MILES: 17 CUMULATIVE MILES: 303
STEPS: 28,000 CUMULATIVE STEPS: 609,000
TIME WALKING: 7 HOURS CUMULATIVE TIME WALKING: 133 HOURS
Today started out GREAT, but ended on a sour note 😦 Read on for details.
So, the day started out perfectly. It was sunny and the temperature was perfect for hiking.
You can see some of the fortifications around Reliegos as we left the town this morning.
With all the rain, you can see how high the rivers are…
I have seen several of these along the Camino.
Sometimes its not so clear which way the Camino goes. Oliver doesn’t have a clue 🙂
I have no idea. Just a bunch of old boots along the path.
Note the awesome skies…
Oliver found a new friend. I tried to convince the ass ( not Oliver 🙂 ) to carry me into León. I was unsuccessful 😦 Bummer… I think it would have been pretty cool strut into the big city on this bad boy.
A little later I saw this bad ride (its a Cadillac) This would have also been a great way to get to León.
That is León in the distance. It is hard to see, but there is rain in the distance (what a surprise 🙂 ). Oliver and I quickly put on our rain gear and within 2 minutes we were standing in a huge downpour. There was no shelter, so we just walked in the downpour for about 20 minutes. We got soaked to the bone and were cold.
Eventually the rain stopped and we found civilization 🙂 No… we didn’t stop.
Oliver and I had a nice lunch and then he left for the train station to catch a train to Madrid and see an old friend.
Oliver is like many pilgrims, where they do the Camino in stages over several years. Oliver has about 14 more days (León to Santiago) and hopes to complete it this fall.
I will certainly miss Oliver’s company. 😦
I couldn’t find a hostel and I was still cool and wet so I grabbed a cheap hotel (25 euros). The manager used to live in Illinois.
After I checked in, the sun came out… as expected 🙂
León seems like a nice city with a river running through it and lots of parks. Here are a few shots…
This is their big church.
Some of the locals talking about the great weather 🙂
A Big Gamble
My backpack has been giving me lots of problems over the past couple of weeks. The back suspension has a mesh webbing that acts like a trampoline and keeps the pack off your back. This allows for air flow and is very comfortable. However, after about 10 days, the mesh was no longer tight and the pack rests directly against my back. It is not very comfortable and Osprey said they could do nothing to fix it since I was in Spain 😦
So tonight I bought a new backpack – another Osprey, but a different model (Exos 48 liter). It is about 1.5 pounds lighter and it felt great in the store. I hope this decision works out. I guess I will find out tomorrow.
- I really enjoyed Oliver’s company over the past few days. I will miss him and his great/funny stories. I also lost 2 women from California today (they were travelling with us for the past couple of days) as they will spend an extra day in León. So I will have to find a new posse to hang with.
- I am seriously thinking about building an ark if we get any more rain 🙂
- I sure hope my new backpack works out.