The walk was lovely today. For the first part I walked and chatted with a young women from Slovakia. After a cafe con leche in a small bar, I continued on by myself.
For the very first time, I put on my earphones and listened to music all the way into Hospital de Orbigo.
Neil Diamond sang “Heartlight” and for the first time I truly listened to the words of that particular song.
When I arrived at the outskirts of Hospital, I stopped for a rest in a park. Spain has exercise equipment in their parks and this time since I was alone I decided to use the machine that I think replicates the exercise of squats. I did quite a few reps, I most likely will be a sore Peregrina tomorrow.
After exercising, I returned to the bench and was daydreaming for a bit. An old man on a bicycle stopped and handed me an apple. You see he had a bag full of apples in his bicycle’s basket. He wished me ¡Buen Camino! and rode away.
Yesterday when I checked into my room in the albergue, the proprietor asked for my passport and my credencial. She writes the names of pilgrims in her personal register.
I am carrying two credentials, one is my own, the second is for my deceased first husband. When I explained to her that he is deceased, she told me she was putting his name in her book because she knows he is walking with me.
The kindness of the Camino’s residents and the other pilgrims I have encountered this Camino is absolutely amazing.
Oh, by the way, Hospital de Orbigo is a four stork town. I walked 10.5 miles/15.8 kms in 3 hours 46 minutes not counting my stops.