Day 1 of the Camino de Santiago: got a bike from my couchserfers and headed on a long voyage of aproximately 32 kilometres, trying to reach Orbigo, where I intended to stay for the night. Fell and hurt my knee till I was trying the bike, but besides that had a safe journey at least until some little village where another woman almost hit me as we both assumed we have seen each other and didnt stop.
I love cycling. When you are cycling you have to be non stop mindful and present and you have to balance well both looking at the road and enjoying the view that surrounds you and that many times distracts you. It is sooo beautiful!
The atmosphere is amazing: all the piligrims follow their own rhythm, its not a competition, but everyone enjoys himself and everyone is ready to help at any time…
Its incredible how a cheap salami can taste better than a 5 star meal when you eat it after kilometres of treking and cycling. Water is a treasure. Every sense gets hightened.
30 kilometres or more a day are a hell of a lot. Could I do more? Yes. It is incredible that your legs might pain so much but after a little break and especially when you follow your own pace, you get constantly recharged by the nature, by the others, by the happiness you feel overcoming yourself.
In the afternoon met Davide from Sicilia and walked together into Orbigo where we found a little cozy albergue where we stayed meeting some more Italians, a funny Spanish guy who kept buying wine and sharing it. Ate pasta together and got teased by the others for the fact Im doing the camino by bike and from Leon and not from France. Got to bed at 10 and fell asleep immediately.