Today we left Villafranca kind of early, we tried to send my bag ahead because Al was putting me on a forced march of 37 km. we also had 3 separate hills/ mountains to go over. That was a circus, we were told to leave the, backpack by the main desk, but doors are all locked up tight. back and forth with the backpack for almost 1/2 an hour. But we finally stated around 5:45.
Honestly the beginning of the day was great. We did about 25km which were good. there was always something to look at, or people passing by to talk with, there were the inclines but even those didn’t dampen our spirits, until we hit the edge of Burgos. Then it was 12 more km’s on asphalt. We actually walked around Burgos airport then into the industrial parts of the city, michalen tire, GM, car places and hotels. Streets and sidewalks are not fun.
Lets talk about the fun parts of our day. Again it was dark and we we going uphill, we past thru forests of pine and oak. Al noticed there was no crickets or other wood sounds we are used to. The highest point we reached today was 1,150m on Alto Carnero. We are getting used to the climbs and the views make it all worth it. This last hill we climbed was incredible rocky near the top. We also walked right next to a military zone. With rows of razor wire and big signs saying to keep out. Once we got to the top we could see Burgos in the distance, a very big city, pop 175,000. It really didn’t look all that far away, I thought, no problem, bring it on. Looks are deceiving when you are up that high and the sky is so clear. Still 12 more km. Tucked Into that, which was hidden from us behind other small hills, were other towns to pass thru.
We also walked past a monastery at San Juan De Ortega. The monastery is being used as a parish hostel. Al made a much needed pit stop there. I took some pictures while I was waiting.
After we went thru a few more small towns and finally stopped for some food and coffee at Ages. The rest of our walk wasn’t so great, we came into the outskirts of Burgos pretty quick, and it was all road walking, then more road, then the airport and more road, then the sidewalks.
After forever it seemed, we made it into the old city. We had made a reservation at a hostel there. The clerk there told us a few museums close by we’re free for the afternoon if we felt up to it, also the big cathedral. We decided to go the museum of natural history. One of he towns we walked thru was Atapuerca. This is where the earliest human remains were discovered in Europe. They have an ongoing dig there and the museum we went to mostly focused on that particular discovery. It was huge and interesting but we were tired.
We tried to stop for tapas, which I still haven’t tried, but we were told, ” not until after 8″ . I am a little chagrined to say we ate at Dominos Pizza. Hey, it was hot food and we were hungry. The albergue at Villafranca boasted of a kitchen but only had a microwave. We had oriental noodles for dinner that night, so this was a step up. Hey we are eating international.
WiFi was free at this hostel, But only in the office or stairwell right outside the office. Not no easy, office on the second floor, no seats provided, and we were on the 7th. The lights in the stairwell were motion censored and that turned out to be a fiasco, Al scared these people out of their wits. He had let the light go out and was working from his phone light, these people came around the corner of the stairwell, the lights turned on, and there’s this big man right in thier path. I gave up and went to bed, so sorry no blog this day. Maybe tomorrow.
Until then, be well.