May 10th, 2018. Castrojeriz to Boadilla del Camino, Spain. Camino de Santiago.
A beautiful start to the day pre-dawn to tackle the steep elevation first thing. It’s a 12% incline hill not far from leaving Castrojeriz and an 18% decline. As I’ve learned, conversation and laughter helps get you up and over the hills easier! Especially when it’s with other Aussies and a couple of Kiwis! It was a strong sense of camaraderie by the time we got to the top!
It was just avoiding the speeding bikes zooming past as we declined that made the journey a little precarious!
One pilgrim from the U.K. who was walking with us, but not, decided she was going to stand her ground and not move for these bikes, despite the speed they were travelling down the hill. Amanda (whom I’m still walking with) and I were trying to convince her it was easier for us to get the hell out of their way, rather than them swerving to get around us at their speed and risk getting hit by one or both parties going over the mountain. Some people are stubborn I guess.
Once we descended, it was rolling hills of green crops and big skies. The crowd we were with kept looking back and the words ‘wow’ escaped our lips more than once. It was breathtaking scenery today and the vastness of the Meseta came into full view today. The Meseta is the name given to the large and expansive flat plains of central Spain.
It’s always good to look behind to see where you’ve been and how far you’ve come.
Given our physical woes (i’m still walking with Amanda who has been suffering from tendonitis and my back muscle issue is still recovering) we surprised ourselves of being back to our normal pre-injury pace today! Woohoo!! (I think we were shocked actually.)
A day of good conversations that made the 21km go faster.
The village we are staying in tonight is not as remarkable as previous ones but the hospitality is pure Camino standard. Just lovely. I think it helps mind and spirit too, to be in a private room and with a private bathroom for the night! Yep, it’s the little things, but boy they make a difference to this journey!