• Ryan Newman

Camino Conversations and Spanish Traffic Jams

Day 17 (Ledigos to El Burgo Ranero)

Distance: 20.80 miles (33.47KM)

Steps: 48,700

Time: 6 hours, 38 minutes

Total Distance To-Date: 266.57 Miles (429 KM)

“The best ideas start as conversations.” —Jonathan Ive (English Designer)

After yesterday, I think I should start with a weather update. As I started out today at 6:45AM, it was 32 degrees but clear skies. Even though the temperature never got above 49 degrees, the clear skies and sunshine made it feel perfect.

People have asked me, “What do you talk about with the people you meet on the Camino?” Brief conversations typically center around the Camino, the weather, and information about upcoming towns and sites.

However, when you spend hours talking to someone on the Camino, the topics are wide-ranging. Caitlyn and I have spent a few days walking together. Yesterday, we discovered that we both love the novel “Pillars of Fire.” We have talked about interior design (her career), religion, family, travel, relationships, etc.

Today, we took our conversation to a new level. We spent two hours in the morning talking about . . . food. I don’t recommend talking about food you love and can’t get immediately while walking in a foreign country on an empty stomach. When the conversation reached the taboo subject of hamburgers, we tortured ourselves with stories of In-n-Out, Five Guys, and Burgerville (An Oregon place I need to try).

By the time we reached the town of Sahagún, we had one mission: Despite it being a holiday in Spain, Caitlyn and I sought out and found the only bar in Sahagún serving hamburgers at 10:30AM. Yes, don’t judge us—we had been walking 3+ hours and were hungry. Yesterday hot dogs, today hamburgers—again don’t judge us! By the way, the burgers were good and the bar attendant/cook even grilled the onions.

As we left Sahagún, we ran into a Spanish traffic jam. No words can explain it best, so I encourage you to watch the video below. I will say, thankfully, Caitlyn and I didn’t discuss lamb chops instead of hamburgers during our walk into Sahagún or the exit out of Sahagún might have been a little awkward.

Lesson of the Day: Choose your discussion topics wisely, you never know where they may lead.


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