Day Forty Nine

I wake sharply at 6am, by 6.30am I am putting my poncho on as it’s been raining, it’s still drizzling a little. It’s just under 25km today to León, it should be an easy day! It’s not…
The path leads us mainly besides main roads all day, the rain comes and goes for the whole journey. My feet hurt from the long day yesterday, I think I may be getting new blisters?
We finally get to the outskirts of León and the sun comes out. The trek in is long and arduous. After finding the Benedictine albergue we dump our gear and go out to find supplies and shoe repairers. The good news is my boots are being resoled and I’m getting new insoles, the bad news, they won’t be ready until 9am tomorrow…!
I head back to the albergue to shower and wash all my clothes, I stop for some food as well and then we go back out to explore some more. I’m in two minds as to stay here another day, but besides the grand cathedral I’ve seen the city. But starting so late tomorrow I may have problems finding a bed?! Also I have two new blisters to deal with, one on each heal.
Curfew at the hostel is 9.30pm, so I’m sat here (outside) trying to charge my phone and write my blog before going to bed… Hmmmm… And I’m in a dorm of probably fifty people!

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About waytosantiago

The way of St. James is one of the three largest Christian pilgrimages of the world. I intend to walk one of the many routes which begins in le Puy en Velay, France. The route has been trodden by many weary souls, looking for answers, looking for adventure, for the obvious religious reasons, or just walked for the sake of it. I first came across the route about 6 years ago whilst reading Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Pilgrimage’, I decided maybe something could be learnt from spending so much time on the road in solitude. Being the kind of person that lives to work, these ideas were put on hold whilst my life moved steadily forward. Recently I’ve found myself longing for adventure and decided it was time to begin planning. Another thing I decided was if I was going to do this, I may as well try and raise money for charity along the way. So the story begins...
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