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Melinda’s Camino de Santiago 2012 – Day 21

Day 21 Acebo – Villafranca 40.2km – Saturday 13/10/2012

I awoke at 6am feeling refreshed after having the best night’s sleep in the B&B Rosa Del Agua. We set off early and walked the first part of the journey in the dark. It was beautiful watching the sun rise. It felt amazing as we descended the big mountain.

Dave and Ann were further ahead when I had the most amazing experience. I heard a noise and suddenly a big deer came sprinting past in front of me. My heart was pounding so hard. I was so startled. It was the most amazing feeling, the best word to describe is ALIVE!

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When we arrived at the busy city of Pongerrada we excitedly checked out the castle.  We also took the opportunity to buy some gloves as it was starting to get very cold in the mornings.

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We passed many vineyards as we continued on our journey. The surroundings were becoming prettier and prettier. We felt very happy as we arrived in Villafranca. It was gorgeous here. There was one cute place that got my attention and I imagined one day staying and relaxing at a place just like it.

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After the bed bug experience we were very picky about where we stayed for the night. We found a nice, clean albergue to stay in and enjoyed an easy dinner of tuna and salad and gelati. After dinner, we explored the town and checked out the Door. According to Ann, the Door had a special history. She told us that if you prayed at the door you were forgiven all your sins in the case that you did not make it to Santiago. We all had a bit of fun with the story.

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When we returned to the albergue I was lucky to receive another foot massage from Dave. My feet were not liking the long days of hiking so it was bliss. I was so grateful for Dave’s kindness.

Overall I’d had a great day. I thoroughly enjoyed Ann and Dave’s company.

Before going to sleep, I updated on Facebook knowing that my next update would be when I reached Santiago.

Awareness gained along the way

Mountains make me feel a sense of awe. I feel so inspired.

I was building trust and new friendships.

Sometimes I forget just how amazing nature and animals are – it’s nice to be reminded.

I was starting to see myself relaxing soon as I hit the 602.5km mark.

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