Today we made our way into the city of León! We started early despite a night of sleep interrupted at 11pm due to the realization that we were under cannon seize. The vague memory of a poster announcing a local fiesta came drifting back to mind. “Oh, fireworks” we realized, and rolled back over to continued shaking booms, Jeanie’s head now buried under her pillow blockade. By this point in the Camino, there isn’t too much that surprises us.
When morning came, it was crystal clear and as we walked we watched navy clouds against a lightening blue backdrop of sky. We stopped an hour in where Jeanie had her morning croissant and coffee, and reported in on consistent levels throughout the night. We continued on, hopeful to stop a few more times than days prior due to the increase in small towns along today’s route. However, we learned the increase in towns does not matter much when they are solely composed of industrial warehouse type buildings. Eventually we crested a hill, crossed a highway bridge, and the city of León lay before us, a crown jewel of a town that we were sure would hold quality bathrooms and worthy ice cream.
We made our way through the busy streets, residential areas turning to tool shops turning to small markets, restaurants, and plazas as we made our way from the city fringes to the city center. After our first five attempts for accommodations were reported full, we realized that reservations would have been a good idea! Eventually we found an available spot and made our habitual groaning release of the pack and accompanying plop on the bed.
Jeanie’s levels were remarkable all day. She had held at 98 for hours, snacking along the way, and varied very slightly from that point. She was excited by this fact, and took extra care to manage each of our meals and treats along the day so that she could continue her streak in such a good zone. All in all, we are officially adding León to our list of top places to visit on this trip or in your life. The “people-watching” is spectacular and the cathedral alone could hold your attention for hours on end. We took advantage of finally being in a town with sport stores, and purchased some much needed warmer clothing for the recent and dramatic shift in temperatures on the trail. As we wandered the streets of León by evening, we absorbed the atmosphere and relished the missing weight of our packs. We have made amazing progress in our journey here in Spain and thoughts of Santiago are beginning to feel more real. As always, we look forward to checking in with you soon, thanks for journeying with us!