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Población de Campos

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    • Day 23

      Day 20 Fromista to Carrion de Condes

      October 10, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 50 °F

      We had a shorter walk today, so we took our time heading out. The mornings are quite crisp now. We started out with hats, puffers and gloves. Within an hour or so we are back to shirt sleeves. We are continuing across the Maseta and took an alternate route that kept us in quiet countryside instead of near the highway. We were fortunate to find the Ermita de la Virgen del Rio church open to visit. We stopped for refreshments in Villacazar de Sirga which is home to the magnificent Knights of Templar church Santa Maria, open since the early 1300's. We ended the day in Carrion de Los Condes, where we were honored to celebrate the birthday of our new friend Ann which we met in Hornillos de Camino.Read more

    • Day 29

      Carrion de las Condes (18.9km / 366.9km)

      May 11, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

      Well, we got off to our early start and met up immediately with a group including Sally the dog! For those who have asked, Sally and her owner, Florence, walked from their home in Bordeaux to Burgos last year. This time they are walking from Burgos to Santiago. They walked a brisk pace and chatted a lot which helped us a lot, and the terrain was flat and weather a very cool 3 degrees, reaching the 10km breakfast spot in just under 2 hours. We didn’t see much of the scenery around us with the fast walking and chatting. After the break we slowed a little but made it to the Albergue we wanted at 11:30, before opening time. We got in easily this time as we were early. We treated ourselves to a wonderful hamburger for lunch which went down really well.
      Carrion de las Condes is a lovely town, combining the beautiful old buildings and roads with some very modern restaurants and shops and is quite big.
      The Albergue Peregrino Parochial de Santa Maria is run by the Augustine Sisters. There is another Albergue in town linked to the Monastery of Santa Clara run by the Madres Clarisas.
      We had a light, early dinner and beer before Mass at Santa Maria which is the parish connected to the Albergue. Mass was full with 49 pilgrims and plenty of parishioners too. It makes such a difference to a Parish having dedicated sisters involved. They brought an energy and lovely music. The priest was beautiful too and he gave each one of us an individual pilgrim blessing along with a paper star that the sisters had made. When we got back to the Albergue we socialised a little in the outside garden area before heading to bed.
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    • Day 22

      Going to Carrión de los Condes

      October 9, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 48 °F

      Today we walked 19 km alongside the highway to get to Carrión de los Condes. It was relatively flat and mostly not too hot.

      We passed a shepherd on the way. His herding dog was a goofy German Shepherd puppy, maybe 4-5 months old. Needless to say the pup wasn’t much help! The sheep spilled out of their enclosure, onto the Camino, and onto the highway where they stopped all traffic!

      We have been wondering for days how the sunflowers here are harvested. Today we saw two fields of flowers being harvested. We still don’t know how the oil is extracted but at least we saw the lawnmower-like machines cutting down the spent plants.

      David started out pretty well and didn’t carry a pack today due to his messed up back and “tilt.” But as the day wore on he started moving slower and tilting more. When we got to our hotel I spent a couple hours trying to figure out how to get him a massage. Out here in the countryside it is not easy! But tomorrow we’re walking slowly to Ledigos. David’s not carrying a pack and will use poles. Then we’ll take a taxi from our albergue (hostel) to the next town where he has an appointment for a massage. Here’s to hoping it does the trick!
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    • Day 20

      Day 19, Fromista to Carrion de los Conde

      June 11, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      This morning we fell in with Sheryl and Janice who have only one more day on the Camino. It was good to have their company and discuss the Canadian health service, the danger of meeting a coyote on your morning walk to the coffee shop and what Janice might do in retirement. We chose a slightly longer but much gentler route which allowed us to skirt a river rather than a major road.
      My feet are doing well but in the interest of full disclosure I thought I’d share photographic evidence of my daily routine to prevent toe blisters. My toes start the morning looking normal and then each one is bound up in a tedious and time-consuming process which so far has kept toe blisters at bay.
      We separated from our friends at Villalcazar de Sirga where we stopped at the fortress-like church of the White Virgin (who bestows blessings on passing pilgrims). After pondering the artwork on the altarpiece we resolved to study it in more detail later (though this may never happen).
      The final 6km were today’s hardest. It was hot, the landscape flat and a bit monotonous and our path ran alongside the road. Maybe this is why people struggle on the Meseta. I was wholeheartedly thankful for clouds - most importantly for shade but also for visual interest.
      We reached Carrion de los Condes just as a Corpus Christi procession was passing through. The children who’d taken their first communion 40 days ago were the central attraction, walking on streets decorated with cut grass, rose petals and (we thought) dyed sawdust. The whole town seemed to be celebrating.
      Soon afterwards we reached our hotel, a rather lovely former Cluny monastery, with its own splendid cloisters and church. When the heavens opened we were hugely grateful to be indoors. Before dinner, the sun reappeared and we returned to the town to hear a small group of nuns lead some hymn singing. Each pilgrim was asked to introduce him or herself and explain why they were doing the Camino. The singing itself was nothing special but the whole experience was affecting, like so many things on the Camino. Fiona and I went to mass and then returned to the hotel for dinner.
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    • Day 21

