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  • Day29

    Day 29a. Hontanas, Camino.

    September 2, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Next the pilgrim village of Hontanas, which means fountains a name given to the village because of the sheer number of them in the area, is dominated by the 14th century Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción.
    We bipassed the obvious bar/cafe and ventured deeper into the town. There we found a small collection of second breakfast options but chose the one that spoke English. "English" I ventured without much hope. "Yes" She replied,"to be sure to be sure". Well she didn't really but she was Irish. We had a nice chat, 2 coffees each, second breakfast and rang Grandma Win. Afterall it was her first day in the retirement home for a respite visit. She was quite chipper.
    Here again we met the Irish couple we caught up with yesterday as we were walking into Hornillos. Ron saw him pass the windows of our Irish Pub. We sat inside as it was too breezy outside. He had clearly kissed the Blarney Stone but we are still quite happy with his company. He and his wife came in for a coffee and Peregrino sandwiches.
    After Hontanas the path took us past the ruins of the Molino del Cubo, an abandoned mill and through the deserted village of San Miguel before eventually coming across the ruins of the gothic Monasterio de San Antón and the remains of its pilgrims hospital.
    San Antón was impressive although much was missing it was pretty much symmetrical and enough was present to make up the rest. The road went straight through the church Arch.
    Across the road was a bar/cafe where the property just seemed to be squatting. The owner had a makeshift room and WC. We stopped for drinks.
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  • Day29

    Day 29b. Monasterio de San Antón

    September 2, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    The San Antón Pilgrim hospital was founded by el Orden de los Antonianos (Antonis), a French religious order believed to have healing powers. They specialised in treating a disease known as Saint Anthony's fire, a disease that caused the sensation of burning inside the body if its victims. Other symptoms included gangrene, hallucinations, nausea and vomiting, amongst a raft of other symptoms. The disease originates from a fungus infecting Rye. Unfortunately the treatment was amputation.
    Having read this Ron thinks he probably has it...or it could be the hot churros and beer.
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  • Day21

    Tardajos to Hontanas

    May 10, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Hello everyone from Castrojeriz, Spain. I was not able to post yesterday due to the WiFi situation in Hontanas. Apparently there was no internet working in the town. When I say in the town, I mean the two or three albergues that cater to pilgrim travelers because other than that, there were no signs of life. The walk through the meseta was cold and blustery but fortunately, it was a east to west wind so it was at my back all day. I arrived in Hotanas at around 3 pm and there were not many beds available so I grabbed up one. Like I have said, albergues are not my favorite but it was threatening rain and there was no shelter for my tent. I ended up in a room with a guy from Georgia, one from Boston and a guy from Germany. It was a decent night all in all. They served a pilgrim meal at one big table for all of the travelers which consisted of chicken paella, salad, dessert and all the red wine anyone could ever want. The chicken paella was delicious which they served in a huge wok shaped pan on the table. One unique thing about Hotanas is that you approach it for miles and can’t see it until you are on top of it and you start down into this little valley. That’s all I’ve got for now, I hope this finds everyone well and thank you as usual for checking in!Read more

  • Day11

    Ninth stop - Hontanas

    May 9, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Burgos -> 31km -> Hontanas
    Entered the Meseta region of Spain, which is known for it's plains and long roads. Beautiful walk, although seemed never ending at one point. Hontanas is a lovely discovery, not noticeable until the very last momentRead more

  • Day22

    Phase Two begins

    May 24, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    I'm covering the next 200km, from Burgos to León, on an orange rental bike named Honey Badger.

    This part of Spain is known as The Meseta-- flat, agricultural, hot. Some say it's the favorite part of their Camino, with open skies and plenty of time to think. I'm thinking of it like crossing Kansas or Oklahoma in Summer, and want to get the f♧&: across it.

    Riding will shave a week off, but it's no cake walk. Pulling a loaded bike uphill-- it's not totally flat here-- is a bitch, especially on gravel in 90°-plus heat. But I see it as another chance to try something new, before switching back to feet and sticks to finish.
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  • Day17

    Today's walk

    September 3, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    It was a long hot day. I probably should have stopped earlier. I'm pretty sure that the signs that said 5 km to Hontanas were wrong, because it sure felt more like 10 km. In total it was about 19.5 miles today.Read more

  • Day23


    September 21, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We've left the bustle of Burgos behind us and opted for a short day - around 20 km rather than 30. The Meseta reminds us of home on the prairies, big skies, sun baked fields, and sparse populations. Far fewer pilgrims meant we had much of the way to ourselves, such a change from the last few days. The rhythm of our poles and the vast horizons lulled me into a much more contemplative mood.Read more

  • Day12

    Give a Pilgrim a grape ...

    September 21, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    and he'll take a cluster.

    Pilgrims are a rather unkempt, smelly and disheveled bunch until rejuvenating showers in the late afternoom make us human again. In the big cities we stick out like sore thumbs, often our laundry blowing in the breeze, safety pinned to our backpacks to dry wet socks or shirts.

    Notwithstanding our appearances we will invariably be greeted by complete strangers with a genuine "Buen Camino" -- literally have a good Camino. Last week, Coleen and I walked along a dirt path where a Spanish troop of about 70 khaki clad soldiers wielding carbines were taking a rest-on-your-haunches break. We were treated with well wishes and dozens of Buen Caminos by smiling troops.

    Perhaps we're not such a bad lot after all.
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  • Day49

    Burgos to Hontanas

    September 21, 2016 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Wed, Sept 21: developed a bit of tendonitis just above my left foot so had my backpack courriered today to meet me at the albergue in Hontanas where we finally stopped after a 31 km (just over 19 miles) walk. First day walking through the mesetas . . . open, flat stretch of land with huge blue sky's. Another beautiful day.

    Pic#3 more sunflower fields with a few smiley faces created in the flowers
    Pic#4 sunset from our albergue
    Pic#5 part of my Camino family: (L to R)Young from S. Korea, Agustin from Argentina, Harley from Canada, Antonio (Spaniard now living in Germany)
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  • Day49

    Burgos Pics

    September 21, 2016 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Tues, Sept 20: Again, wow. Burgos is my favorite "large" city so far along the Camino. The cathedral inside was almost too overwhelming to capture with my silly cell phone camera. Check out a couple of highlights from the day and evening though.

    Pic#1 pedestrian/bicycle promenade along the Rio Arlanzon
    Pic#2 entrance from the promenade into the main plaza where you come face to face with the cathedral
    Pic#3 cathedral
    Pic#4 people here seem to love their dogs as much as the folks in Portland
    Pic#4 chillin' with a pilgrim in bronze in front of the cathedral
    Pic#5 Camino friends
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