I ended up not leaving Burgos on the morning I wanted due to being sick. I booked into a hotel for an extra night and left early the next day. I was happy to be leaving the city after three nights there and enjoyed walking! The first 11kms seemed very quick and easy and before I knew it I was having a coffee in Tarjados. The next 10kms to Hornillos del Camino was also quite an enjoyable walk and so I decided not to stop here as I had planned earlier that day, but instead to rest while it was hot and then leave again in the evening to continue walking. I left at around 7pm and walked another 10kms across the Maseta to Hontanas where I stopped for the night.
The Maseta was just as bad as people had warned me! Long, hot, and no shade whatsoever! Take plenty of water on this stretch and plan your rest stops wisely if you are planning on walking it in the future!
I left Hontanas early the next morning and struggled to San Antón with sore feet so for the last few days have been walking in my sandals rather than my boots and have found this to be much better! When I get the chance though I am going to buy some new insoles for my boots to see if that helps as I do miss the ankle support…
At San Antón I passed under the arch of the old convent that is now a ruin…
I continued walking, eventually arriving at Itero de la Vega where I got a well earned drink and waited for everybody else to catch up.
In the morning a few of us left at just after 4am am walked under the stars, a fantastic experience. Out in the middle of nowhere you can see so many more stars than you can when you are in town with all the light pollution and it was nice to walk in the cool again.
My feet were starting to play up again after a while though and at Boadilla del Camino I stopped with serious doubts as to whether I could continue walking this day. I took some pain killers though and struggled on along the canal de Castilla. After a while the pain killers started to work and I made it to Frómista where the others that I had left with earlier that morning were waiting. We had coffee and breakfast and I used the cash point and Farmacia before we all headed off on our way once more. It started to get really hot in the afternoon and I was very glad to finally reach Villalcázar de Sirga where we stayed the night. From there we have all arrived today in Caldadilla de la Cueza and tomorrow I am planning on making an early start again to try to get as far as I can before it gets too hot. I am going to aim for Sahagún or perhaps a little further depending on how my day goes..!
Until next time!