      Stage 19: Fromista-Carrion de los Condes

      October 3, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      18.7 km/11.6 miles, 46°-78°, 6.25 hours
      Took the Aussie brothers' advice (one worked in IT and has an app for everything) and took the slightly shorter route today that went along the road, rather than the scenic river route. I did the scenic river route into Burgos and sometimes scenic is just too dang long. Good choice for the team today, the path was a nice wide gravel one, without a lot of the large rocks that make me stumbley, the road was not very busy and there were nicely spaced towns with refreshments and bathrooms. Tomorrow starting out is a 17 km/ 10 mile stretch with nothing, so maybe no coffee for me in the morning. I've reserved in the first town at 10 miles, the others I've been chummy with lately are going further so I may not see them for a while. We're all thinking to arrive in Santiago about the same time so maybe we'll meet up again then, and we're on WhatsApp. We pass the halfway point tomorrow, hard to believe.
      I went to a get together at the church run donativo Albergue close by, run by some Augustinian nuns. I came in late (getting my clothes from the laundromat) so missed the sharing of our names, where we're from and why we're doing the Camino, but was thinking that how I would have answered is that I'm doing it for gratitude- for this gift of life, for my family and friends and church community, and as a way to focus on prayer. We sang some songs in various languages and the nuns said they would pray for us. Then dinner with some of the usual suspects- the pilgrim menu del dia for 14€ with choice of first and second courses and dessert, wine included. Now to bed in my ultra modern high tech hotel room, alarm set for 6:30 to get on the road by 0800. Buenos noches😴
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    • Day 16

      Route variant

      August 7, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Today I started walking with the Germans, and soon we met the Belgians. We walked kind of together for 4k, until we reached a decision point: the standard route went left, and continued beside a main road, passing by 4 or 5 villages and was 18k long in total. The variant went right, going towards and then beside a river, passing by a single village before rejoining the main path for the last part. This was a slightly longer route but still not much more than 20k, flat and easy, with a chance of shade and quietness. I was sold on the variant, and so was Jan. The others opted for the standard route for fear of mosquitoes near the river.
      I'm very happy with my choice! As the pics show, the path was nice and shaded for the most part. I was not bothered by a single mosquito.
      One reason many people choose the standard route is that they can stop for coffee/toilet breaks at any of the villages on the way. I knew I'd have to carry enough food and water to last for the 20k, because it wasn't certain that the single village on this route would have any facilities. I was thinking, how spoiled I'm becoming... at home I often go hiking for similar distance, in much harder conditions, with certainty of NO facilities anywhere.
      Anyway, Jan and I have no doubt that we made the best choice.
      At Villavieco there was a cafe, but it was closed when we arrived at 8.40. It had a nice outdoor sitting area, so we sat there for a break and ate some of our snacks.
      The cafe opened at 9, so we got a chance to use the toilets, and Jan ordered breakfast. We spent about an hour there.
      We then continued the nice and pleasant walk (though the river was dry).
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    • Day 27

      Poblacion de Campos

      September 11, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 86 °F

      Today started in the dark. Coffee and breakfast had to wait till the next town. Worth it with great coffee and an egg sandwich big enough to share. A lovely morning walk along the Canal de Castillo, waterside with trees and wildlife.Read more

    • Day 27

      poblacion de campos

      September 11, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 88 °F

      What a terrible night the folks in the last town really know how to party and they partied all night and I mean all night including fireworks and cannons and grease makeovers and oh my gosh it was it was terrible for getting some sleep we got up early about 530 and took off before 630 and had a marvelous breakfast sandwich at the next town it was scrambled eggs ham and cheese it was great it started getting warmer and we had a real long stretch to get to our current position but we did have some nice scenery along the way including a waterway with a boat and the first guy I’ve seen fishing although he was fishing for crawdads Buen CaminoRead more

    • Day 27

      Pablacion de Campos

      September 11, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 88 °F

      Walked for an hour in the dark today to try to beat the heat, it is 90 so far today.... 13 miles down the road, not a lot to look at today. Got to hotel and took a nap as they had a festival last night and partied until 6 am.Read more

    • Day 23

      San Nicholas to Poblacion de Campos 19k

      September 27, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

      A pleasant walk 19k in 5.5 hours. We had a great night in our albergue, the old pilgrim hospital with no electricity. We were woken up at 7am to a Gregorian chant. As the sun does not come up til about 8am we had a candlelit breakfast. We had a group blessing before our departure. It was a later start to our walk (8:45) than usual so that resulted in some hot walking in the mid day sun. We walked a bit with Mary Lou from Florida who we have been meeting up with the last few days. We walked along a beautiful canal for a few kilometers. It was beautiful. Tonight we are treating ourselves to a private room with our very own bathroom!! Woohoo.Read more

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