Leon to Villar de Mazarife - 20.1 km

May 30
Lat: 42.484444 Lon: -5.725278

I woke up this morning at 6 a.m. and since I had packed before bed last night, I was out the door and walking up the street by 6:30 a.m. Although it was a cool 37 degrees, it was great to start so early. I plan to do this every morning.

I made it out of town quickly, but was ever mindful of the option for the trail that lay ahead in the town of La Virgen Del Camino where it turns abruptly to the left and goes across country toward Villar Mazarife. If you miss the turn then you head farther south to the town of Villadangos Del Paramo and then you have to take taxi to get you back on track.

Just before I got to La Virgen del Camino, I met a young lady by the name of Jennifer who was from Austin, Texas. This was her first hike on the Camino. We walked together and used both sets of eyes to find the turnoff. It was great walking with her; she had a good pace and was interesting to talk with. She has an undergrad in anthropology and an MBA, both from University of Texas. She was business smart and is thinking of starting a business when she finishes the Camino.

We stopped in the little town of Fresno del Camino at a nice little cafe where we got something to eat and I got my standard “cafe con leche y chocolate crescent roll.” The thing about the rolls, bread or the pastries here is that they are delivered fresh every morning so it just about melts in your mouth. After breakfast we took off for the next coffee break which was about 7 km away in Chozas de Abajo. We went by there and never saw it. Before we knew it, we were in Villar de Mazarife where I had planned to meet Hawk and Christine.

We ate again and then she took off for Villavante, which was about 10 km farther up the trail. She had plenty of time as we made it to my destination by 10:30 a.m. so I had a long wait before Hawk and Christine came in. We were supposed to stay at the albergue "Casa de Jesus," but this Canadian came in and checked it out and said that it was okay, but that the WiFi didn't work well. I had already been looking at the Antonio de Padua and found out that the WiFi was great there so I just went there and got a bed. A few hours later Hawk and Christine came in and cancelled their reservation for the private room at the albergue and got a private room here as well.

This is a small village of about 400 people and the albergue fixes dinner and breakfast the next morning. This is a nice private place with 50 bunks. I'll be in an albergue tomorrow night and have been thinking of staying in more as it keeps you in more contact with the “Peregrinos” on the trail. The only down side is if you want to leave early, you will always disturb people in the morning with packing up.

They are calling everyone for dinner so more to follow tomorrow. As always...Buen Camino!

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