We had to work hard to maintain a good attitude today even though it was a shorter day.
When we left this morning, there were a few other pilgrims passing us, but it was relatively quiet. That only lasted for the first 4 kilometers. As soon as we hit Sarria, we found ourselves in the midst of a flood of people. We passed a couple dozen on the outskirts, and over the next several hours found ourselves being passed by well over 100 people. They were loud and talkative (Andy pointed out that they hadn’t had a month to run out of things to say to each other) and jarring to us all after over a month of relative quiet.
We were determined not to let seeing more people in a day than we had in a month (or so it seemed) disturb our Camino. Because we’re so slow, eventually we did get left behind and things quieted back down. It helped that we weren’t staying at the major stops. By the time we reached Ferreiros the flood had slowed to a minor river and at our albergue we were the first in the room.
Before showering, we headed down to the bar for a small lunch. Andy and Dad split some pimientos de padrón, and all of us split an empanada gallega and some soft cheese from Arzúa. Andy and Dad both also had some Galician beer. It was all delicious! We came back to the room to find some more people had arrived, but the timing was right and the showers were all free.
There was a lounge with tables and chairs in the albergue so we settled in to finish the game of canasta we started weeks ago. Needless to say, Andy won. Being the gracious loser that I am, I insisted we start another game. In between hands, we also dealt with our laundry.
We quit the new game after a few hands to bring in the dry laundry and move out to the lawn chairs. I had to dance across the lawn from the clothesline because the pokey grass kept striking at my feet. Dad dragged the chairs into the shade and we all sat and tried to keep cool in the heat of the afternoon. I’ll be glad when this heat wave ends.
Eventually our stomachs won out over our laziness and we headed down to the bar for dinner. We all showed great lack of creativity and ordered the exact same thing: pasta and beef. (We did get different desserts.) The bar also had some fruit and granola bars for sale, so we got breakfast as well since they don’t open until 7:00.
Tomorrow we have a longer walk, but we’re still not ending at a major stop so the albergue shouldn’t be full when we get there. Unfortunately that is a concern for these last few days as hundreds of new pilgrims are joining us on the Camino.