Day 19 – Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz

Day 19 – Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz

Date: 20 September 2018

Departure Time: 06:52 am
Arrival Time: 12:30 pm
Distance: 20.4 kms
Cumulative Distance: 345.1 kms
Percentage Completed: 37.34%
Accommodation: Iacobus
Weather: Early morning fog but beautiful sunny day – 27 degrees

Today’s walk once again began in heavy fog, and we walked for the first 90 minutes in the dark with headlights. We stopped for breakfast in one of our favourite small towns – Hontanas. That was after walking about 11 kilometres through brown countryside. About 8 kilometres later we rested and drank at a quaint bar near the medieval ruins of San Anton. This had been a Monastery which tended to people with leprosy.

We stayed the night in the village of Castrojeriz. It only has a popolation of about 200, but features three amazing churches. We had dinner with pilgrims from the UK and the USA, who were amazing globetrotters.

The downside of the day was Mark’s feet – yet again????. His little toe is still too sore to get into a boot, and his sandals have caused the balls of his feet to be very tender. Tomorrow is likely to be a taxi day. This situation did cause us to have a revelation. People often say that walking the Camino (with all its simplicity) helps put life into perspective. However, Mark was quite annoyed for a while about his feet situation, as we may miss a 24 kilometre walking leg to tomorrow. Then it dawned on us that the Camino may be actually having the opposite effect – talk about sweating the small stuff by being upset that tomorrow’s task is to catch a taxi between two very quaint Spanish villages. Hopefully now we are a bit more refocused.

Heavy fog leaving Hornillos

Sunrise through the fog
Attending to blisters
Entering Hontanas
Entering Hontanas
San Anton Monastery Ruins
A welcome rest stop before Castrojeriz
Entering Castrojeriz

Eating area Hotel Iacobus


One thought on “Day 19 – Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz

  1. Great to see that you guys are back walking. Sorry to hear that Mark is having trouble with his feet again. Day 19 was a very enjoyable walk. Keep save and look after your feet.

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