Wed 7 Oct - Day 23: El Burgo Ranero to Puente Villarente 25km
459km walked. 326km left to walk.
Homemade breakfast in El Burgo Ranero. Tea, orange juice, crackers and sardines in olive oil. That last ingredient was actually a lot tastier first thing in the morning that you may think. Sardines in olive oil will be breakfast again on this trip.
Today's Camino was one of the dullest. Most of today's trail was parallel to roads although the road was busy only for the last 6km or so. Still, flat landscape, not much to look at and that ever present road.
Another Camino cross but there was something different with this one. Let's zoom in...
Yes. An i- sacrifice. We live in modern times I suppose.
Political and independence slogans are never far away in northern Spain at least (don't know about southern Spain). There is always a message of some sort.
Sorry, i don't understand. Why not get people here, train them first as and if required and finish roads like this. A bit like all the depression era projects in USA.
The town of Mansilla de las Mulas looked lovely and could have been a contender for tonight's stay. Although I was there way too early at 11.30am.
This was a lovely pilgrim statue...
OK it looked quite funny.
Mansilla de las Mulas. There were a lot of backpacks in there and i saw two people carrying in a whole bunch of backpacks. Well, each to their own...
Mansilla de las Mulas was a lovely looking place. This was the road out west and i then realized that there was a wall around it.
Approaching today's destination Puente Villarente, the first hostel you see is the one below.
Hmm... The guide book describes it as "...a medieval pilgrim hospital which operated a donkey ambulance for sick pilgrims into Leon".
That sounded like bad karma so I passed.
Tonight's stay was at Albergue San Pelayo. It didn't look much from the road. In fact, there was a very strong smell of farm animals doing business in the air.
However, once inside, the albergue was huge and impressive. It looked a bit like an alpine retreat. A few pics:
The common area is a big room to relax. In addition to restaurant and cooking area.
Hanging in the common area chatting to other pilgrims and that's the end of today.