Day 21: 40.4 kilometers
Total: 671.6 kilometers
Let’s start today with a story that will make you laugh and shake your head! So one more of the rules was no one could get up before 7 In the morning. I heard Claus get up and figured it was late enough and went down to use the restroom. On my way out of the bathroom he was standing there. You have to leave the house now, you don’t follow my rules I want you out now! Get your stuff and leave! Whoa! Ok so I wanted to leave and I looked at my iPad and it was 6 am so cool I packed my stuff up. When I went downstairs he was in the kitchen. I went in to thank him for the warm bed and he rushed me to the door. Before he opened the door he asked me where my stick was and I said it was against my rules to have one then he opened the door and shoved me out! I laughed in the dark for the whole morning. I hope Claus finds help for himself and whatever he is going through. Every other place I have stayed at they have been so caring for you and this guy was just very unique. I wish him luck with being happy one day. So the good thing about being thrown out of an Albergue is that I wanted to be out in the early morning. Moonlight! It was a gorgeous morning with so many stars. The path was technical though so I went pretty slow and made sure I didn’t face plant. One part of the path went into the woods after a town and it was so dark and had the town runoff water going down it and it was on all slate rock! Whoa! Made it to the bottom of that a left a big heart on the side of the path for making it safely.
After that i was in Molinseca and stopped for a cafe and croissant for a whopping 2 euros. The croissant was the size of my head! It was delicious and hit the spot! Shortly after leaving, the same couple that I saw in the cafe were walking by me. They walked fast but I started up a conversation and started talking with the guy. He only spoke Spanish so it was fun! We talked about the camino and how it has been going, where we were going and where we started. It was really fun in Spanish! Then we started talking about love which I love doing! We both smiled and he said he saw me this morning in the dark making a heart! I told him about my adventure as they just were doing a long weekend trip and heading back to Madrid. The whole camino is covered in hearts that I have drawn in the earth since St Jean Pied de Port! To this day it’s over 500 kilometers and just about the same amount of hearts! Some big some small, some on the snow that will disappear, and some made with big rocks which will be on the camino for years to come, some with leaves that will blow away next wind and some with mud that will dry up and be dust in a few days. The point is that the love is out there and it’s changing people’s lives when they see them! I talked to Paco about it for a while! We went back and forth and I understood it all. Love is so beautiful and sharing it is even more. I hope you can feel it when you see a picture from the camino of the love that has been left to invigorate love in those people that see it. It was a pretty amazing talk. They went ahead because they travel light and were trying to make a bus in VillaFranca. Hand shakes and a hasta luego and they were gone.
A little bit later I was passing another guy was like you are an Americano right?! I agreed then he said your name is Chris? Yes. Ahhh so I finally meet you! You are the heart guy! Holy moly that was so freakin cool! He said that it’s the talk of the camino. People are always asking who is making all these hearts and usually someone knows someone who knows someone who knows me! I feel like Zoro or something! It’s really cool because all these people are smiling and when they see one they take pictures and smile more instead of thinking about how tired they are. This is my friends the heel slap chest pop happiness movement spreading love! It really is a cool deal and i am so glad for all the love around it!
After that I stopped for a water refill and a juice at the bar. A girl named DeAnne remembered me from Foncebadon and asked if I ever found the waterfall! We talked about it and I showed her some pictures. She liked my style with the way I was walking my camino. I think she enjoys the camino too but enjoys to party even more! I met her in Foncebadon because she didn’t remember which of three albergues she left her coat at. Then she asked if I wanted to go to O’Cebreiro for Easter because there should be a cool party there. I love meeting new people and seeing what makes them tick. This was the first party girl I met but I’m sure she is having a great time.
After that I kept walking and it was hot! I was out in the sun a bevy today and it was getting to me a little. I loved it but every now and then the wind would stop and I would roast! Well just after I made the turn for Valtuille de Arriba I saw a girl ahead of me. I walk a moderate to fast pace sometimes and I caught up to her in just a few turns. I said hi a few times and she didn’t say anything. I was like ok and was about to walk past her when she pulled out her ear buds and said hi. I thought it was because I smelled bad but she was just listening to music. Her name was Jasmine from Germany. She was beautiful! Pretty sure a twin of Kimberly Shepherd! Same smile, same laugh, same eyes and nose! So Kim I’m pretty sure you have a duplicate that lives in Germany. We walked and talked about pretty much everything and it was nice. We came up to a small town and I saw a bar sign and asked if she wanted a drink. There was a bunch of people hanging out around a table. Looked perfect! Only thing was that the bar was closed and this was a family hanging out. But they offered to let us come in and sit down. They looked for a beer but didn’t have any so they shared some limonada with us! It was my very first limonada and It was delicious! We talked and laughed and it really was one of those spontaneous good times! Talked about yoga and India and meditation. These are conversations that don’t usually happen but everyone from young to old were involved! It was so cool! I asked how much for the drinks and she said nada and she enjoyed the conversation and buen camino! I dug into the sash pocket of my bag and pulled out another palo santo stick that I had from Estella and gave it to them. They all knew what it was and smiled! One quick photo and Jasmine and I were back on the way! What a cool surprise this was today!
Twisting and turning through fields we finally made it to VillaFranca. Today was Jasmine’s first day and she was tired and jumped on going into the first Albergue. I checked it out but it was still before town so I decided not to stay there and explore a bit more. I saw an Albergue on the other end of town and went through town to find it. The town was gorgeous with old buildings and lots of people hanging out. Across the beautiful bridge and over a bit was the Albergue. I knew I would stay there when I saw this huge golden retriever laying in the door! It was the same price of 8 euros as the other two and had a kitchen and a good vibe! The hotel was built around the mountain so literally the mountain rock was inside the Albergue! It was so cool. The first level was a chill area with tables for breakfast and reception, the second level was the kitchen and private rooms, the third was two sets of showers and bathrooms along with more private rooms and the top level was an open vaulted, sky lit, beautiful windows everywhere dormitory! It was excellent!
I threw my stuff in and took a shower then I took the dog, Conan, for a walk around town and down the river! After that I hit the supermarket and picked up some supplies (hahaha every time I laugh and think about Ashley Quinn’s joke) for dinner for me and the hospitalero. Cooking is fun and it’s cheaper than going out! And I also made enough for lunch the next day. After hanging out for a while in the lounge with some people who were taking motos all over Spain, I headed to bed! What a great place and awesome vibe! Pura Vida y buen camino! Adventure on!