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Day 10, Grañón


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I started at 6:30 this morning. It's quite cool so far, but starting to warm up now, two hours later.

I'm sitting in a restaurant at the local golf course in Ciruena. Another beautiful sunning day - perfect for golf! I've discretely taken off my shoes, thinking that was not usual behavior for the golf set.

I realized this morning that I must have left my soap in the shower yesterday and it was gone this morning. I'll have to buy something in Santo Domingo de Calzada, if I see a store. I am disappointed because I had special camp soap that was good for clothes washing as well as showering. I will probably have to find two different products now.

On the way to Granon today, I stopped Santo Domingo de la Calzada and spent about an hour on the cathedral/museum and also climbed the bell tower.

Also in Santo Domingo I want to visit the church to see the chickens related to the miracle attributed here. I presume they are not the same medieval fowl, but the church likes to keep the story alive. The story is about a miracle purportedly performed by the Saint.

A young lad was unjustly hanged, unbeknownst to his parents on the way to Santiago. On their return trip, the parents saw their son still hanging several days later, but still alive. They rushed to the Sheriff's home, where he was sitting down to a chicken dinner and announced that their sob was still alive. The sheriff said that he was no more alive than the chicken on his plate, upon which, the chicken flew up from the table. The sheriff saw this as a miracle and ran to cut down the boy, who was alive, and gave him a full pardon. As a result of this miracle, the church has two live chickens in a cage within the church, during visiting hours, presumably not the same ones from medieval times.

In the picture, the yellow smudge is the chickens. I could see them moving around, but
they are well above eye level, presumably for their protection.

I seem to be traveling at about the same daily pace as Louie from the Netherlands and Sylvie/Alfredo from France, but we only see each other in the evenings as our walking paces, breaks and starting times differ.

I arrived in Granon to find few choices for bed. One hostel has only mats on the floor, a second was full, and the third has 12 or so beds, but only one bathroom. There was a long line for the shower/toilet. I didn't think much of it, so I went looking for alternatives. I've ended up splurging on a private room with a bathroom in a hotel with a kitchen and washer, which I appear to have all to myself. At 50€ it is probably not surprising.

I am happy to have showered (a nice long shower where I didn't have to worry about my clothes getting wet or my wallet and stuff while in the shower, or about who was waiting in line). I've washed my clothes and hung them to dry - I can't believe how long it took to wash; I must have pressed the wrong buttons, but anyway it is done now.

Even with the splurge hotel today, I am still within the budget I set, so that's OK. Albergues are usually 10€ or less and food/drink is only about 20-25€ per day.

I'll have to find some soap tomorrow as the stores are pretty much all closed today, being Sunday. I was able to find some fruit, yogurt and bread and sardines, which will do for dinner. My only other choice is to crash the 8pm dinner at the albergue, but it's too late for me.

It's very hot out, but my hotel room is very cool. There's also a small patio, obviously for smokers and for hanging laundry. The bars are closed so everyone seems to be in their own places now. It's unusually quiet.

I'm going to walk over to the church and see what time mass is. If I have sufficiently dry, appropriate-for-church clothes to wear, I'll attend. There's not much town to walk around in, but I'll see what I can see.

Not a very eventful day, but I had a few chats with fellow pilgrims along the way and here in Granon. I really liked being able to climb the bell tower today.

I missed seeing Jaime in Santo Domingo by about an hour. He twisted his ankle, so he's pretty miserable and doesn't know if he can walk tomorrow. He sent me a picture of himself feeling miserable.

I'll walk to Tosantos tomorrow - only about 20 km. Only 555 km to Santiago.

View-from-the-bell-tower

View-from-the-bell-tower

Chicken's Home

Chicken's Home

Cool pilgrim sculpture

Cool pilgrim sculpture

Climbing the bell tower

Climbing the bell tower

A typical fuente fountain

A typical fuente fountain

Streets of Granon

Streets of Granon

Posted by Deb Godley 15:41 Archived in Spain

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