The past few days have involved climbing, rain and lots of mud. But today was different–got up quite early and made good use of a flashlight. Occasionally some other light also came into play:
From a motorway tunnel:
Fortunately, for us the weather cooperated and the views were outstanding as we eventually climbed over 4,300 feet;
All the structures in the mountain village of O’Cebreiro were made of stone:
I soon landed on a spot for the night. As I entered two Russians were quibbling with the proprietor over shampoo. They needed some and the price was too steep. Since I had several small containers in-hand I gave them one. In return they asked me to join them for dinner.
On the Camino one meets the world so I agreed to sit with Olga and Eleni. Well, their mastery of English was vastly superior to my ability to speak Russian — that is to say we spoke rubbish. So there was embarrassed laughter, several quiet pauses and lots of “charades” in play. After some time passed I excused myself, wished them well and went back to my bed.
As I lay in bed I was beginning to fully realize that the journey would soon end. There was 100 miles left to go to Santiago.
So it goes on the Camino!