September 16, 2022
Dear Family & Friends:
I am now past the half-way point on the Camino de Santiago. I picked up my Halfway Completion Certificate in Sahagun.
Carrion de los Condes to Terradillos de los Templarious, September 15, 2022 (16.3 or 24.3 miles)
I was warned by the hotel manager in Carrion and by my guidebook that there are no services for over 10 miles after departing Carrion. The entire trek is on flatlands along major roads or on dirt trails. After walking for over four hours, longing for a village with food and beverages, I came across a scene that was like a mirage in the desert. In the middle of nowhere was a mobile food truck. I enjoyed a ham, cheese and tomato sandwich and fresh-squeezed orange juice. What a surprising delight.
The scenery was open plains with not a whole lot of new photo opportunities. When I arrived at Calzadilla de la Cueza, I ordered a refreshing soft drink and checked the mileage app on my i-Phone. It registered over 16 miles. What a deflating surprise since I still had 8 miles to walk to arrive at my next destination, which was Terradillos de los Templarious. After 8-1/2 hours of walking, I arrived in Terradillos in the late afternoon, exhausted and bewildered by the distance travelled. My i-Phone App registered the distance travelled as 24.3 miles. If I had known the distance for the day was over 20 miles, I would have definitely stopped at Calzadilla de la Cueza.
Despite the long distance for the walk, I loved the Albergue Los Templarious where I spent the night. The Albergue was neat and clean, with an open terrace and a huge yard. The dinner was also delicious.
Terradillos de los Templarios to Sahagun, September 16, 2022 (8.3 miles)
Today was a short day, with the distance traveled only 8.3 miles. I left Terradillos at 8 am and arrived in Sahagun at noon. Sahagun is a large city with lots of shops, hotels and restaurants. I asked a local for the accurate distance from Terradillos to Sahagun, and she said 8.2 miles. My i-Phone App registered the distance of my walk at 8.3 miles. So, I think my I-Phone App is recording the correct distances.
Again, the terrain was flat, mostly along a dirt trail, with few new photo opportunities.
Tomorrow, I leave for El Burgos Ranero, which is only 11 miles from Sahagun.
Miles walked: 257.6
Miles remaining: 225.9
Days to reunion with Lisa, Lori, Amy & Elle: 5