|5:00am||Wake up because someone is rustling plastic bags as they prepare for an early start.|
|5:15am||Go back to sleep|
|6:15am||Wake up again, more hikers are preparing to leave|
|6:30am||Finally decide to get up as getting back to sleep is hopeless.
|7:30am||Leave and start hiking.|
|7:40am||Realize that you forgot your stretching exercises, so stop to stretch some.
|8:10am||Encounter a tempting bar. Decide to stop for coffee and a tortilla, pastry, or toast.
|8:45am||Leave and hike some more.|
|9:30am||Stop to put on suntan lotion and to stow your fleece jacket.
|9:40am||Serious hiking begins.|
|9:50am||Stop to remove stone from shoe.
|9:55am||Serious hiking begins again.|
|9:57am||Stop to tighten and/or loosen shoe laces.|
|10:00am||Serious hiking begins for real.
Stop occasionally to take pictures, drink water, rest, explore churches, etc.
|11:30am||Mid-morning snack: Fruit, water, trail mix, etc. Possibly find a bar, have a drink and use the toilet.|
|12:15pm||More serious hiking with occasional stops, as above.|
|2:00pm||Encounter restaurant OR stop to have lunch on the trail. Whichever, take some time to take off shoes and socks (not in the restaurant – please!) and air everything out.
|3:00pm||More hiking, remember to stretch first this time.|
|4:00pm||Encounter bar: Stop for a cool drink and a bathroom break.|
|4:15pm||More hiking, occasional stops.|
|5:45pm||Finally locate the albergue.
Find the hospitalero and check in:
|6:00pm||Unpack and wash up
|7:00pm||Relax, read, play cards, chat with other pilgrims, nap, use internet, etc. (depends on what’s locally available).
|8:00pm||Dinner at local restaurant, usually having the “Menu del Dia” or the “Menu del Peregrino”.
OR use the facilities at the albergue to make your own food.
|9:30pm||Back to the albergue, fetch clothes from clothesline on the way. Complain about expensive “quick dry” clothes that do not dry quickly. Possibly play more cards, chat some more with other pilgrims, etc.
|10:30pm||Go to bed|
As you can tell, we hiked on a pretty relaxed schedule. In general, our approach was to enjoy the walking as much as possible, even if this meant walking fewer kilometers per day.