Day 2: Aviles to Cudillero

Today the real Camino started. We walked the actual path for the whole 29km, I suffered minor big toe blisters and my Camino partner Neo lost a good kilo or two. The path took us through wonderful farmlands, thick and lush forests with really steep inclines and declines. Although the morning started cool by 11:30 the summer sun was in full shine and temperatures reached 27 degrees. The Camino is really not a joke or a holiday but requires application and effort as well some relatives fitness. This has given us a clear hint of what lies ahead for the balance of some 250 to 300 odd km to Santiago, my blisters not withstanding.

Now for the highlights. 2km into the walk as we were exiting the Aviles city centre we came across, wait for it, a special needs school. A Devine intervention if you believe in one. We made a whistle stop and chatted to two teachers. This was an unbelievable facility and model of what we need to work hard at establishing and developing back home. The other highlight was also coming across other pilgrims for the first time, YAnnick (from France) and Elaine (from Switzerland) who kept us company till about the halfway mark, at which point we stopped for a cold beer and salad. Once refreshed we soldiered on till we reached Cudillero, a really beautiful seaside holiday town. Do yourself a favour and come see this picturesque Spanish gem before you bid this earth goodbye. We topped the day with a alfresco dinner of seafood tapas at Julio’s Bar in the town’s main square with Allison and Larry from Alexandra, Virginia USA. A wonderful retired couple touring the world, who on hearing about the story behind the walk pledged €50 on the spot.

All’s well that ends well.