My feet were awful, with a huge new blister in a terrible location on the back of my heel. At the Mercadona, I had made a mistake and bought elastic bandage, instead of tape. Now I had to conserve tape until I could buy more. There was no point in wasting the elastic bandage, so I experimented with double and triple layers to cushion older blisters. Still exhausted, I moved slowly all morning and never stepped outside until after nine o’clock… From Page 132, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. Yes, on some days, it was hard to get my body moving.
Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago in the León suburb of La Virgen del Camino, Castilla y León. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).
I left my last post, On The Camino de Santiago in Spain, León to La Virgen del Camino, in evening sunshine. Well, the morning was also very pleasant. I walked slow along the highway and main street of La Virgen del Camino.
The Camino veered down the hill, and past this fountain in an attractive setting.
There was an option soon after, and I had a choice of the routes to Villar de Mazarife or Villadangos Del Páramo. I had previously chosen the way to Villar de Mazarife, and continued walking. Of the dozen or so pilgrims in the area, I never saw anyone taking the route to Villadangos Del Páramo.
The Camino then followed this road to the village of Fresno del Camino.
In Fresno del Camino, I was greeted by this cute horse, in a field next to a home.
The quiet road outside Fresno del Camino.
I wrote on page 133, “I ate chocolate and nuts as I walked along the road through a scrubby hillside, which led down a hill to the Río Oncina. The village of Oncina de la Valdoncina had pleasant two-level houses, many with bright colors of orange and pink with white porches and an abundance of flowers and shrubs. It was a place where people could live close to a city without any sign of a city.”
The village’s Mudéjar church stood off the Camino, next to an overgrown field.
Outside the village, a stretch of similar landscape went on for miles. I also wrote on page 133, “The temperature was about 10°C, certainly not hot, but excellent for walking. My shirt was hanging from the side of my backpack, and I brought out my socks and underwear to dry. Pilgrims were spread out, but I always hid my underwear when I got close to anyone. I felt great and passed many people, hiding my underwear every time. I was long past the embarrassment that carrying my socks brought, although I’m sure it looked strange.” It was here I met a fellow Canadian, and we enjoyed walking together for about two hours.
Approaching the village of Chozas de Abajo.
Back along the paved road through a similar landscape. I was getting concerned with the dark clouds in the distance. I had been hoping for a sunny afternoon without rain or cold.
Approaching the village of Villar de Mazarife.
This park with a rest area was on the edge of the village.
I tried but can’t figure out how to explain this. I’ll leave it for you to make up your own description. I hope it’s not just me who sees an animal.
I’ll leave this post with the colorful mural at the edge of the village. The Canadian who I had walked with had a bad limp and was in pain. Villar de Mazarife would be as far as he would get on this day. I was sad to lose his company but I still had a long walk ahead.
I hope you enjoyed this post. The 15 kilometer walk from La Virgen del Camino was relatively easy, but the afternoon would prove tougher. On my next post, On The Camino de Santiago In Spain, Villar de Mazarife To Hospital de Órbigo, I’ll walk through farmland under sunny skies, on my way to one of my highlights from the French Way of the Camino de Santiago — the magnificent bridge at Hospital de Órbigo. Please join me.
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