Trees were scattered, and the wind bent the young ones almost forty-five degrees. I didn’t know if I was in some kind of wind belt, but I thought it would be a great place for windmills. Raindrops fell for a few minutes before the clouds lightened, and for a moment, I saw my shadow, albeit a very light one. I patted my shadow’s head, and it quickly disappeared. It was a cruel temptation of sun because soon, the rain poured and pelted my face. I swore at the wind many times, but it just blew harder… From Page 116, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days.
On my last post, On The Camino de Santiago in Spain, Carrión de los Condes To Calzadilla de la Cueza, I had concluded walking for the day for almost two hours in a fierce storm. Well, I woke up to a morning that was not much better. Now I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago as I left Calzadilla de la Cueza, Castilla y León. Even if you don’t have my book, you can learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).
This was the hostal where I stayed in Calzadilla de la Cueza. Although it was a little expensive, it was good break from the albergues. When I was there, the private room was simple but comfortable and clean. Wi-Fi was also included, and I was happy to catch up with emails and phone calls. As I was leaving at 10 AM (yes, very late), a van pulled up to the doorway, with a load full of pilgrims and gear. These pilgrims were either behind on their Camino, or chose to skip a long section. The hostal didn’t accept guests until noon, so they had a long wait ahead.
The senda leaving Calzadilla de la Cueza with the appropriate sign…
Senda de Peregrinos.
Another senda photo. I’ll let it speak for itself.
A rest or service area across the highway.
Yes, more senda.
Farmland as far as I could see.
Entering the village of Ledigos.
Please watch my YouTube video, and imagine walking into this wind for about ten hours. And this wasn’t even the worst.
The Iglesia de San Pedro in Terradillos de los Templarios. It was typical of the architecture and building materials in this area. The architecture was definitely changing, although I wouldn’t understand it better until later in the day at Sahagún. The dominant building material in much of this area was adobe bricks. They are bricks made of natural materials such as sand or clay, mixed with water and traditionally an organic material, such as manure or straw. To get an idea on how adobe bricks are made, please watch this YouTube video entitled How to Make an Adobe Brick.
And more senda. As you can tell, it was a very quiet day on the Camino.
I hadn’t seen many mustard flowers for the past few days and it was good to see the splashes of yellow again. As I wrote on page 117, “…a wind farm appeared and I’m sure on this day enough electricity was generated to power all of Spain for a year.”
Approaching the village of Moratinos. Notice the hill on the right had doors and chimneys. I presumed they were used for storage.
The small plaza in front of the church was in need of some attention.
San Nicolás del Real Camino was another village with a church similar to the recent ones.
The marker on the border as I left the province of Palencia and entered León.
The large town of Sahagún is in the distance.
To this point on the Camino, I hadn’t seen a horse with a pilgrim rider. The rider was walking and leading the horse down the slight hill.
Scary looking skies to the north.
I walked fast, hoping to catch up with the horse and rider. However, the pilgrim soon mounted and they galloped away.
Just east of Sahagún, the path crossed the highway to this bridge over the Río Valderaduey. A Roman town was once in this area.
I know I have said this before, but it really bothered me when yellow arrows were painted on stone bridges and other landmarks. This one wasn’t even needed as it was obvious where the Camino led.
The Ermita de la Virgen del Puente was again similar in architectural style to the previous churches I had passed during the morning. I will explain the architecture better on my next post. The church was being renovated and was surrounded by a fence.
I hadn’t seen many poppies for days either. I stopped at this small patch just as a bit of sun emerged through the clouds.
I hope you enjoyed this post. After walking into gusting wind all morning and afternoon, I was tired and frustrated. I had never experienced anything like it. I was looking forward to having a break in Sahagún. To say that Sahagún was unique along the Camino, would be an understatement. On my next post, On The Camino de Santiago In Sahagún, Spain, I’ll visit this interesting and important Camino town. Please join me.
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