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Published: October 8th 2016
We passed through Sahagun today, but again the village we are in is to remote to rate on this site; pop.200. Las
Last night I had Hamburger de la Casa for dinner and , served with chips, it was a nice change from the 'pilgrims menu' and probably just as nutritious . We chatted with a Canadian woman who was a cleric with the Canadian United Churches and a young man from Oregon who was a music teacher but had just graduated as a conductor and baritone. It's amazing the diverse range of people who cross our paths each day and it helps shift you out of the small world view that we often hold; there's a lot to see out there!
We started walking at about 6.40am this morning, it was pitch black but the stars were amazing. Pity I can't photograph them. We walked a brisk 6 kilometres to San Nicolas del Real Camino where we had breakfast ( yes, tortilla sin pan for me ), at a lovely bar on the edge of town.
From there we followed nice paths, walking with a Canadian couple, all the way to Sahagun. The entry is pretty industrial
Entry to Sahagun
Me and the wife part of the Canadian couple.
and even though I had spent 2 days there in 2014, I hadn't seen the badlands. Once passed this, we entered the old town and passed through the vibrant Saturday market to have a coffee in Plaza Mayor. Memories came flooding back as I sat outside our previous accomodation, checking out the square where families gather while the children run wild under the watchful eyes of the parents. You see this in all Spanish villages and it has a wonderful community feel that you rarely see in Australia .
After a break we headed to Cazada de Coto, along earthen paths next to roads. This town has little to recommend it, and after filling water bottles, we started the last remote 9 kms to our destination. These paths were stones and rocks, it was hot, and we didn't see another soul. It was definitely worse than the 17km stretch yesterday. John and I usually walk at a different pace so there was about a 400metre gap when we hit town.
The first Alburgue , the first choice, was 'completo' , booked out, so we wandered. Short distance up to the municipal, donation only, Alburgue . We gave the
€10 each as it seemed better than some others we have used. As usual, boots and sticks don't get much further than the door, but here your backpack went into a garbage drag and was placed upstairs, nowhere near the beds; a bed bug precaution . We were issued with a clean sheet and pillow case and shown the facilities; it's all good.
Dinner will be at the restaurant up the road, pilgrim meal for €10 and we will need to stock up for tomorrow . Another 16.9km stretch with no facilities, bars, villages or water fountains; I hope it's not the same type of track as today. It's a 24.5km day tomorrow and it leaves us an 18 km walk the next day into León, where we Eli have a tourist/rest day.
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