Posted on 02 October 2012 by christie
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
Posted on 01 October 2012 by christie
The long 30 kilometer day ahead
This particular section of the Meseta is extremely desolate with very few villages, restaurants or places to stay. We had to make some hard decisions since the towns are so spread out and there is a lot of ground to cover between Burgos and Leon. We opted to make two long 30 kilometer days back to back. It didn’t help all the stores are closed in Carrion de los Condes on Sunday. We didn’t have any food for the first 17 kilometer stretch of nothingness to Calzadilla de la Cueza.
Pilgrims taking a rest after the longer 17 km stretch of nothingness
On our way out of town, Dee Anne flagged us down to have some coffee in a local cafe. We walked with her for the first 4 kilometers out of town, and then she fell back taking some alone time. We were all in good spirits as Dee Anne decided to try our idea to listen to an audiobook while walking. Like many of us, she’s been having a rough time physically and emotionally on the Camino. Today in particular could easily be torturous as we were mostly just walking into emptiness. There is not much distinct scenery or towns. Just you, the open road, nature and other pilgrims. You really need to dig deep inside yourself and make the journey positive on your own. This can become challenging at times as our minds like to wander into negative thoughts about the past or future. We have been making a conscious effort to be in the present and notice the life and nature all around us. Continue Reading