June 2, 2011 Mansilla de las Mulas to León

Left albergue with Sebastian, joined for breakfast at a cafe near the albergue by Martin, then off to León via busy highways. Grim walk on shoulder of highway with cars zooming past. Then on dirt track next to freeway and across freeway on new, blue pedestrian bridge. Followed yellow arrows and ended up at youth albergue without signs of how to continue. Asked directions multiple times and ended up at large fountain on main road with plentiful yellow arrows. Found Posada Regia, one of my favorite camino hotels due to its medieval character and proximity to the cathedral, and settled in to shared room with Sebastian.

Off to lunch at cafe on camino and saw many, many pilgrims. Agreed to meet Joy at 17:00 to shop for backpacks, then meet Andreas, Bea, Catia and a German economist, Robert, for tapas. Finally found dinner restaurant and got Andreas off to his albergue before closing, then on to bar#1 for whiskey, bar#2 for wine, bar#3 for margaritas. Left Robert/Bea and Sebastian/Catia alone and headed for bed.

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