Quote by Abraham Lincoln
I literally crawl out of bed since my leg muscles are protesting the previous day’s events. Steps are especially painful, but coffee gives me the incentive to go down the two flights of stairs to breakfast. We devour a filling breakfast of tostados, fresh squeezed orange juice, cafe Americano for me and a cafe con leche (with milk) for Randy .
A 73 year old mother from Germany and her 2 daughters, who are also walking the Camino, were our breakfast companions this morning. We share Camino experiences with each other since we feel so experienced having 3 full days under our belts. We could have visited longer, but the day is not going to wait for us and the rest of the gang has left without us (Even Kathy with the bum knee is speedier than me!). We strap on the backpacks and step outside. Overcast but not raining. O.K., …so far so good.
We dodge puddles as we stroll down the quiet, Sunday morning streets of Cacabelos, Spain. The legs feel stiff and sore but seem to work just fine.
Your guess is as good as mine as to the meaning of this mural we see along the narrow street. My guess is the gorilla in the upper left has something to do with evolution, Christ with the crown of thorns is in the lower right, and the soldier on top of the largest human could be Christians dominating the Moors. What do you think?
We remind ourselves to not get so wrapped up in the surroundings that we forget to follow the yellow arrows. Follow the seashells…follow the yellow arrows. All are determined to walk today so no taxi is needed.
The plan is to meet the rest of the gang in Vega. Too bad the town doesn’t have an “s” at the end of its name. I could have had fun with that!
On our way out-of-town we pass by a woman mopping and cleaning in front of a church. It is Sunday so I don’t think anything of it since they probably have mass this morning.
Actually, it’s an albergue. Locals call Albergue de Peregrinos de la Augustina de Cacabelos the Old Church, since the albergue was built around the church. Yes, around. The rooms form a ring around the church, with a courtyard in between. It has modern facilities including showers. As nice as the heaters and cozy room were last night, it would be so cool to stay here. Bonus points for only costing 5 Euro per person. My socks and boots are dry right now, so I guess that means bonus points for last night’s lodging, Hostal Gallega.
The path turns to dirt and we enter wine country with the wet, muddy path winding through expansive vineyards.
As I gaze across and ponder this panoramic view, I feel more of a desire to do the Camino de Santiago again someday…in September during grape harvest.
Oh, no… it’s raining AGAIN!! AARRGGHH!!
At least today will be a shorter day than yesterday.
Really? Are you sure?