Day 31- Bercianos del Camino to El Burgo Ranero

Walked today: 5.1 miles

Walked Camino 2019: 222.8 miles

We reached El Burgo Ranero at 9:15 and stopped at bar La Costa del Adobe and had breakfast in honor of Ken and Mandy who we met in 2017.

We both began blogging just before our respective Camino’s and Ken and Mandy found our blog and became followers. They commented on our blog that they were starting to walk two weeks after we were. We let them know that we were walking slower than most and that they might catch us. They followed our while on the Camino and realized they were in fact gaining on us, unbeknownst to us. They found us in a bar, having lunch, in Bercianos del Real Camino. It was an extraordinary rendezvous, since they were from South Africa!

Jim blogging about Ken and Mandy

Although we were staying in different albergues that night, we arranged to meet early the next morning in El Burgo Ranero for breakfast before going our separate ways.

We have continued to follow each other via our blogs. Since we last saw them, they have returned to Spain re-walking sections of Camino Frances as well as other Caminos.

Buen Camino, Ken and Mandy!

Our walk to El Burgo Ranero was similar to the day before, the pathway lined with trees along a lightly traveled paved road.

Does this look familiar?

same old path again…

Today’s shorter walk will hopefully recharge our batteries for the next few days on our way into León.

We found our hotel shortly after an extended breakfast (4 CCL’s!) and were able to checkin shortly after 11:00. It’s the same hotel, El Peregrino (50€) and the same room as 2017. And we think the housekeeper/owner recognized us.

We have a deck just outside our room with a clothes line, so chores were easy, even though this is a small hostal (hotel), not an albergue.

About 2:30 we went back to our breakfast spot and had a delicious lunch (and probably supper).

Roasted veggies for Linda and chicken, spaghetti, salad for Jim

Late afternoon we visited a small grocery store (mercado) and got food for tomorrow morning’s walk.

That’s about it for today. We’re setting the alarm for 5:30 in the morning to get an early start on a tough walk.

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