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Today after a wonderful night in a hotel room with my own bathroom I end up at the worst albergue I encounter on the trip, should have walked on, sleep on a mattress on the floor, was not expecting dinner so had bought a sandwich in the previous village. Not a nice atmosphere or energy. I find out afterwards that many people felt the same. But I am getting ahead of myself.

I get up in the dark and head into town and find a cafe serving breakfast. I have not arranged to walk with anyone today. Whilst in the cafe I meet up with several people, Brigitte who is from Canada, currently on her second Camino as I write, Kate the German  psychologist and a German priest. After breakfast we head off together.

I tell Kate that her statement about not believing in sin has had me thinking all day yesterday. So, I ask her if she believes in right and wrong? What about ethics? So as we climb out of town everyone joins in the conversation.

Here we walk past another, fancier corn crib as we climb up and out of town.

 Here we just passed a lady who had set up a mini outdoor cafe, the two Dutch sisters were sitting having a coffee, next to the trail. The walk is beautiful, weather is still warm.

It was a very enjoyable day and I end up walking most of it with Brigitte having left Kate behind as we climber the hill, and the German priest we lost somewhere else, although both were at the same albergue as me in the evening.

We walk through a town and see this great sculpture of a pilgrim with a pack that is too large outside a hotel.

The town has some lovely sites, a roman bridge, and a large cathedral.



This is the front of the cathedral.

As we walk through towns there are plenty of places to buy snacks. It being a warm day I purchase a delicious ice cream cone. As we head out, this was a large town we stop at a cafe and have lunch which was basic food but very good.

We wander through trails making our way up and down hills, in the shade, in the sun, through villages, through small towns, along busy roads for small parts. It is all part of the charm of the camino and we talk about all sorts of things as we walk.

We come across an automated cafe area with machines so you can serve yourself. Then we cross this railway line. I have walked along many train lines, crossed them and never seen or heard a train other than the busy main train line out of Lisbon. But this looks well used.

We are just walking along now, when we pass this large church in the middle of nowhere.

Eventually we come to a small village and decide to stop for a drink, then discuss where we will stay tonight. Do we walk on or try this albergue that is up the hill. We decide on trying this alberge, as my guidebook says it does not serve dinner I buy a long roll for dinner. We head on out and I leave my hiking pole behind not resalizing till I get to the albergue, some 2 miles uphill from the village. So after checking in, the place is over full and all they can offer me is a mattress on the floor, which because I am tired I take. Brigitte got the last bunk, but it was on the top which I don't like. There is a weird atmosphere about the place and if I was not so tired and needing to walkback to get my pole I would hike on. 

I have walked just over 407 miles, 17 today, supposedly I should be in Santiago de Compostella according to my guidebook with that mileage, but I have another three days to go. As I lie on the mattress I realize I am looking forward to going home and sleeping in my own bed. The albergue does serve dinner but I just eat my roll. Usually when there are pilgrims together there is a lot of chatter with everyone talking. I realize it is very quiet and every one senses this atmosphere. Eventually it breaks down alittle, but several people say they are going to leave very early in the morning and I decide I will also head out early.

Till tomorrow.

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Myrl Jeffcoat
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407 miles is impressive, Nick.  And, the photos continue to impress!  

Oct 10, 2019 11:33 AM #1
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I took so many photos Myrl Jeffcoat it is hard each day to select just a few.

Oct 10, 2019 11:46 AM #2
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Mmn. Wonder where the odd energy was coming from in this particular spot?  407 miles is impressive. I am enjoying reading about your journey, Nick. 

Oct 10, 2019 12:06 PM #3
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
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Hi Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543,

I really enjoyed reading your post and of course seeing these images.  I am going to have to go back and start at the beginning as I find the time.  I am impressed!

Oct 10, 2019 12:31 PM #4
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

The surprises of the road!  Thanks for taking us along.  Bill

Oct 10, 2019 01:21 PM #5
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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407 miles! And I would have LOVED to have been in that convo re sin, right/wrong!!

Oct 10, 2019 02:51 PM #6
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD it was reallyodd, and the only place I encoutnered this on the journey. Did not enjoy the evening at all and was very glad to get up early, very early and leave and put it behind me.

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I hope you enjoy it half as much as I enjoyed walking it.

Lots of surprises Liz and Bill Spear 

Candice A. Donofrio I am sure you would have, it would have been good to have you there. It is one of the things I enjoyed most about the Camino how open everyone was to listening to others points of view without a need to interupt, but to listen and really think about what they were saying.

Oct 10, 2019 05:25 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Morning Nick.

I'll be wanting to see your post tomorrow, to find out if you went back and picked up your walking stick

Oct 11, 2019 01:52 AM #8
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

James Dray yes I did, it wasn't that far, just over a mile to the village, so about a 2 1/2 mile round trip and I prefered being away from the albergue than being there.

Oct 11, 2019 04:17 AM #9
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