People rushed, they considered it to be a race for beds. Well to be honest they found their beds, they had the rest of their day to spend in a small village, cooking, washing, sleeping or just hanging out. But what was the point of rushing? Just to find the bed?!
I know people who did not rush, and yes they did not find their beds in the village they were aiming to. Some of them walked even more, covering an extra 10 Km to reach the following village and get a bed; some decided to sleep in the open air or camp; and some even decided to go for expensive normal hostels not pilgrim houses (Lazy me and my slow group :D), or even take the outside beds, basically beds on the street!
As bad as this might sound, but I saw it as a good way to walk el Camino. It’s not a race, and enjoying the way is worth more than enjoying a bed at the end. “You will get there when it’s the time for you to be there.” That is what I’ve learned. You do not have to run and miss all the fun and the experience you can gain on your way just to get that bed. On the other hand, if you enjoy your walk at the speed that makes you comfortable, and find the gems of the way and learn those experiences by the heart, you have gained way more than those who found their beds earlier.
I also learned that this is applicable to real life, as when you rush to get at anywhere, be it a physical place or just a goal, you miss lots of amazing things on your way to that destination. Many things you wouldn’t have experienced anywhere else, many people you wouldn’t meet when you are there, but only get to meet on your way there. Always remember, it is not about where you’re going, it’s how you get there; it’s not about when you get there, it’s about how much you’ve gained on your way!