Carrion de Los Condes to Caldadilla de la Cueza - 17.1 km

May 24
Lat: 42.333333 Lon: -4.8

Today I prepared to hit the trail early as Hawk and Christine were staying at a different hotel and I wanted to hike early. The hike was a little boring by some people's standards today as it is perfectly level and nothing but wheat fields on both sides, but it has views as far as the eye can see. I loved it because you didn't have to constantly watch your feet to make sure that you didn't trip over something. Also the weather was the best that it’s been yet… blue skies, cool mornings and warm afternoons.

There were no tienda's or bars to get a cup of coffee... just walking for 17 km. I did meet a man from Ireland and he and I talked for about 6 km until our paths changed. It was very interesting and also enlightening to me as my ancestry is from Ireland. He gave me enough information to do some research on my family history.

I got to the albergue where we were staying around 11 am so I had to wait until it opened. There is nothing in the area except for the albergue and a bar. I finally went down the street to the bar (about 50 yrds) and got something to eat until Hawk and Christine arrived and the albergue opened. The place filled up fast as it was the only game in town. Later in the day, Don and Sally from Colorado came in, followed by Frank and Ruth from Oregon. Micheal Holland, another Irishman, came in and joined us. It was a wonderful afternoon just sitting around and having a glass of local wine and talking about what we've hiked and what we do back home. An interesting note: Ruth is a 77-year-old woman who has just finished the Pacific Crest Trail a few years ago. It took her 10 years to complete it but she did and now she's hiking the Camino and doing around 20 km a day. She was amazing and a wealth of information on the PCT in Oregon. She and Frank told me that when I come back to finish the PCT that they would be my "Trail Angels" thru Oregon.

At 7:30 p.m., the normal Peregrino dinner time, we all got together for dinner. The meals just keep getting better as we head west. The choices range from roast chicken, pork ribs, salmon steaks, or some other kind of fish. There’s still a lack of veggies. The closest thing to veggies is a green salad or artichokes and maybe French fries.

After dinner we went back up to the bunk house and turned in. All in all it was a wonderful day and tomorrow looks to be even better. More to follow from the trail... Buen Camino!

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