Madrid Camino Day 15- Sahagun to Reliegos

May 21, 2017

A new day a new experience.

A 30 km walk today, some of it along a sixteen hundred year old Roman road where one could walk between the chariot ruts, and along which millions of pilgrims have walked before. Humbling. The breeze was cool though the sun was hot and I got a bit burnt despite my sun block.

The beautiful meseta

I started the day walking with Jean and along the way, out in the middle of nowhere, we met a young fellow named Patrick who was traveling alone and we invited him to join us for the long, straight walk across the meseta. He is an incredibly smart young man from Stratford Ontario who happens to know many of my theatre friends as his father is a well known lighting designer. Small world.

The three of us hit it off well – we laughed and exchanged ideas about life. It was wonderful how time passed so quickly. Before we knew it we limped into the sleepy little town of Reliegos and found beds in the municipal albergue. After showers and hand washing our clothes, we wandered around town and eventually joined another small group of people – including a few more Canadians. We had a ten dollar, three course meal and plenty of conversation. I am planning to walk the 25 kms to Leon tomorrow and treat myself to a proper hotel and a hot bath. Leon is steeped in history and architecture so I hope to start the day early in order to explore a bit and play tourist. I also want wifi so I can video call Catherine and Henry again.