A brief update today. Most importantly, I have added photos Lauren provided to the earlier posts. Check them out!
Day 9 (May 13)
After her day of train-riding across the countryside, Lauren is feeling newly invigorated. With Santiago only 160 miles away, it feels as if the end goal is within striking distance, but there are still weeks of walking between where she stands now and the Cathedral in Santiago. With nowhere to go but ahead, Lauren sets out once again using the most ancient form of travel.
Today, the landscape and towns are quite different from Navarra and Rioja. The landscape is dotted with low stone walls and the villages are made of stone, too. The low houses have roofs of slate or thatch.
Lauren arrived today in Rabanal del Camino after a 13 mile hike. The Knights Templar maintained a garrison in the town in the 12th century to guard pilgrims. Today, Lauren is staying in the barn of a monastery, which has been converted to a refugio with bunk beds and other simple amenities. She reports that the village is very small and totally charming. She also has a sore throat.