I left my hostal at 8:15, aimed for the river and northward, more or less.
For those of you who wonder why the guidebooks say 22 km, let me start with 2 important points:
- I do not claim to have a great sense of direction.
- Rightly considered, inconveniences are an adventure.
Instead of a double decker bus tour of Seville or a visit to the Museum of Flamenco Dance, I opted for a walking tour of the industrial outskirts of Camas. Being a totally unguided tour, it added 4.2 km to the distance! I have a precise Map-My-Walk record to prove it. Today was sunny and warm, getting up to the mid- to high 20s. It was a bit of a slog, especially with jet lag.
Sunday flea market on the outskirts of Seville.
It was odd to not see a single other pilgrim for the first few hours until I came upon an Austrian couple who were stopping in Santiponce (halfway) for the night and another man walked by across the street. Further along I came upon a Dutch woman resting. I was the first pilgrim she had seen in 7 days, as she had walked from Cadiz.
I was very glad to reach Guillena and was quite tired. In the end, 9 of us stayed at Luz del Camino albergue – me, a man from Nanaimo (BC), a couple from Quebec, the Dutch woman, 2 separate Australians, one German, and a Belgian woman (the only one much under 50). Most have walked caminos before.
In Guillena we saw a procession – to be repeated in many towns until Easter.
Had dinner together at the nearby old people’s daycare centre which makes dinners for pilgrims at an earlier time than the restaurants in town. So we ate at 7:30 and were in bed by 9:30.