1 Chronicles 16:33 Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for He comes to judge the earth.
Day 31 — 14.75 Miles — Villafranca del Bierzo to Herrerias, May 28. Villafranca del Bierzo is a beautiful town. We would enjoy returning for a visit in the future. The morning was cold and the sun was rising as we were walking across the bridge in town. We stopped to look behind us. The sun rewarded us this morning as it was rising over the town. Most pilgrims stopped to look as they walked out of Villafranca.
The path was mostly flat today and ran parallel to a small road that was not busy. A river flowed next to the path. Woods surrounded the river, path and road. Birds were singing. All was well with the world. We saw and talked to the college students from Missouri again. We ate breakfast in the same cafe as the students later in the morning. We were so busy talking with them that we walked out of the cafe and did not pay for our food. About three to four miles down the path, we realized the mistake that had been made. The choices available to solve the problem were limited. We did not want to walk back three to four miles. Technology came to the rescue in the next town. We googled “Cafes in Pereje, Spain. Only one cafe appeared. It was Las Coronas. The phone number was listed so we called. After much back and forth with English and Spanish, I said, “Yo necesito pagar. Sin gluten.” He understood and said, No problemo”. Our food order consisted of a cup of americano grande coffee, a cup of tea and a donut. In addition, he was nice enough to toast two slices of gluten free bread that I was carrying in my pack. The “sin gluten” triggered his memory.
The remainder of our walk was peaceful and inspiring. The local dogs are well behaved but they do not understand English! The young children play and run. We walk past life as it is happening. The trees that are along the path are so big, they must be very old. We wondered about what the trees could tell us about the past if they could talk. We wonder about the other pilgrims that walk by who do not appear to notice the beauty around them.
Our hostel in Herrerias is located next to a fast running stream. The window in our room is just above the stream. The stream provided a foot soak this afternoon. It will provide a soothing sound while we sleep tonight.
We will walk into Santiago in one week. How the time has flown by. We miss home, our families and friends however we have made new friends here. Have we been changed by the experience? We think so.
Our next walk will be to Fillobal. Buen Camino. Sharon and Ron