MILES: 15 CUMULATIVE MILES: 151
STEPS: 26,000 CUMULATIVE STEPS: 338,000
TIME WALKING: 5 HOURS CUMULATIVE TIME WALKING: 66 HOURS
Today started out grey & overcast 😦 BUT, about 2 hours into walk, something wonderful happened 🙂 Details below…
About an hour in to today’s hike I found this cool food stand. They were blasting some AC/DC… lots of fun. (And no rain!!!)
About an hour later, the skies parted and the weather turned…
This guy was enjoying the sun 🙂
This vending machine was in a small town. It was filled with stuff you would find in a pharmacy like band-aids, blister stuff, Ben-Gay…
Eating On The Camino
For the first week, I was eating:
- Breakfast – A croissant, maybe some yogurt, tea, juice…
- Lunch – A baguette sandwich.
- Dinner – A normal “Pilgrim’s Meal” which includes a starter (salad or a plate of pasta or soup…), main course (small piece of meat or fish & French fries) & a dessert (rice pudding, custard, cake, ice cream…) all for 10 euros.
I found that my breakfasts & lunches were not filling me up (plus too many carbs??) and I was lacking energy late in the afternoon. So here is what I’m eating now:
- Breakfast – Several handfuls of nuts (after about 1 hour of hiking)
- Lunch – Salami, cheese and an apple/orange (see pic below)
- Dinner – The pilgrims meal
I find that the extra fat in the nuts/cheese/salami give me good energy all day long.
Here is what I ate for lunch today:
And I had an unexpected guest for lunch 🙂 This pooch joined me and started whining so I gave him some meat & cheese. He didn’t like the apple.
A couple hours after lunch I reach my destination of Belorado. It was a nice little town with some character.
Here is the town’s church. Do you see the stuff at the top?
They are nests for some huge storks…
Here is the inside of the church…
I mentioned in an earlier post about people shipping their bags to the next town. Here is my hostel for the night with several bags that were sent by taxi for the arriving guests.
There were several murals painted on the sides of buildings. Here are a couple:
After a nice pilgrim’s meal, I walked around the town and grabbed a few more shots:
Look closely in the center of this photo. Do you see a house built into the cliffs? There is a door and a window… Pretty cool place to live.
As the sun was setting, the skies started to look threatening… but also really cool.
FYI, here is where I slept. Notice a few pilgrims already sleeping… it was 7pm.
Another Camino Story
About 30 minutes outside of Belorado, I was walking/talking with a young guy (in his 30’s) from Switzerland. He told me he was a policeman in Zurich and he came to the Camino for some sun and nice weather 🙂
He ended up getting the bed next to mine. I was blogging in the patio at the hostel and he told me he was leaving in 30 minutes. He said he was taking the next bus to the airport and would be on the beaches of Barcelona by tomorrow. He said he couldn’t take any more rain/cool weather/grey skies… He said he would try the Camino next year.
- I think I’m adjusting to the life of a pilgrim. The last couple of days, I have much more energy in the evenings.
- It was great to walk in the sun.
- I think the weather is starting to get to some of the pilgrims… the Swiss guy.