the last official leg of this trek - need to collect two sellos from this point on to qualify for the compostela. Tomorrow starts the last 100 kilometers.
Dale and Arlene