Day 30 (June 9) Biduedo to San Mamed do Camino (14 Miles)
It did rain today, but not until after I finished my walk and just as I went to hang my laundry on the line. I got lucky because the radiators in the house turned on shortly thereafter and I laid the laundry out to bake. It should be cooked by the time the radiators turn off at 10:00 pm. That is the standard here. It is expected that all good pilgrims will be tucked into their sleeping bags by then.
The sunshine created good vibes today. After yesterday’s all-day rain, everyone was smiling on the trail. Except for one American woman, who accused me of trying to steal her walking sticks at a cafe. I showed her that they were mine, identified by small compasses laid into the tops of each handgrip, and she relented. The sticks came tricked out like that, but interestingly, the compasses on each stick point in different directions. I don’t think I’ll rely on them.
The landscape was hilly, green and beautiful. It was a red-letter day for cows. You know I love cows and this is dairy cow country. I was excited to see the local breed, the Galego, a red, long horned variety, among others.
The small villages, the stone walls and buildings, the weathered wood and ancient trees have me transfixed.
I saw an 800 year old chestnut tree. Hard to image how the world has changed in its lifetime.
I stayed at simple Albergue tonight. Back to drying after my shower with a travel towel that feels like a paper towel and has the absorbency of ultrasuede. Back to the sleep sack. The highlight of this place was a community dinner. Fabulous, vegetarian and homemade. We had great hosts and a great crew. (And, yet again, another bad guest photographer.)
The welcome was heartfelt.
As a final note, I’ll say that I am 75% through my Camino trek. I have loved every step, each one made more meaningful by the purpose of this journey, to honor Sam and raise funds for his scholarship fund.
Coincidentally, we are roughly at 75% of our fundraising goal — in dollars. In terms of supporters, we have had donations from 165 individual donors and that’s 100,000% of goal!!! When CU gave me that count, I was shaken. To know that so many people have cared is everything. Whether you have contributed because you want to show support for me or John personally, were a friend of Sam’s, are a CU affiliate, or just stumbled into this blog and can’t get out, you are all now crusaders in the fight against addiction. Thank you ALL.