Sat 10 Oct - Day 26: León to Villavante 32km
502km walked. 283km left to walk.
Almost 2/3 of the Camino completed. 21 1/3 stages of 33 as suggested in the guide book.
I was walking out of Hostel Albany in León just after 6.30am, a record early time.
I expected few hiccups finding the Camino markers in the dark given streetlights and other city illumination. And it was all good.
Getting out of León through its industrial west zone was boring and uninteresting. I liked this very skinny building though, next to the train lines.
But otherwise dull as...
Case in point, the Camino circles this service station in the Leon satellite town of La Virgen Del Camino, along the main road. Decidedly unsexy.
I chose the alternativo broken line route as Camino Principal follows the main road N-120 for a very long time. I had enough of that on the way into León.
I think I made the right choice. First though the alternative route had to negotiate a spaghetti freeway junction.
Cute add on sticker on this sign.
Somebody wanted to cheer up the pilgrims here.
I had a coffee and chatted with the guy for a while. He had me writing in a guestbook and can you believe it, there had been pilgrims from both Iceland and Greenland through the small settlement of Oncina. At least according to his guest book.
I arrived in Villavante around 1.30pm. I had then done 7 hours of walking, 32km, but I seriously toyed with the idea of doing another 4.5km to the next town.
However, it started to rain just as I arrived in town so I took that as a sign that this was it. So I checked in at the Santa Lucia albergue in Villavante.
After Skyping with my lovely wife back in Oz and after a nice shower, it was R&R for the rest of the afternoon.
The Isle of Skye 3 crowd turned up a bit later, as did a Swedish woman from Skåne who didn't like cities. Also the loud Korea 3 crowd who couldn't handle cerveza in Terradillos de Los Templarios.
Yes, you can walk... far... But you can not hide.
The albergue had a resident parrot who could say "hola".
I shared dining table with 2 Americans, Linda from California and Ed from Illinois and with that Swedish woman Kia. A pleasant hour and a half before we all retired.
The weather forecast for the next 2 days is not good. 60% precipitation forecast for tomorrow Sunday and 100% for Monday. Showers, rain and possibly thunderstorms.
Monday also happens to be a Spanish national public holiday, Hispanic Day.
Let's see what's doing tomorrow morning.