September 16, 2018
My bed in the alcove at the albergue was so comfortable that I didn’t want to get up this morning. But I did. We had a shorter day planned today, 13 miles, but it was a hard day for me. I was tired most of the way. The trail was flat, (which I don’t like, I prefer hills) and rocky. According to our book, we need to prepare for days and days of flat trails through wheat fields.
We were nervous about finding a bed for the night because the trail was crowded today and I was walking slowly so everyone was passing us. When we arrived in Hornillos del Camino, we walked into the first albergue in town ( there were only three, it’s a small town). We asked for beds and the woman said she just had a cancellation and we got the last two beds. She put out the completo (full) sign. It’s a private albergue (not municipal), so smaller, with a lovely little backyard area and a pilgrim’s dinner tonight, where everyone will eat together at a large table. Paella, salad, dessert and wine.
I’ve been wondering how people are getting the time to do the Camino. Since we’re older than most, retirement is only an option for a few. Several people (including the couple from Poland) have told me they’ve quit their jobs and will look for work when they are done.