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Published: October 22nd 2017
Geo: 42.3863, -5.07905
We took advantage of our private room and slept until 8:04 -- unheard of! We were the last ones to leave and since there was no real coffee maker there, we left without breakfast.
We took a few pictures of Moratinos and started our 18th day! Before we knew it, we arrived at San Nicolas (2.2 km) and had a couple coffees and a chorizo/egg/ cheese sandwich. It was a cute place playing Johnny Cash songs and our Spanish Whistler showed up AGAIN. The only problem with the place is that it was Sunday and a lot of the day hiking/bus riding "pilgrims without packs" we're there. We noticed that they stamped their credencials about 4 times!
We enjoyed the short day and strolled into Sahagun for our second breakfast. Before town, we entered an area with a medieval chapel and a gateway significant to the Camino. The town is quite large (2800 people) and has a train station and big bus depot. We passed several bars before settling on one toward the end of town. We had two cups of really great coffee and one egg/cheese/potato tortilla. We met some new pilgrims who gave up their table for us who,
unfortunately, we're going to Leon on the bus because three of the four were injured.
We again met our Spanish Whistler and Daniel from Ireland and his new friend from Australia. As we left town, we ran into a shepherd with a huge flock of sheep. Dave stripped some sunflower seeds from the flowers along the Camino and found them to be small and a little green. We walked a way with John from Vancouver who we had actually seen on our first day in St. Jean checking in our hotel right behind us. We formally met and he said he has not made any reservations and has been fine; although he must be leaving very early in the morning and registering in the albergues by 13:00!
We arrived into Calzada de Coto before 1:00 and the Albergue opened at 1:00. We waited a very short time and the volunteer from France signed us in. This Albergue was by donation and had a capacity of 32 in one dorm. Since we were the first guests, we got our choice of beds -- two lower bunks. We showered, did laundry and headed to the only bar/restaurant in town. We ordered a bottle of
white wine, mixed salad (of course with tuna) and lentil/sausage soup. All very good. This place has a lot of families (it's Sunday), pilgrims, and card players (we have to buy some of these cards with the very weird symbols). Oh, as an appetizer we had delicious mussels in red sauce,
Stayed in the bar with our bottle of vino blanco and caught up the blog. It being Sunday, and everything being close, as prearranged, we met the hospitalero at 5:30, who took about 20 of us from the Albergue to the market where we bought supplies for tomorrow. The woman opened her small market only for the pilgrims -a very nice gesture on part of the Albergue and the market. As the saying we have heard many times, 'the Camino will provide'.
As we sit in the village park that has free wifi, we watched little kids playing tag and hide-n-seek. Kids playing is soo universal, care free, smiling, having fun and hamming it up for the camera. This is a small farming village that could be Bancroft, Iowa - there is a farm smell/aroma, depending on your perspective. As both concluded that we needed this short (15 kilometer) day. The
most relaxed we have been, maybe since Pamplona.
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