Our destination today is Hontanas - about 11 kilometers from Hornillas - not the 21 kilometers we walked yesterday - but still a respectable distance considering that we are still coping with blisters and knees and the heat of the Meseta. Last nights sleeping arrangements were poor - but surprisingly - we did sleep fairly well considering the cots we had for beds. The worse part were those who woke at 5:00 am and disturbed everyone else still sleeping - or trying to sleep. I am still processing that data - the obnoxious crinkling of plastic bags and the headlamps shinning across the arena right into sleeping eyes - which was more intrusive into sleep? None the less - morning arrived right on time - low light - clouds in the sky - the threat of rain looming overhead (as if it could rain from underneath) - our walk began. We were happy to leave Hornillas - as far as we are concerned - a place to be avoided.
Morning On The Meseta
There is nothing to do on the Meseta - except pray - think - meditate - ponder - the emptiness constantly before you - the emptiness of some relationships - the emptiness of certain jobs - the emptiness inside - constantly there to remind you - of what? That you are alone - even in the midst of friends - in crowded places - with special people. In those moments of emptiness - it is then that God will speak to us - to our hearts - to our inner person. What He speaks - only you can know - and only if you have "ears to hear".
A Peregrino and His Donkey
No Jerry - It Is NOT - ready for this - Don - Key - Ho - Tey
Arlene Checking Out Alternative Transportation
Different Modes - Walking - Biking - Donkey
Sunflowers in the Meseta
It Is All Downhill Now - For Today
Hontanas Straight Ahead
The TAU Cross - Not of Franciscan Origin Here
Roadside Shrine of Saint Brigida - Few Stop to View
Hey Pereginos - Stop and See
Our Albergue for Tonight - Very Nice - Lots of Extras
The Patio Space with Mini Mercado
Drying Lines for Laundry
Washing Tubs For Laundry
The Path For Tomorrow Morning
For dinner tonight we shared a table with Sebastian - a lawyer from the Netherlands - and Aurelio - retired from Columbia - who lived in Chicago for many years. The conversation was varied and interesting and lively - discussing religious beliefs - economics - and everything in between - as a result the four of have solved the World's problems so everyone can sleep easily tonight. The Camino continues - a little closer to our destination - God willing - a little closer tomorrow.
Dale and Arlene