A successful 13 km moderately hilly walk with everyone able to complete the trek, and a wonderful Meetup with a Canadian couple I walked with last year. Clouds and mist made for cool walking up and down lanes shaded with canopies of trees. We had coffee with some Americans working for their church at a way staton, and kept going steadily through to lunch.
My brother continues to amaze me. A year ago he could barely walk a quarter mile, but after making the decision to live a better quality life he began daily walking. After getting up to 6 miles (and more) a day he decided that he could do a short Camino walk with me. It had to be disappointing when his surgically repaired back acted up on the first day, forcing him to finish with a cab but he has continued to walk. Today had some pretty stiff uphill sections, but he powered through. I believe his already good fitness has improved as we all have adjusted just over the first few days on the Camino. He may yet have some sections which may be too tough, but he can now see that with better training, anything is possible.
At lunch, I heard someone call my name, and it turned out to be Ken and Ruthie. I got a chance to walk with them last year in France for a week or so. We are both stopping in the same town tonight so I hope to see them again.
I love the gatherings at stops along the way. Last night at dinner, in addition to our California 4, we had a nice couple from Denmark, two Dominican nuns from San Jose, and an American couple from Ann Arbor who started their lives in India and Guatemala. I wonder what tomorrow will bring?