After a few days “resting” in Biarritz, I am on the road again. Trying to not get too carried away and not walk more than 20 km per day, mainly to spare my foot, but also because the scenery is great. I don’t need to reach Bilbao before the 27th, so I have plenty of time.
The landscape is no longer flat, the Mule is harder to first push up the hills and then restrain from taking off down them. But it is nice with some new scenery and the locals say that I have been very lucky with the weather. This time of year it usually rains but I have had mostly sunshine. The first night out off Biarritz I spent the whole night listening to rain falling on the tent and thought that, oh well, it was great while it lasted. But morning broke to a blue sky and I ate lunch in the sun, overlooking the waves crashing in from the Atlantic ocean.
I have finally reached Spain and am more or less on the “Camino de Santiago”, even though I have no intention of officially completing it. I mean what’s the point, only 8 or 9 hundred km, hardly much of a pilgrimage!
My first night in Spain, I was stopped on the side of the road by David and his son.
He said that he lived in a commune nearby and that I was welcome to spend the night there if I wished. Sounded great and I took him up on the offer. The community turned out to be the Twelve Tribes.
They were very hospitable and I spent an interesting evening talking to some of the members while the children practiced a new dance they were preparing for an upcoming wedding. They gave me some literature to read but were on the whole not to pushy with their views. Just as well as I an not religious at all and would probably have started to feel quite uncomfortable if they had started to try to convert me! I did find out that the Argentinian couple that Anna-Maria and I had met earlier had also stayed there.
Their names are Patricia and Oscar and you can find their blog here:
Even managed to find a local using mule power as well.
As I wrote earlier, the weather has been great and the scenery fantastic.
Even the Mule has been making some new friends.
Today I walked a section of the Camino and though it was a bit of work with the Mule, it was pleasant and got us off the larger roads, so I might continue along it tomorrow. Will have to see what my foot feels like in the morning….