Once again we started at sunrise, the moon still bright and shadows long.
It was a moderate day, but we are officially out of the Meseta and back to oak forests, farmland and many ups and downs. I can't tell you how many times I sang the Bear Went Over the Mountain. Chuck probably can.
Today we had another uncanny Camino experience. I mentioned that we had been thinking of Chuck's mother when coming upon occasional rocks signed by a pilgrim named Naomi. Sometimes there were many days without seeing one and then she'd pop up again.
Today Chuck called back to me that Naomi was back with us again. Then he said another name was with hers. We couldn't believe it when we saw the names Naomi and Axel together. Axel was C's father's name. It stopped us in our tracks.
As we were about to fade from too long without a break, what should appear? Healthy snacks for free. This woman knows what pilgrims need and we were happy to donate to the cause.
Later on we met a young man from Germany. Bryant's doppelganger?
He took our Taking My Parents to Burning Man card and now claims to be a filmmaker.
We toured the cathedral and Gaudi's Bishop's Palace.
It amounted to three museums and information overload. I was disappointed that there was no information on Gaudi and the story of the construction of the building as there is at Barcelona's Sagrada Familia.
Exhausted, we headed back to the hotel to make sandwiches for dinner despite a sign in the hall that asks you not to eat in your room. Aren't we the renegade pilgrims.
Tomorrow is a long day and we realize after today, that we have to do a better job of taking rest breaks while walking. The terrain is due to get more challenging shortly.