Day 25: Melinda to Salceda
Another leisurely start to the morning. I think we are becoming civilized again. We have 30 km left. Today was a 25 km hike just short of 6 hrs. Early in the day there are some good up and down sections but for the most part very nice shaded trails. During one section this morning one village has no cafes. We walk better than 2 hrs without a break. At one point Hans says , I need a break my feet are killing me. Shortly after we walk by a cafe -- Marty and I have a small beer - Hans a coke. After a good 15 minute break we head out. Soon Marty and I realize Hans is out is site -- a head of us. We laughed, " a coke, a whiz and saying back to the barn really energized Hans". We found him an 1 1/2 hr later waiting at albergue.
We saw Erica again, young lady from Michigan working to become a brew master. She works at micro brewery in Michigan - heading to Germany for serious training this fall. Amazing - she had no idea studies in chemistry would take her down this path. I believe here are a lot of astute and interesting young people,e in our world ---- once they engage we will see some amazing leaders. I think we I'll be in good hands.
As I write, Ryan from Montreal comes in - travelling with Erica - Michegan and Antoine from Denmark. They are all so different - interesting to see how they have become good travel friends looking out for and helping each other,
As we near Santiago I can not help but wonder about some or our earlier Pilgrim friends: Mary Ellen and Barrie from Hamilton; Corolla and Mark from Sydney, AZ; the twins Jessica and Katrina from Thunder bay; Alice from Nevada; Becky from England; Oivin from Norway; Oke and his daughter from Denmark; Vicki the Hungarian event organizer; and Klaus and Tony. I really hope we see or hear from some of them before we leave Spain. It is hard to explain - but you get close to some people quickly. It seems to be part of the Camino spirit.
As I mention Becky's name it reminds me of our meeting early in the trip. Her friend Helen did the first 10 days. I saw Helen and Becky a couple of times in the first days. As I caught up to them in a village I said to Helen (didn't know her name then) - tell me tour name is Alison - she said sorry its Helen. I said -- at least tell me your are dutch - again she says sorry - I'm English -- but my husband and I currently work in Holland so it counts as half point. Then she says - why all the questions? She is a mirror imagine of my cousin Alison. Really!
There are so many people on the trails now - many doing the last 100 km or so. The bicyclist still the most frustrating -- no bells - seem to think trai, is for them. Many are not confident cyclists - you can see it in their face. I wonder how many incidents occur between walkers and bicyclists during a season?
Only two more mornings to load the back pack --- Saturday will be a wonderful day and every day after it.