The walk was a fast one for the first 10k. The path was wide and smooth through hayfields. There were no small towns or even fountains so it was a long stretch. The first part or the trek I walked with Veronica (from Mexico/Maryland). Then I walked alone and found my own pace. It was a peaceful walk, with a few other pilgrims here and there. About a half an hour before I got into Los Arcos, the path ran next to a ridge. From over the ridge I could hear a race track. (Like listening to Laguna Seca). Cars or motorcycles, I am not sure, but they were going fast. I thought it was ironic that here I was choosing the slowest form of transportation (walking) listening to speed racers. Just before Los Arocos I came across a goatherder and then a man on an off-road Segway. Quite a mix of people on the Camino. Once I made it to Los Arcos, I met up with Veronica again. She was going to take a bus up to Logroño, so we said our good byes and wished each other “Buen Camino.”
In the main square at Los Arcos I stopped for a rest and some lunch. Met up with the rest of the gang from Villamayor de Monjardin. They were planning to go to Torres del Rio, so I opted to join them, despite how tired I was.
I began walking in the afternoon with Kay, a caregiver from Australia. As she told me of what she did for families, I was quite moved. She then told me not to worry about being tired, we all have guardian angels watching over us right now. It almost made me cry.
I rested a while and began to walk alone. I saw Pedro and Ruth from the night before, and got a call from Germany to cheer me up. I made it to Torres del Rio and went to the second Albergue (because it looked nicer than the first.) It was full so I headed back down to the first albergue. Just as I stepped outside, it began to rain. I had to walk a total of 50 meters in the rain today.
Confession: I have been staying in private rooms and hotels so far. I have not stayed in “a typical albergue” yet. Tonight was the first. I was in a room of 12 people. My roommates ranged from four young German students to a lone Japanese pilgrim to two older Dutch women and a few others that I didn’t meet.
The good thing about this albergue is that it had a washer and a dryer. Yeah! Laundry time! It’s the little things. While waiting for my laundry, Marla from SF and Gabriel from BC joined me. We ate chips and just hung out.
After laundry, I had dinner with the two Dutch women and a young man from Tipperary.
The Dutch women had begun their Camino in Amsterdam. They had already walked over 1700 km. Amazing. Tom, from Tipperary, had been walking from Lorca today. That was over 38 km in one day. Also amazing.
It was a dinner with long distance and speed walkers. I was neither, but happy to be in their company.
After dinner it was straight to bed. The room was not too noisy, so I was able to sleep fairly well (thanks to ear plugs.)
Another good thing about today: I am finally using some of the gear in my pack. Things used for the first time today: raincoat, sleeping bag, sleep sack, ear plugs, even the travel towels. Glad to know I’m not just lugging all this stuff across Spain.
Kilometers walked: 26.31
Steps taken: 35,845
Floors climbed: 61