One day you will wake up and there won’t be anymore time to do the things you always wanted. Do it now. -Paulo Carlao
I left Ledigos at daybreak to avoid the afternoon heat as much as possible. I went through a couple small towns where I had a couple of small breakfasts- so delicious! I then moved into a new province called Leon. The first town in this province is a fairly large town called Sahagun. The maseta is winding down and soon the mountain ranges that form its border with Asturias and Galatia will come into sharp focus.
When I arrived in Sahagun, my goal was to find an ATM. Only the larger towns have ATMs. I noticed an Italian woman trying to converse with a local and I could tell by her gestures she was looking for an ATM too. We became Camino buddies in search of an ATM. While neither of us spoke each other’s verbal language we could communicate with gestures. We found the ATM and high fived each other after we secured our cash. Thus, she was off for her Tabacs and I in search of a Coke Zero. The path out of Sahagun went two ways. With all my notes and aps, I was still confused and I was worried I would get on the wrong path. When the split came, I saw a young man up ahead and asked him if he knew the way to Bercianos (that was my destination and where I had secured lodging). If I got on the wrong path I would be far from where I wanted to be. He was Korean and spoke English. His name was Jin. He knew of the predicament but had been emailed a picture from one of his friends showing the correct way. Yeah! I was on the right path.
Jin and I walked for an hour together into my destination town. This town is very dilapidated and deserted. I was wondering what my accommodations would be and even as I found the door, I wondered what I was in for. Albeit the piles of junk laying around, the wheelbarrows of dirt, the empty vending machines, and the laundry tubs strewn around, my room is exceedingly nice. It is large and clean with two big windows. I could not ask for a nicer room. Alas, the Camino provides! Siesta is almost over so I will head to the supermarket for some staples.