El Caminante (63€, inc. dinner)
Up at 6:45 AM and breakfast at 8… Out the door for our first day back on the Camino at 8:45… cold and windy but we are garbed up and warm. We walk out of town into a vast countryside. Intermittent rain, with rainbows, and a fierce head wind. A bit of BRRRRR!! We take a side trip to a restored Roman Town – Castrillo de Polvazares. We now see storks in giant nests atop churches. They’re also hunting in fields, much like egrets. We stop in a near-deserted town for C&CC, and the host tells me the Spanish name for the storks – cigueñas. We walk on up to our village for the night, arriving at 12:30 PM. Nice room with a view of a church across the way and, most important, a NEST WITH A BIRD IN IT! Lunch downstairs: bacon and eggs and salads… delicious! Then a stroll in the rain, a cozy return, and, so far, I am loving this and feel more comfortable than on previous walks. My anxiety level has gone way down, and I am most grateful for that. Nick is good (no hinky leg or neck), the walking is good, the food and accommodation are better than last time. GOOD! Dinner delicious… Bonnie: green beans with bacon, then roast chix leg and thigh, with fries / Nick: spaghetti with tomato sauce, then roast chix, and flan. The storks mate in the middle of the night!