Judges 5:10 You who ride on white donkeys, You who sit on rich carpets, And you who travel on the road—Sing!
Day 18 — 18.93 Miles — Hontanas to Boadilla, May 15. Today was another day of walking through La Meseta. The high was 80 degrees. No trees for shade and 80 degrees caused some people to have heat stroke problems.
The scenery was beautiful until we saw “The Road”. A road was visible in the distance going across and up a very high hill. As we got closer to “The Road”, we could see people walking on it. Yep….that was our path. A climb to the top of Alto De Mostelares was in the walk today. The elevation increased about 600 feet in 8/10’s of a mile……and it was hot. The view at the top was great. The decent down was hard. It was so step the trail had been paved with concrete to prevent people from falling on gravel. The view of the valley below was like looking at a post card then we realized the trail across the entire valley was the pilgrim path.
The ruins of San Anton Convent and the ruins of a castle were outside the village of Itero de la Vega. The convent was founded in 1146. It was founded to provide care for pilgrims. We were able to walk under the archway of the convent ruins. The castle was on a hilltop over looking the village. A climb in the heat was out of the question. A picture would have to suffice.
During the day, we shared a picnic table with Bridgette and Marteen. A cool down period was shared with Andreas (laughing man) at a shaded cafe. We passed Peter from Germany sitting on a bench. If you remember from a prior blog, Peter is the tortoise and we are the hare. Dinner was shared with Kathy who we met in Madrid and Toby who shared the “nightmare hostel” with us.
The first part of the Camino is said to be physical, the second part is mental and the last part is spiritual. We are past the physical part. Our blisters are healed and the backpacks do not seem so heavy. We think the mental part is approaching quickly. To make oneself continue on with one foot in front of the other in the heat requires a certain amount of detachment from one’s situation. The heat surely will not last forever.
Tomorrow our destination is Carrión de los Condes. Buen Camino. Sharon and Ron