Date: 19 September 2018
Departure Time: 07:08 am
Arrival Time: 12:30 pm
Distance: 21.3 kms
Cumulative Distance: 324.7 kms
Percentage Completed: 35.13%
Accommodation: La Casa del Abuelo
Weather: Early morning mist but beautiful sunny day – 26 degrees
Today was a thrilling day for Mark, because he missed this section last year due to blisters. However, the irony is that he is back walking in sandals due to blisters. Debra is injury free and Mark is jealous. She even face planted in a church as she didn’t see a step, and came up unscathed.
Today we started the meseta, walking in a heavy fog for the first few hours. Compared to last year, now that the grain has been harvested, the landscape is dry and brown. The walk itself was pretty bland and uneventful, although one pilgrim advised that she had encountered a naked man who was “self soothing” himself. A different pilgrim had reported a similar encounter to us the night before. So it would appear that a small proportion of Spanish menfolk are very expressive with their hands.
We stayed in the very small village of Hornillos del Camino, with a population of 60. We saw about 6 residents whilst we were there. However, it does feature a beautiful bar and restaurant (The Green Tree) run by an Irish woman. We had one of the best Menu del diá’s since being in Spain. We were entertained by a local woman who sang Edith Piaf’s songs in Spanish. We dined with 2 Australian pilgrims (Chris and Deb) – one of whom lives in Wellington Point in Brisbane.
Tomorrow we walk 22 kilometres to Castrojeriz.