June 1, 2011 Calzadilla de los Hermanillos to Mansilla de las Mulas

Good sleep and woke to sounds of pilgrims having breakfast. Dressed and out the door with Sebastian after wishing Martin (who uses the breviary for his morning prayers) the best. Martin is a good example that I should follow.

Walked a long distance on the old Roman road, stopping at rest area where we were joined by Korean pilgrims. Continued without Koreans until joined for the day by Jacqueline of Austria who sported a leather Australian cowboy hat. Surrounded all day by vast wheat fields with grand mountains in the distance and the more tame pilgrim road in the distance on the left. You could tell by the trees planted along that road at very precise intervals. We were passed by a train that speeded along between the two camino trails. Jacqueline and Sebastian set an aggressive pace and the walk included long quiet stretches as we all did our best to endure the round rocks underfoot, each becoming increasingly painful as the day wore on.

Arrived at Reliegos and enjoyed a very welcome bocadillo con tortilla frances con queso. This is a rather odd (for Americans) sandwich: an egg and cheese omelette inside a baguette. Still, it was very filling and a nice calorie load for the rest of the walk. We were joined by Case who shared tall cervesas. Then off with Sebastian and Jacqueline for the final miles to Mansilla de las Mulas. Final miles on senda (pathway) adjacent to country road with trees spaced at even intervals. Arrived Mansilla to the huge albergue with central courtyard and shown to bed by Mervyn. Martin arrived later and Sebastian and I found dinner with Martin, Joy, Tom and Eloise. To bed with self-conscious Martin worried about snoring loudly. We were all too tired to notice whether he did snore or not and we drifted off to sleep as soon as our heads hit the pillows.

May 31, 2011 Calzadilla de la Cuesa to Calzadilla de los Hermanillos

After breakfast walked in wet boots with Andreas, Catia, Bea, Alexandre (Brazil), to Sahagun. Many long conversations with Be a and Catia, learning about their lives. Catia has finished university and is waiting to start her student teaching. Be a is a sole dental assistant in a 2 dentist practice. Arrived Sahagun and left Andreas, Bea and Catia at the Cluny albergue. Walked on after cervesas with Sebastian to Calzada de Coto, then the extra kilometers along a deserted Roman road (alternative road) to Calzadilla de los Hermanillos. Stopped to enjoy some Cilantro with Sebastian at a rest area just shy of town. Saw Martin in town.

Dinner with a large group, including: Americans (Paulette and me), German (Sebastian), Russian, Sweed, English (Martin), New Zealand (Mervyn and Sheryl) Slept in cubicles of 4 with Sebastian and two French women.