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Shortly after Castrojeriz

My favorite Pic of the CF

Shortly after Castrojeriz
DowtyCamino, Sep 14, 2016
    • Rick of Rick and Peg

      Lovely picture. I see why it is a favorite.

      I think this is noted as an 18% slope; very steep. While there in 2015 a peregrina joked that she would like to come back and open a zip-line business there. The conversation drifted to whether that would be keeping to the camino spirit. I thought that it would because anyone using the zip-line would see God.
    • DanielH
      that is a beautiful and stunning site. Can't wait to see it. I fly out from Dallas, TX USA tomorrow to start the Camino again in Burgos where I finished last year.
    • abzambroza
      Oh I remember well zigzagging down that hill.
      Loved, loved, loved that part of the Camino, including the preceding 12% climb. One of my favourite days (of the admittedly not all encompassing section of the camino I've covered so far from Logrono to Leon).
    • DowtyCamino
      Thank you. We'd gotten up early (Thank God because it was a hot day) and climbed the hill up from Castrojeriz just as the Sun was hitting the peak. The sight of the Camino winding on into the horizon was amazing. I'll post a picture from the same spot looking back to Castrojeriz later today. There is a little glare, but it was intentionally shot that way to backlight the villiage.
      Castrojeriz was one of my favorite Camino spots.
    • Kiwi-d
      Oh I remember that hill! I never bothered much reading the guidebook, so didn't realise that hill was ahead when I had already walked 21km. It was only 11am, and I wasn't tired, so I decided to walk a bit further. Big mistake. In my next email home I commented "At this point, some unprintable swine inserted the hill from hell. It's the only one on the planet. They send mules here to end their days. I nearly ended mine. God it was hard, it went on and on, and on. And then, oh joy, there was the descent. Here the rest of the mules suicide for pleasure.

      And that, my dears, is how one walks 32km for fun. Or something. Tomorrow I shall hit myself with large bricks for a change of pace."

      That's a beautiful picture though. ;)
    • DowtyCamino
      @Kiwi-d THAT was funny. Not then I'm sure but I love your description.
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    • alexwalker
      @Kiwi-d The Mule Killer hill, or Mata Burros as the Spanish call it.
    • alexwalker
      We are still debating this...;):)
    • Rick of Rick and Peg
    • alexwalker
      Yes, I know. That downhill is nothing compared to the climb just after Castrojeriz. A real killer, especially for those who walk onto it at noon...
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