September 5, 2018
This is the Camino symbol of a conch shell. Legend has it that when the pilgrims reached Santiago, on the western coast of Spain, they collected conch shells to take back home to prove they completed the pilgrimage. Nowadays, pilgrims receive a “passport” and a stamp is added to it at each stop to prove they are going the distance.
Three young men in my albergue room sounds better than it was…one was a massive snorer. I didn’t get much sleep, but we stuck to our plan of getting up early. We were on the trail at 6:20, before sunrise, with our headlamps lighting the way. We had been told that today was an easy hike, but not so much. The trail was rocky and steep and 15 miles long. I got my first blister. But we made good time and arrived in Zubiri in the early afternoon. As we walked into town we saw a sign for a private albergue, so we decided to check it out. There was a private room in a pension, which we jumped on. A nice bed, hot water, Wi-Fi that works. It doesn’t take much to make me happy these days, and if Enrique snores, I can just kick him.