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    • Day 17

      Weirdest Evening Ever

      May 20 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

      Stayed at Casa rural el Molino Vilviestre de Muño which was a converted Farmhouse. Very nice from the outside.
      Was greeted by some old guy who seemed to live in part of the house and had maybe had a few vinos. No sign of the woman who I'd booked with through WhatsApp.
      I couldn't understand the old guy but I understood I was to choose one of the 4 rooms. I asked about the food situ as it was in the middle of nowhere and it seemed there was no food option in the accommodation as there normally is. The wifey that normally runs the place is having a night out In Burgos 🤣
      A French couple arrived that spoke very little English but it seemed there was a plan to drive us to a shop/takeaway. Turns out the vino old guy drove us to a "restaurant' which was actually a cafe attached to a petrol station.
      We had the Menu del Dia, I had 3 courses that were all absolutely shite and I had to sit next to the French couple. So awkward. Turns out the old guy didn't come back for us, some other guy turned up in a works van and took us back🤣
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    • Day 17

      Burgos to Hornillos

      May 20 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Started late about 10.20am and stopped for tortilla and coffee in Tardajos. Took the wrong route out of there but soon realised there were no arrows so I turned back. I was doing a good pace today as it was very flat. I can do about 5km an hour. The terrain is going to be like that for the next week and a bit as I go through the Meseta. A flat plateau of wheat fields. No trees for shade and fewer towns to break up the day. Weather was freeing at times again.... such a cold wind. Got to my destination then managed to get a taxi straight away to my accommodation which is 10km off Camino. I'm in a place where they filmed scenes for the film 'The Way' with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez. There's nothing else near the accommodation so not sure if I'll even get a meal tonight. I've got a bag of chewy sweets, though.
      My Relive video didn't work today. I forgot to end the trip then started travelling in the taxi and it crashed.
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    • Day 21

      Burgos to Hornillos del Camino (Estépar)

      September 27, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      9.27.2017 Wednesday

      And so, well rested, we continue our journey once again. Early to rise and on our way by 7:30 am. Of course, first stop is a local coffee bar for cafè and croissant. Oddly, todays 13 mile (20k) walk is an easy day. The first half was a flat walk where we met new pilgrims (Australians, Brazilians, Virginians) and several familiar faces. After a refreshmemt (and relief) stop we came upon a quaint church where nuns gave a blessing and a Blessed Virgin medal. From there we walked up and up and up through dry, hot, fields. A time for contemplation.
      We arrived at our casa rural El Melino del Camino. A beautiful serene home in the middle of nowhere. After booking, we discovered this is where Martin Sheen filmed a scene from "The Way" His grandson actually fell in love with proprietor's daughter, married her and they own the casa. This wonderful peaceful home felt like a gift from God.
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    • Day 21

      Behind the Scenes - Life on the Camino

      September 27, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Our photos are all beautiful and full of smiles. So what is a typical day really like.

      Up by 6:30am -
      Showering the night before might give you a few minutes more to sleep.

      Check the weather forecast -
      Determine how many layers and in which order to wear them. No need to worry about what to choose from because you only have two of everything.

      Repack your backpack-
      ... and hope the clothes you washed the night before are dry. Pin wet clothes to the outside of your backpack.

      Tape your feet! -
      The most important part of the Camino is foot preparation. If you had a hot spot yesterday, protect it today. Compeed bandage if it's a blister. Paper tape or bandaid if it's a area that rubs and may cause a blister. Some put Vaseline on their feet everyday. Others put paper tape on the bottom of their feet to prevent blisters.
      No guarantees anything works 100%

      The walk.
      Don't forget your trekking poles!
      For some reason, most days, the walk began up hill. Easy if you're 20, harder if you're trying to keep up with the 20 year olds. The pace is up to you. We seem to start out at a middle of the road pace. We would pass by many people (now friends) who walked quite slow. At the end of the day, they always caught up. They must have left at 6am because they were always ahead in the morning.

      IT'S NOT A RACE. Easy to remember because everyone walks at different pace.
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    Estépar, Estepar

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