Day 21 – Calzadilla de los Hermanillos to Mansilla de las Mulas (17 Miles)

I saw my first cows of the trip…and I just love cows, especially the cream colored ones with horns and big, sad eyes. The cows were hanging out together next to a huge pile of potatoes. I learned today that cows do eat potatoes. Meat and potatoes; I should have known!

The walk was in an extremely remote area. Seeing no villages, we stopped for lunch and pulled out our meager provisions. Between 4 of us we came up with: 2 oranges, 2 juice boxes (one orange, one toxic green tutti frutti), some nuts, a pack of olives, part of a chocolate bar, some Cheetos and one darn stale croissant. Believe it or not, we were all full and energized for the rest of the walk. Better planning might have resulted in a better meal, but the Camino seems to provide you with just what you need. Life lesson for me: perhaps less pre-planning and stress to get that perfect result, when sometimes just going with the flow works out just fine.

This time it did and we arrived in Mansilla de las Mula’s in good time!

Mickey and I are living large in a pensione double room. We had dinner next door at the Albergue with the rest of our crew, plus Isabel and her daughter, Jessica, from New Brunswick. I have run into them many times before on the trip, usually at low moments and they have been great support. Tonight was all fun. As we were finishing dinner, my old pal, Rebecca, strolled in to help us clean up the leftovers. That girl just has a gift of being there whenever there is something to give.

4 thoughts on “Day 21 – Calzadilla de los Hermanillos to Mansilla de las Mulas (17 Miles)

  1. pat callaghan May 31, 2018 at 4:01 am

    Sounds like you had a great evening…including a hearty dinner…in Mansilla de las Mulas. By the way…what was your contribution to that lunch on the trail? I’m betting on the partial chocolate bar. I can’t believe how far you’ve trekked and how many fellow pilgrims have become a part of your journey. It must be so energizing to all of you to know that you are well past the halfway mark. Thanks as always for letting me travel with you!

  2. Trish, this blog has become the highlight of my day! I have been following you every step of the way and feel you are walking not only for Sam but for those like me who cannot walk but are blessed to be on the journey with you.
    Thank you and God bless you!
    Martina (Arts wife)

  3. Trish you are in for a treat. Big beautiful cows, yes with big sad eyes, are waiting to meet you. Keep bringing your fun energy with you every day. You are magnetic!

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