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Day 13 Hontanas to Boadilla 29 km

Wonderful day walking 29 km all the much easier because I had ditched my backpack and paid 7 E to have it transported to my next albergue.

Left at 5.45 am with Lisette from Denmark and walked the 9.4 km to Castrojeriz before we parted company. That took 1 3/4 hours and it was only just getting light as we arrived.

We walked through the archway of San Anton, a ruined 14 th century convent. As we neared Castrojeriz we could see the ruined 9th century castle on a high hill behind the town standing sentinel and the huge lit up church of Santa Maria. We grabbed some breakfast at a bar opposite. Bumped into Zitcha from Holland with her new love.

Next up was a long climb uphill to the top of the meseta with great views.

Scenery was more interesting today with more variety than endless wheat fields. There was a grove of trees with a rest area which was nice to sit in for. Few minutes break from the heat. The real surprise was coming into Itero de la Vega there was an old pilgrim hostel where 12 people can now stay in basic facilities with no electricity and just use candlelight . It was beside a river and old stone bridge surrounded by beautiful trees where the. Leaves had already changed to yellow for fall. There was even a shady path before heading on into the sun for the last 8. 2 km to Boadilla.

I had booked into a private albergue which I had to do seeing as my bag needed to be delivered and you cant book into municipal albergue's. I arrived at 12.30 pm and my bag had been left in Hontanas. Yay as the owner of this very cool happening albergue spoke English and sorted it or for me and it was delivered by 3 pm. . It is called En El Camino and has 48 beds in a converted barn, beautiful gardens and lawn and a pool. Nice place with wifi and gardens to hang for the afternoon. Hung out with an Aussie guy and dutch girl for awhiel I had met walking today before they moved on to the next town.

Really relaxing place just hanging out. Bought a woven bookmark from an old man sitting asking them at the church doors. Great pilgrim meal at a big table with lots of people and no fries for a change!

Mobile Update

Mobile Update


Castle at Castrojeriz by moonlight

Castle at Castrojeriz by moonlight


Nearly half way there in Castrojeriz

Nearly half way there in Castrojeriz


Looking back to Castrojeriz

Looking back to Castrojeriz


Looking ahead towards Boadilla

Looking ahead towards Boadilla


Pilgrim rest time under a tree

Pilgrim rest time under a tree


Another long uphill climb completed

Another long uphill climb completed


Sunrise outside of Castrojeriz

Sunrise outside of Castrojeriz


Trees on the meseta!

Trees on the meseta!


Trees & a river - a welcome respite

Trees & a river - a welcome respite


The haven of the albergue

The haven of the albergue


Pool & all the washing

Pool & all the washing


Entrance to the albergue

Entrance to the albergue


Deserted town centre

Deserted town centre

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Spain

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