Just the facts
Day 15: Calzada de Coto to Mansilla de las Mulas
Distance: 20 miles / 33 km
Time: 7 hours
Total to date: 273 miles / 440 km
When I’m walking there are many things that seem worth writing about, most probably more interesting to me than anyone else. I was sitting here trying to decide on today’s topic when an inspiration walked into the albergue courtyard.
A middle aged Asian woman entered the alone, bumbled around a bit, then finally found a seat at a nearby table. The woman looked exhausted and somewhat disheveled, but nor more so than anyone else. After resting a couple of minutes she lifted her pack, retrieved her walking stick from the ground and asked to be directed to where the beds were located. From there she made her way upstairs.
Stories have been circulating about a blind Japanese woman walking the Camino alone but I hadn’t seen her until now.
Apparently she can discern light and dark and make out shapes, but that’s about it. I can see the often elusive yellow arrows and I still get lost. How this woman manages to find her way day after day is beyond me.
As I sit relaxing in this shady courtyard I can hear her heavy pilgrim’s stick tapping along the corridor toward the beds and a well-earned rest.
Simple daily acts such as showering, washing clothes, finding a meal, even repacking a backpack can be difficult on the Camino because of sheer exhaustion. Sometimes, I look around and see pilgrims nodding into their dinner plates because they are so tired. How she manages is beyond me.
Hats off! Actually, we’ll give the blind pilgrim a vigorous nod and leave our hats on. It’s better for our skin.