For most of the last three days we've been following the route of the Camino de Santiago. We occasionally head off it onto easier (faster) roads, but it's always there beside us. Following it, mostly on foot, are hundreds of pilgrims. They come in all shapes and sizes, but it is nice to have them there and to be reminded of the fact that we are not the only travellers on this ancient route. There are many added bonuses of their presence too. We meet interesting people. Today we met a bloke, Peter, from Palo Alto California who's been on the road for a year. He rode with us for a while and shared with us his stories of the road.
Added to this, for the past two nights, we've been able to stay in Pilgrim's refuges. We don't have to put up our tents, can get a shower and the opportunity to wash our kit. The one we're in tonight cost just 6 euros per person - far cheaper than most of the campsites we have stayed in. Also there are fairly regular roadside fountains for filling our bottles and the roads a quiet.
And there's free WiFi. This is a cyclist's paradise!