This morning I said goodbye to Hila and Eran. They don’t have enough time to walk all of the way to Santiago so they stayed behind in Santo Domingo to catch the bus. We hugged and promised to stay in touch and then I set out down the quiet streets alone for the first time on this journey.
The morning is my favorite time for walking. My legs and feet are free of pain and the promise of sunrise is exciting. It takes me forever to travel the first few miles because I’m constantly stopping to take photos. I am so in love with Spain’s morning sky.
The breeze is cold and biting today and it feels like fall has fully arrived. I keep my long sleeve shirt on all day long. Tomorrow is October, my favorite month. The pumpkins are ripe on the vine as I pass them.
The number of pilgrims has thinned out. Many people skip this section of the Camino. Likewise, injuries are really taking hold. Blisters, tendon strain and shin splits have plenty of people dropping out. My bag still weighs 30 pounds but my body seems to be holding. My legs are feeling stronger by the day.
While it’s on my mind, I would like to take a moment to publically thank whoever invented chocolate covered almonds.
My brain was quite still today. I walked and took in the view. It was lovely.
Today I walked 14 miles (23 km).
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