Today we passed over the half way mark with little fanfare or celebration. Yes I have walked 402km so far with only 388km to go!
It was another long and mostly straight flat path with our first coffee stop at 17.1km. A welcome relief for caffeine addicts and full bladders. Again it was overcast and chilly, especially when you stopped for a break.
We finished our 26km day at 1.30pm limping into our albergue just 500mt from the main town of Terradillos.
There is always a bit of nervousness as to where you will stay the night as some people book ahead to assure themselves a bed but like true pilgrims, we aim for a town and hope they have a bed for us. Yesterday that wasn’t so as we headed for the Municipal Albergue (al-ber-gay) which is usually the largest hostel in town, either attached to the church or in the centre of town. There are also private run albergue’s, casa rural (rooms in private homes) and hotels (which is where we stayed last night). If you can’t find a bed or afford a hotel then its another walk to the next town.
Most towns have a church and everynight they have a special mass for pilgrims. We went to our first last night in Carrion. It started out with the full Catholic church service in Spanish of course and ended with the priest asking for all the pilgrims to come to the front of the church (approximately 120 of us) for a special blessing. After identifying the countries that we were all from (most being from Italy and then probably Germany or Holland), we had the sign of the cross on each of our foreheads and were given a special paper star to carry with us to Santiago. There are some pilgrims who go to every mass service in every town they go to but we had decided to wait till we got to Santiago for the pilgrims mass but something pulled us from our hotel across the road to attend this service and I’m glad we did it. Bless me if we don’t make it to Santiago now.