St Juan de Ortega - Ages - Artapueca - Cardenuela - Orbaneja - Castanares - Burgos
Hola familia y amigos - if you are receiving the 'daily' updates by email, you will receive two today - one for Day 10 and one for today, Day 11 - as we didn't have a signal on Wednesday night. The way the daily blog feeds work, the most recent update will show first. If you wish to read Day 10 first, just scroll down.
Today was a reminder that the people you meet and walk with along The Way are the heart of The Camino.
As planned, we set off from St Juan de Ortega at 7am with Adeya and Alessio. They had spent the night in the 70 bed albergue (a bit damp and cold) while we managed to secure the last room in a new Casa nearby (very dry and warm!). But thanks to Jill's quick thinking, we were able to 'snaffle' some muffins for them, which had been carelessly left in the dining room of our Casa. A worthy cause, surely.
As is our usual pattern, we walked for about 6 kilometres, to the village of Atapueca, where we tucked into a lovely breakfast. We three girls had tortillas potatas (our yummy spanish omelette) while Alessio had the largest chocolate croissant we'd ever seen. (The caves of Sierra de Atapuerca contain rich fossil records of the earliest human beings, from nearly 1 million years ago. The archaeological site is a UNESCO World Heritage site.)
We walked together for some hours but eventually we went ahead. Adeya and Alessio had started their Caminos, separately, some days before us and had done some enormous days, 35-40 kms. It was starting to take its toll. Although we were all planning 'just' 25+ kms, a few hours in Adeya's ankles were making the walk quite a struggle today. They suggested we walk ahead and we said we would perhaps see them in the main Plaza near the cathedral tonight.
No more than 5 minutes later, we heard our names called. We looked back to see our Camino buddies from North Carolina, Sheryl and Glenn. We had not seen them since Viana a few days ago. They too were heading for Burgos for their next stop. We caught up on the last few days, then it was our turn to stay behind, as we needed a 'bano' stop. We will not be surprised if we see them later in Burgos or further along The Way - in fact, we will be surprised if we don't!
About 10 minutes later, as we were leaving the cafe, we spotted Peeter (from Holland) and Klaus (from Austria). We last saw them in Ventosa (from memory) so we walked on with them for a while towards Burgos.
Did we mention that, for much of this time, it was raining with bitterly cold winds? And the last 10 kilometres was on pavement through the industrial outskirts of Burgos - one of the rare stages of The Camino to be endured, rather than enjoyed. But then, the reward of the old town of Burgos. We arrived at about 2pm, cold and wet and tired. Nothing that a hot shower and dry clothes won't fix.
Not a great many photos today, thanks to the weather. Hopefully this afternoon / evening, the weather will improve and tomorrow we will have some photos of Burgos to share.
In the meantime, we thought you might like to see a selection of the shells and arrows that guide us along The Way.
Thank you to Lindy and Marian for your comments and emails from the day before and Coach for your weather updates. Apologies to those who were concerned when the daily update did not arrive yesterday. Just a technology issue. All is well.
Hasta Luego amigos
Jenny xx and Jill x