Following the yellow arrows, bronze cockle shells and pilgrims in front, we commenced our Camino de Santiago on the streets of León.
The streets were still a buzz the previous night just on sunset at 10pm. Food, laughter and families blessed the streets like a smile to a face, full of joy and noticeable happiness. The aftermath of such enjoyment was being swept away by street sweepers and men armed with water hoses and hard brush brooms.
We walked with great excitement, charged with enthusiasm as our journey began. The early start showed the sunrise slightly presenting itself, the air was cool enough for a light long sleeve.
We quickly escaped the streets and roads of the city in exchange for peaceful countryside. The array of flowers and tall grass produced a fragrance which reminded me of home.
Several kilometres seen us with increasing hunger, Chozas de Abajo was the place to stop. Slapped on the road, a yellow painted arrow with “bar” written above was a sign that needed no introduction. It was here when my 1st experience of unfaithfulness in regards to my marriage unfolded. I was introduced to “tortilla de potata”, a fluffy egg style frittata, which suffocated soft potato slices. The flavour was simply orgasmic to my pilgrim tastebuds.
After a meal, long hot stretches of path paved a hard afternoons walk, short strides, fluid a plenty and a slow afternoon. We were relieved to see our destination in sight, it seemed as a mirage but aired a pinch of hope, we made it, victors! A sigh of relief, a sense of accomplishment a sign that the Camino was a force we should respect.
Buén Camino, hikerholman.