Wheat and more wheat – can be kinda prayerfull

The Meseta – Today was the beginning of 6 days walking through the Meseta (plateau). The Meseta is one long rolling path through endless wheat fields. It was a 32km (5 ½ hour) walk on a windy, sunny day in the high 40’s – perfect walking weather. Helped by the fact that for the first time the wind was at our backs – I’ll take any help I can get. The whole day was kinda boring in a pleasant kind of way. I will confess that I did catch myself talking to myself the last hour – out loud.

The day ended with a rather good communal meal of salad and paella. Not a lot to add past that – it was that kind of day.

Here are some pictures from the day, see if you can pick up on the theme. Peace

Burgos, a day of rest and lots of walking

Burgos – Spent the last two days in Burgos. It was a planned rest day although I am not sure that I needed it. It however was really nice and time well spent. Burgos is a beautiful city and home to the Burgos Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Castillo de Burgos and the Museum of Human Evolution which is one of the finest archeological and anthropological museums in the world. The reason the museum is located here is that the Atapuerca excavation which is the site of the oldest hominids found in Europe is only a couple of miles away. I had the chance to visit all three places and many more, mostly very old churches.

The other thing Burgos is know for is good food – lets just say I visited many of those sites as well.

Tomorrow begins the Meseta, 10 days of very long walks through flat(ish), dry, hot, massive flocks of sheep and sun soaked wheat fields – as a friend of mine says, “Kansas with lots of old churches and roads built by the Romans.” Pray for me – it is mind numbingly boring.

Here are some pictures from Burgos – Peace

Flying

Stage 9 – Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado

One thing I have learned is that I should look at my elevation map before I leave in the morning – today was a lot hillier then I expected – nice surprise 😳. That said it was a pleasant 16 miles in unexpectedly cool weather (that’s good). Met some nice folks and reconnected with some others.

Not a lot to say about the day or at least nothing interesting enough to need to share – so here are my 2 favorite pics from the day.

Santo Domingo’s latest miracle is the temporary healing of my knees.

Stage 8 – Nájera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada

This posting will be pretty short, I have nothing terribly witty (shocking I know) or insightful (not so shocking) to offer. Todays walk was quite pleasant, my knees felt good and I had no problem caring the weight of my pack. I walked with a young women from the states that reminded me of Maddy, my daughter, she kept me throughly amused all morning. It takes a 22 yr old women to out talk me and she did. A fun conversation tends to make the walk easy no matter who it is with.

Today’s end point was Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Santo Domingo was one of the great heroes of the ancient Camino – look it up and report back it’s worth the trouble and I am not here to do your research, I already know the story and it’s a good one. The cathedral here that is his burial place is one of my favorite Spanish churches. Spanish Churches tend to be over the top in the bling department and a bit much for my taste. By Spanish standards The Cathedral of Santo Domingo is quite understated.

Today is also a festival day here and that has been fun – lots of adults and kids in traditional dress. I still haven’t figured out what the festival was but it was something like Labor Day mixed with a local religious holiday 🤷🏼‍♂️.

I am looking forward to a nice walk tomorrow and who knows who I will meet along the way. As always here are some pictures from the day.

Peace.