Friday 13 September 2013

Sept 13/13 Friday a 20 km day

FIrst of all, we are hoping you got yesterdays post in ENGLISH ! trouble with keeping this spanish computer in english!!
We arose in the dark, headlites on and began dressing and packing.  Once outside we sat in the dark on dewy chairs and ate yogurt, peaches and mixed nuts.  At 7am we hit the camino trail.  It was cool, Dark and quiet. Soon the sun was up but was not intense.  When it came over the horizon it turned the hay fields an incredible golden colour! The were illuminated with light, a miracle from above. The windmills were glinting silver as well.
After 11 km we stop for coffee and croissants in Hontanas , yummy, we had second coffees and hit the trail once more. On the outskirts of Castrojeriz we came through San Anton which is an incredible ruins, we walked right through it on the path as he workers were restoring it in the old way.  We arrived in Castrojeriz, a town of 600 inhabitants, so medium in size. The town is strung out in a 2 km line, it is a major stopping place on the camino with 8 hostels/casas. Our hotel/casa is 2 star, which may not sound like much by our standards but it is VERY nice. Up on the hill is a castle ruins where there would be a magnificient view, but we decided not to hike it, being careful of what we put our feet through.
After showers and laundry, which we do in the sink and hang outside on the rooftop garden deck we went looking for beer and early dinner. As we walked around the old stone streets we came across a hospital which was not really a hospital (go figure, maybe it used to be), but a kind of a sanctuary that had some beautiful pictures and sayings below. (Sandy bought a book and I bought a couple of cards). The building was very old and creaky in places, candles burning, and soft music in the background.  The fellow who was restoring it was there so we met him and thanked him for his efforts.
WE stopped in a bar and although dinner didnĀ“t start till 6 the senor agreed  to seat and feed us early. We all had a fabulous lentil soup, tender beef stew and some disappointing pasta (note to self Spain is not Italy) a cold san Miguel beer and a bottle of red, rice pudding and creme carmel.A long walk back to our rural hotel, checking on our laundry.  Sandy has walked to the other end of town to 7pm mass and the other 3 of us are relaxing in our room for the night.  We will prepare our packs and lights out early as we have 25 km tomorrow with a strenuous uphill to start.


At 13 September 2013 at 11:21 , Blogger Ainsley said...

A couple of comments:
1. You slept on a concerete floor and are excited about 2 star lodgings.... what has become of you ladies?!
2. Is this really a walking tour, or a drinking tour?
3. Love to all of you!

At 13 September 2013 at 20:42 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep it up girls! Proud of you all
Joan xoxoxo

At 14 September 2013 at 09:12 , Blogger Sharon said...

You took the words out of my mouth Ainsley, I was thinking exactly the same!!
Sounds like quite an adventure already and you are only just starting.
Hope today has been kind to you.

At 14 September 2013 at 20:57 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My last comment disappeared...what did I say? It has finally cooled down today.
So nice to relax, paint, and get my hair chopped off. Thank goodness for weekends.
I want to get check out where you are on google earth, and follow along. I love your descriptions! The food sounds delish too. Good to know you are sampling the local's the only way to travel.
Happy feet..and happy travels.


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