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.