Day 19, El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mulas, 18.8km

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May 19th, 2013

Enjoying the camino.

I could have walked long 30 or 35 km days leading up to Leon but I decided to have shorter 20 km days and I’m so glad I did. The difference meant not leaving before sunrise, having a relaxed breakfast in the albergue, walking at a leisurely pace and walking with Katharina who is great company.

The weather has been so cold that it makes a big difference walking with the sun on your back but even with the sun it’s been so cold and windy that my legs have been numb for the first few hours of walking. We had passed the same man, Dominic, each day for the last 4 days, he was walking with a limp and you could tell that each step was a struggle for him. He is French and speaks English well so we’ve had a little chat each day. I was told today that he had had a stroke and had to teach himself to walk again. He is covering the same distance as us each day… what an incredible feat. 

Mansilla was a lovely old roman town with parts of the gates and walls still intact. We went to the supermarket and decided that we would cook omelettes for dinner because of the ingredients we could buy. The fry pan in the kitchen didn’t agree with our omelette idea (it was old and battered) so instead we had scrambled eggs… It wasn’t the worst thing we’d eaten on the camino!

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