28.05.2015 - 28.05.2015
Day 26: Salceda to Lavacola;
First, after sending my blog yesterday we went to the restaurante next door .... guess who was there? Yes, the Thunder Bay twins Katriina and Jessica. Hugs, laughs and tears. Similar to us they walked 2 days on Meseta . ..then bus/train to Leon. They had walked 40 km already and had another 6 to 8 km to find a bed. A kind French gentleman was walking with them. We were happy to know they were safe. Dad's and their little girls! A young CDN girl missing since early April is still missing....so so sad. I don't think there is a happy ending.
Today's walk started out looking like we would follow the highway all day. Fortunately a good half was a quiet trail through gum tree forests.we took longer breaks today ... slow learners. At one spot we met a couple from Calgary ... he grew up in Trophy and taught at RDC early 90s....just retired from Mount Royal. Don was celebrating 73 birthday. I forget his wife's name ... very chatty.
At another stop we visited with a group of ladies from Toronto area doing Camino Light and total 11 days. Also, a lady from Brisbane who agreed Kingscliff area is tops.
I went to club next door to do blog as there is more sun. No WiFi! There was a reason I went there, met an English couple Don and Avril ...retired and sailing coast of Spain. They were excited to chat with someone speaking English. They were going to pick up their daughter and grandson who were flying in to visit for 6 days. They took my picture ...and said I would be included in their blog. I'll check it out in a few days.
Tonight we are at a hostel ...a double bed and single and our own bathroom for 45 euros. I get to sleep with Hans. I'm so happy I brought my sleeping bag.
One more morning to load back pack! So happy to reach that milestone.
A question I must research; why did they bring gum trees to Spain (eucalypsus )?
The end is in reach ....
PS: a tractor just pulled up next door pulling small wagon with hay type material ... guy runs in for quick beer/coffee and leaves in about 15 minutes.
Forgot....the picture of guy with blue garbage bag ....cleaning as he goes. He is French and wants the trail to be as clean as it is in France. Yesterday, he received standing ovation from 30+ pilgrims at a cafe. I gave him 10 euros and owner gave him a coke. Impressive!