25 km today. Most of the last 15 in driving rain.

I made an incredibly wise purchase last night, though: a rain poncho for backpackers! It’s sort of a raincoat/poncho crossover. It zips up the front and goes all the way around with solid seams so things won’t go flying everywhere in wind. It has snaps to undo that provide extra material for a backpack. It’s GREAT! I still wish I didn’t have to use it, but better to have it and be dry than even more miserable in the rain.

We came into the albergue sort of half-drowned, dripping everywhere. After a hot shower, I took a glorious TWO-HOUR NAP. Yes, this is a good day. Despite all the rain.

Along the way today, we passed 500 kilometres. We have less than 300 to go! Wow, I sort of can’t believe that I have walked more than 500 kilometres! Today also completes three full weeks of walking. I feel a bit like I have been doing this forever. It is the only thing I have ever done… The world shrinks down around me to the walking I will do each day. On the other hand, the rest, eating, fellowship, and conversations with friends from literally every continent expand the world around me again.


Yes -good internet connection. Here, enjoy this photo of me!

4 thoughts on “Day 21: León to San Martín

  1. Wow I can’t believe it either Bethany. 500 km!!!! You’re an inspiration to us all! Love the poncho!
    So love reading your blog and hearing all your stories. Have a great sleep and enjoy your day tomorrow.

  2. Bethany – congratulations on what you have accomplished so far! It has been great to read your posts regularly (and experience the Camino vicariously through you)! Praying for your safety, health, and continued inspiration as you journey.
    PS: too bad the poncho isn’t blue – you could be a smurf! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Rob! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it! I was a little disappointed, too. The mannequin at the store was wearing a blue poncho, but the only ones for sale were red.

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