Day Forty One

Despite the bunk beds squeaking I managed a good nights sleep. I’m up just before six and out by half past. Todays walking is broken up by several small villages along the route.
The ground is damp from last nights storms and the morning light is still blocked by grey clouds. The route takes us parallel to a busy main road, as we make our way towards Grañón, and on to Recedilla del Camino, where I spot either a hen harrier or montague harrier. From here we pass through Castildelgado, Viloria de la Rioja and Villamayor del Rio in fairly quick succession before arriving in Belorado. The walking is fairly even on wide tracks and small lanes.
Gus & I have noticed tomorrows route has us walking over three fairly high peaks, so we decide to carry on further today.
We head through Tosantos, Villambistia, Espinosa del Camino and on to Villafranca Montes de Oca. By now my feet are aching massively and I’m relieved when we find an albergue. Just in time to, we’ve dodged the odd bit of drizzle all day, broken up with bouts of sun to dry us out. But as we enter the hostel the heavens open and it rains, followed by more thunder and lightning, hail and torrential downpours.
I’m glad the way has been fairly straightforward today otherwise I don’t think I’d of managed the 35km.
We are still in agricultural farmland but we have moved from the province of La Rioja to Burgos.
I’m tired, we’ve out-walked many of the pilgrims we’ve walked with for a few days now.
I hope tomorrow isn’t to hard and maybe the rain can hold off again for us.

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About waytosantiago

The way of St. James is one of the three largest Christian pilgrimages of the world. I intend to walk one of the many routes which begins in le Puy en Velay, France. The route has been trodden by many weary souls, looking for answers, looking for adventure, for the obvious religious reasons, or just walked for the sake of it. I first came across the route about 6 years ago whilst reading Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Pilgrimage’, I decided maybe something could be learnt from spending so much time on the road in solitude. Being the kind of person that lives to work, these ideas were put on hold whilst my life moved steadily forward. Recently I’ve found myself longing for adventure and decided it was time to begin planning. Another thing I decided was if I was going to do this, I may as well try and raise money for charity along the way. So the story begins...
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