A Short Day on September 5th

We left Roncevalles at about 8:30 and did not know where we would sleep that night.  I was not worried about that before we left Texas because I thought there would not be as many pilgrims walking in September.  Was I wrong.  Many, many pilgrims started walking with us in St. Jean. We stopped for coffee after about a mile through the Sorcerers Forest where they burned witches back in the day.  We saw Junst from Norway and talked with him for a while.  We made our way to Burquett where we met Susan from Virginia.  She was looking at a mare and foal. We said hello and she has been our Camino Angel.  Susan is an elementary school teacher taking a sabbatical.  This is her third time on the Camino.  She does it in parts and we are lucky she has taken a liking to us.  We were going to walk a good way and she suggested we stop in the next village only a few kilometers on.  She had stayed in Espinal last year.  We said goodbye to Junst at Espinal as he continued on.  The place Susan stayed was booked but they suggested another.  Alburgue Irugenio was just great.  We had our own room and shared a bath and sitting room and kitchen with Susan.  We shared a pilgrims meal with Yeng a 24 year old woman from Seoul and Francisca, a 22 year old from the Czech Republic, both traveling alone.  This was yet another example of how lazy we are.  These young women were able to communicate in English.  We can’t book a room in Spanish.  It was a short day but what we needed.

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