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El Camino: Day 20 (El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mulas)

Posted on 03 October 2012 by christie

Woman with baby

Woman on the Camino with her 18 month old baby

Our two 30 kilometer days left us exhausted and excited to sleep in this morning. As we were waking up, we heard our names, “Christie! Brett! Christie! Brett!”. We jumped up thinking it was the bag transport company “Camino Facil“. I looked down from our balcony and low and behold there was Dee Anna wondering if we were coming to walk. Apparently, she has been throwing rocks at someone else’s window thinking it was our room. We told her to go on and we’d catch up later.

We had a lazy morning and by the time we set off on the road it was close to 10:00. The entire first 13 km stretch from Burgo Ranero to Reliegos village was quite monotonous. The Camino path is tree-lined gravel next to a side road. The scenery is all the same with flat dry plains with a few patches of trees with picnic areas for relaxing. As we had left late today, we didn’t see many pilgrims on the road. We did run into the Spanish hippie woman who is traveling with her 18-month old boy. She chugs along pushing him in a three wheel stroller. Sometimes she sleeps in the albergue when they allow babies. Otherwise, they sleep outside in a tent….. must be freezing! Continue Reading

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El Camino: Day 19 (Moratinos to El Burgo Ranero)

Posted on 02 October 2012 by christie

Left to Santiago

Only 315km to Santiago! I think this sign is actually a bit optimistic, it’s more like 375km left!

The quiet deserted town of Moratinos allowed us to have one of the soundest sleeps of the Camino. While still dark outside, we woke up to meet our pilgrim friends Al and Ronda (from British Columbia) for breakfast. Their Hostal Moratinos is run by a kind German couple. We had our first vegetable egg omelette in a long time, and it came with lovely pumpernickel bread.

Although the sun was just rising, several pilgrims were arriving in Moratinos from Terradillos de Templarios. I can not believe how early people set out while it’s still pitch black outside. I wondered why? What’s the reason to do the Camino in the dark? Do they not want to see Spain or the Camino? I have yet to answer this question….. but, I have a few hunches. Several pilgrims leave early to be the first to arrive at their choice of albergue. Many albergues fill up so fast, it’s a race for pilgrims to claim their bed. While this may be understandable, aren’t these pilgrims missing the Camino’s spiritual essence by rushing through it each day? Continue Reading

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