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El Camino Day 14

A cold start to the day’s walk this morning with snow during the night as the temperatures dropped below zero. The snow was visible on the gardens and parked cars as we walked out of Belorado this morning.

Evidence of last night’s snow, now ice

Today’s walk was only a short one as we need to break up the walk into 3 segments to Burgos so as to not walk over 30kms in the one day as we find that too much. It’s too long a time to be out in the cold when we’re averaging about 4kms per hour. It means that today’s walk was just under 13kms with an 18km walk tomorrow and then another 18km walk the next day. This stretch has limited accomodation in the towns that are on the way otherwise we could’ve broken it up into two stages rather than three.

0ºC as we and there wasn’t that much variation to the temperature throughout the three hour walk. We left the hotel at about 9:45 after a good breakfast and sleep in. Today’s post will be short as the walk was short and fairly uneventful and lacking somewhat in scenery.

Blue skies were a welcome sight after yesterday’s bleakness
This town we passed had a chapel built into the side of the mountain
The chapel itself in the town Tosantos

Quoted from Wikipedia:
‘800 years ago a woman, known as La Ermita, lived in a cave in the cliffs above Tosantos and ministered to the passing Pilgrims. A chapel has been built into the that cave and once a year, on Fiesta Day, the inhabitants of Tosantos hold a procession through the town, up the winding path to the cave and give thanks to God, Santa Maria and La Ermita for blessing the town.’

Looking back, the chapel can just be seen on the side of the hill
Looking back again

It was cold walking with 0ºC temperatures so we were both walking with our scarves up over our faces to keep warm as you can see with Ron in the pic above.

A small church in a town we passed
Snow covered hills
At least the skies were blue!
Walking into Villafranca

It wasn’t long before we started to see our destination for the day, Villafranca-Montes de Oca.

Our hotel for the evening

That’s it for today. The hotel has a pilgrim menu so that’s what we’ll be attacking tonight with the other pilgrims that have since checked into the hotel with us. A non-eventful walk with not much to report about unfortunately.

Tomorrow’s forecast is for more snow and rain.

Thanks for reading.

For stats and a map of today’s walk, you’ll find them here.

Buen Camino! 😊

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2 thoughts on “El Camino Day 14

  1. Kees says:

    Hi guys
    Because it was only a short walk and post I read it slowly!
    But all jokes aside, snow at this time of the year. Is rather unusual. In Holland they be lucky to get any at all during winter. Without going into the climate change debate.
    So realy you should be getting at least some warmer weather soon.
    Stay warm and safe.

  2. James Altham says:

    Thanks Kees! 😊

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