El Camino: Molinaseca to Villafranca del Bierzo

Today’s Trek: Molinaseca to Villafranco del Bierzo

Knowing you have to walk 19 miles can be a little daunting. As we walked I seemed to be stuck on a repetitive chant: Just focus on getting through today.

A castle!!

Yesterday I ate a big bowl of pasta carbonara. You guess it. I’m the mascot for a very unsettled stomach.

The whole day I begged that i just make it to the hotel. My focus narrowed and I simply forgot any other thoughts.

Until we made ten miles and stopped for a beer for Judy and some rest for me. The rain had finally caught us and we sat outside enjoying a short respite.

Earlier I stopped to ask a couple of women we had been leap frogging how they were doing. This was probably at mile 8. They asked if we were taking a taxi to Villafranco. I pulled my map and we talked about how it wasn’t that much further. Then we said buen camino and I went on to try and catch up to Judy.

When I found her she asked, can your stomach handle a beer? I passed but we talked. Then she said it.

Should we take a taxi? I said, well we could but we’d have to return in the morning to finish our walk. She looked at me like I was crazy. We talked some more and agreed that to be bad asses we needed to continue walking.

Eventually we made it to our accommodations and we sat in silence.

I was given everything I asked for.


Siempre pa’ adelante!


About Caro

I am a social worker by training and a peace officer by profession having worked with California’s delinquent youth and young adults for 28 years. I firmly believe that our development as humans depends on our environment and that sometimes we get stuck. As such, I write about those things we sometimes ignore or fail to see until we are forced to pay attention.
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