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Day 11 Villafranca to Burgos 32 km

Great sleep last night as I didn't hear any church bells! Left at 6am with Donna from NZ but she was soon way ahead as she is a much faster walker. It was steep right from the start and just kept going uphill....no time to get warmed up! It was misty and are to see with a torch in the mst. I turned my torch off once and it was pitch black and couldn't see in front of my face. Once the mist cleared it was a beautiful starry night. The only reason I knew I wasn't totally alone was occasionally I would see a torch light ahead of behind me for a moment.

Had a call form Brad & Adam had got the job in the USA. I will now cut short my time to get back to Oz as soon as possible to spend time with them before they leave.

It was a long 12 km through woods to St Juan de Ortega a monastery village with a population of 20 ! The bar opened 15 minutes after I arrived a 8.45 and grabbed some cake. It was here that Donna and I decided not to stay in the village of Atapuerca as we would be there must after 10am and to push throught to Burgos which would make it a 38 km day. The last time I saw the Singaporeans was here.

Ages was a really pretty village but after Atapuerca signage got really confusing and we ended up taking the option route through Cardenuela instead of staying on the main route.

It was a really steep track with poor signage and we were so glad we hadn't stayed in that village as we would have been trying to navigate in the dark. At the top of the hill was a big open area with scatterd trees and we were hunting for arrows to direct us. Great view to Burgos from the top and the rolling hills covered in wheat fields that we were to walk through.

Stopped at every village just to rest the feet and have a drunk of water as it was sunny and hot now. The last 3.3 km to Villafriar seemed to go on forever and skirted around the airport fencing. We had decided to catch the bus the next 5 km that is through an industrial area to ensure we got ourselves a bed for the night. We got into town and after some trouble trying to find the pilgrim route and albergue near the cathedral found it. Great place, new and modern and just 5 E. Glad we didn't walk as it was full by 4pm and we wouldn't have arrived till after then if we had walked it all.

Burgos is a stunning city with a massive cathedral with soaring spires and a shallow fast flowing river with beautiful gardens and trees beside it.

My feet were aching but after showering went out to explore . It was siesta time so all the stores had closed but there were lovely big squares, statues, arch into the city, colorful buildings around the square and the cathedral and Castile.

I paid 3.5 E ( get a pilgrims discount) to go into the cathedral. I have been inside so many cathedrals in England but nothing to compare to the size , richness and ornateness of this one. It was absolutely beautiful and the first gothic style cathedral built in Spain in the 1200's modeled on the French ones like Notre Dame

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Walked up to the Castille but it wasn't opening until 5pm so enjoyed the view over the city.

Back at the hostel I paid 2 E for a 10 minute fot massage in a machine which was wonderful. Met Donna and Lisette from Denmark and went out for drinks and wifi. Will meet up for pilgrims meal at 7pm.

So glad I decided to stay in Burgos and not by pass as it is a beautiful city.

View over Burgos

View over Burgos


Starry night/morning

Starry night/morning


Monastery

Monastery


Old crumbling homes

Old crumbling homes


Cute village of Ages

Cute village of Ages


Village

Village


Long hot sections past wheat fields

Long hot sections past wheat fields


Welcome sign on a driveway

Welcome sign on a driveway


Burgos Plaza - deserted for Siesta

Burgos Plaza - deserted for Siesta


Burgos River

Burgos River


Burgos Cathedral

Burgos Cathedral


Cloisters

Cloisters


Cathedral

Cathedral


Statue at Plaza

Statue at Plaza


Dinner with Donna ( NZ) and Lisette( Denmark)

Dinner with Donna ( NZ) and Lisette( Denmark)

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Spain

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