Date: 6 May 2017
Departure time: 06:45
Arrival Time: 12:15
Distance: 20 kms
Cumulative Distance: 290 kms
Percentage Completed: 37.1%
Accommodation: Hotel Fernán González
Weather: Cold and windy 11 degrees
Debra – Beginning and end of walk was beautiful, middle of walk was boring
Mark – Day of three parts – pretty, ugly, pretty
We left Atapuerca to a beautiful sunrise and climbed sharply over rocky terrain to reveal beautiful views of Burgos. After about 8 kilometres we reached the industrial outskirts of Burgos which included a long walk around the perimeter of the airport. This section was drab and boring. The final section was along the river through a municipal parkland.
We are staying at the Hotel Férnan González which is good value for €66 per night.
Cindy’s foot continues to improve, with her being able to walk the entire distance today. Mark is being plagued by blisters and has spent a quiet afternoon in Burgos. The others are off exploring the town.
One thing we have found about the Camino thus far is our average rate of walking. Before we left Australia, we thought we would average 4.5 kilometres per hour with our loaded backpacks, however, in reality we are walking about 3.5 kilometres per hour. This includes the odd small break and we probably underestimated the effect of having a backpack on, the difficulty of some of the terrain and the number of hills we had to climb. However it should be said that our walking pace is by no means universal with many younger pilgrims walking faster than us, and many older pilgrims walking a bit slower.