It was a very breezy, overcast morning and rain was in the forecast. We have really had incredible weather on this trip but in everyone’s life some rain must fall. I didn’t take any pictures so I’ve sent some random ones from other days.
The trail is now very busy with big groups of people and a long line of pilgrims in front and behind. The large Japanese group has a bus strategically following them in case someone can’t go any further.
Late morning it did finally start raining so we ducked into a worn out bar for some lunch of an omelette and tomato in a baguette and a coke. We suited up to head back out in the rain. The pilgrims had scattered and the trail, which was more like a stream, was ours again. The whole day was mostly tree-lined lanes and a few bits along side the main road. The last few miles our feet we soaked and we were ready to stop for the day.
Our Albergue was brand new and large to accommodate the increasing flow of pilgrims. If IKEA built an Albergue it would look just like this, modern and efficient. What it lacks in old Spain charm it made up for in lights, electric sockets and hot water.
Dinner with friends and a bit of shopping, since we don’t have far to carry our treasures, finished off the night. Back to our bunk beds for one final night of communal living. Tomorrow we arrive in Santiago and have a hotel. I think we had 25 nights in albergues so we definitely had the whole pilgrim experience. Albergues and pilgrim’s food are the two things we won’t miss but without them the Camino wouldn’t be the same or affordable.
We loved many of the albergues and had a wonderful sense of community there. Others were just a place to sleep and a few were grim and depressing. Some albergues have made for great stories and stand out in my memory and are tales to be retold.
One more day to Santiago!