Stage 15: Belorado to Villafranca Montes de Oca

25 Sep 2019

And we’re off to Villafranca Montes de Oca, with a dry 52 F starting out our 13 Km walk.

Apparently we’re making progress. Systems Check: Claude’s ankle is nearly 100%, my blisters are healing nicely, and neither of us is popping pain killers for a change. Yay!

Once again, we’re walking through rolling farmland with acres of wheat and dried sunflowers. The panorama is gorgeous.

Walking pace is a very personal thing and can vary a lot. When we want to talk and solve the world’s problems, Claude downshifts from his usual military pace to match my slower stroll. Other times he speeds ahead and we rendezvous at the next town.

We made it to Villafranca Montes de Oca and the heavily over-decorated Hotel San Anton Abad in good time. Here’s the view from our room of the local church

As I mentioned earlier, there are water faucets along the trail, like this one in town:

However, we usually prefer a different beverage after checking in and getting the pilgrim routine out of the way:

Speaking of which: “Craft” beer, as we know it, on tap is non-existent on the Camino. The Estrella and Ambar found everywhere on draft is basically a pale lager around 4-5% ABV and 25 IBUs. In larger cities, there are bottled beers and some may be craft but I haven’t tried any. In smaller towns, there’s this, and a non-alcoholic version, and a radler (beer + lemonade) on tap and that’s it. Slim pickin’s, indeed.

Some of our walk today was beside the N-120 highway, a busy two-laner with a lot of trucks. Most of the time, we’re on a path, separated from the highway but not always.

Tomorrow: historic Atapuerca.

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