Date: 23 September 2018
Departure Time: 06:46 am
Arrival Time: 12:30 pm
Distance: 23.9 kms
Cumulative Distance: 414.3 kms
Percentage Completed: 44.82 %
Accommodation: Albergue La Morena
Weather: Hot, dry – 31 degrees
We started the lonely and somewhat intimidating walk today in the company of about 2.5 million other pilgrims. There are so many people doing the Camino at the moment that it may be hard to find any segment that you could call “lonely”. Today’s walk consisted of a 17 kilometre walk in a straight line along a sandy country road, followed by a 7 kilometre walk along a rocky path next to a major road. We left in the dark, and the sea of bobbing headlights from all the pilgrims reminded us of a lantern parade. We are staying the night in the small village of Ledigos. The hotel is delightful and we are writing this in the late afternoon sitting in a lovely garden area. One interesting moment of the day was finding ourselves locked into our accommodation building, being unable to access said lovely garden area. Pulling the door didn’t work as it was seemingly locked, our key didn’t work and no internal switch did the trick. Being the geniuses that we are, we decided to ring the hotel to tell them of our predicament and to let us out. The hotel answered promptly. We explained our predicament and the response was “PUSH”. What can we say. We have lost all credibility in Spain, though we have made a few people laugh.
Feet and bodies are holding up quite well and we only have 16 short kilometres tomorrow Sahagún.
We have been told by other pilgrims that twice as many people have left St Jean Pied de Port this September thus far, compared to the same period last year. They have put this down to the fact that many Europeans have delayed their journey due to the particularly hot European summer just gone. Albergues are full and people are having to taxi to and from towns to get accommodation.