Hostels R Not 4 Us

Psalm 27:5   For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.  

Day 14 —17.25 Miles— Belorado to Ages, May 11.  The day started out foggy and rainy so we walked most of the day in rain ponchos.  We have been lucky with rain as only two days have had rain.  Even with the rain and fog, there were still nice views from the path.  We stopped in Villafranca Montes de Oca for hot tea and coffee.  The next stretch did not go through any towns.  

We came upon a monument that was erected by relatives of 300 people who were shot during the first months of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).   It was erected where the people were shot.  Cross #19 was hung on the railing surrounding the monument.   

The Way continued through changing surroundings.  Trees were replacing the green fields.  The path was wide and flat. Approximately 5 miles from Villafranca Montes de Oca,  “el oasis del Camino” appeared.  There were colorful totem poles, snack food to purchase and a dog.  The dog was friendly so my dog “fix” was satisfied.  His name was either Dean or Dino.  He leaned against me while he got his massage “fix”. 

The next town was San Juan de Ortega.  The monastery in the village operates a hostel for pilgrims. We had attempted to reserve two bunks but it was full.  We did see Tom from New York.  He walks tomorrow then leaves Spain to go home.  It will probably be the last time we will see him.  We stopped in San Juan de Ortega and had cold drinks with Ian and Patricia from Wales.  They will be riding bikes once they arrive in Burgos, It is doubtful we will see them again as the next town, Burgos, is large.  

We continued on another 3 miles to Ages.  A room was already booked for the night through a website called  The hostel was a nightmare.   The pictures on the website made the hostel look really nice.  There were seven beds lined up in our room.  The room was evidently a storage area as there were different items piled behind the beds.  The temperature that night got down to 32 degrees.  Heat was provided by two electric space heaters the owners put in the room.  The heaters were plugged into a heavy extension cord that went out the room’s door and across the entryway into another room.  We will be booking rooms in hostels/hotels for one room with its own bathroom for the remainder of the walk.  

We are walking to Burgos tomorrow.  Buen Camino!  Sharon & Ron

3 thoughts on “Hostels R Not 4 Us

  1. I understand the frustration with some of the albergues/hostels. You will still find some fine accommodations as you continue west, but you don’t know what you have until you see it. Hotels and B&Bs are safer, but it limits the interaction with other Peregrinos.
    You will find everything much better in Burgos!
    Buen Camino!


  2. On the bright side the hostel had pretty yellow walls. A slumber party adventure. I like your new shoes.


    1. It was so bad I did not notice the yellow! You must be referring to the shoes I bought to wear at night….I walked in them for one day due to a blister that needed to heal.


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