After three weeks of walking, I have found that music makes a big difference in how people walk. Those with iPods seem to be bopping along at a brisker pace than others. Today I was passed by Elizabeth stepping in time to hits from Billy Joel and Elton John. There was also a couple of Spanish kids with “Take me home, Country Road” playing aloud between them. Yesterday I even sang the theme to “Rocky” to help me pace up a short hill. I usually sing to myself as I prefer to hear the sound of nature but as I was passing one of the “Mafioso” ( the Italian squad from Sicily) I sang aloud. “Rocky Balboa” he said with a smile.
Music definitely makes the boring walks go faster and today was such a day. It was beautiful leaving the splendour of Leon early this morning. So many gorgeous buildings to admire.
The problem came when we made the decision to follow the senda instead of the recommended route, so that tomorrow’s walk will be a more manageable 25km instead of 31km. So after 26km we arrived in San Martin, a whistle-stop town on a busy road between two cities. I know my friend Rhonda will be aghast that I didn’t follow her advice and follow the green route but we are on a mission to not do another 30km day. ..its just too hard.
What is enjoyable, is walking with friends. It is so nice to walk and talk and share a laugh with such wonderful and interesting people. Tomorrow Astorga!