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  1. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    It has been such a treat to walk the La Lana ‘again’ with all of you. A huge thank you to @VNwalking @AJGuillaume and his darling, to @peregrina2000 @Bad Pilgrim @Magwood @C clearly @Raggy @Pilger Franz @alansykes @Doughnut NZ @mspath @Bernice M @Currie and who ever came along… I would love to...
  2. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    Couldn’t help it, I had to wring it 🤣 This one is for @VNwalking
  3. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    The Camino from Zayas to Alcubilla keeps you on tarmac road. Why? There is a dirt track through the fields. Maybe it adds 1,5 km, but I would prefer it to the asphalt, wouldn’t you?
  4. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    I just street viewed Zayas de Báscones and the visual helped me remember the walk from Villálvaro. We must have turned right and thus NOT passed the ermita as I first thought. We were on a tarmac road for a very long time before reaching Zayas and we walked right through it without stopping...
  5. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    I only have one photo to show from this stage. It must be from somewhere before reaching Villálvaro. After Villálvaro everything is a bit of a blur … but now seeing your picture @Bad Pilgrim (post 211), I think that @Magwood and I went straight ahead, we didn’t turn right at this point.
  6. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    Before we leave San Esteban de Gormaz, I want to share this photo of an unusual wind vane with you. I spotted it on one of the houses close to the Castillo wall…
  7. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    There’s only a wall left of the castillo, but it is worth a climb up there to view San Esteban from above.
  8. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    Yes, @Magwood and I did stay at Hostal Moreno … for several days … for multiple reasons. The hostal was not so charming, but a very friendly place including a bar and a restaurant. (The look of the bartender made us think of The Addams Family - or maybe we were just exhausted after the long...
  9. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    Yes, you totally ruined my good intentions. 🤣🤣🤣 What fun we had! But Maggie, if you hadn’t told the story, it would instead just be a completely harmless photo of someone ENTERING the castle … 😁 Here is one of the GR86 markers on route to Caracena. When I revisit this photo I can’t help...
  10. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    I have three pictures from Caracena. It matches the number of inhabitants of Caracena.
  11. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    When leaving Retortilla via the archway, I highly recommend that you turn left to follow the GR86 route instead of the official Camino route. It is one of the most stunning walks on the Lana! After about 16 km, the GR connects with the Camino in Tarancuena and it continuous to be a stunning...
  12. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    The very friendly bar Agustin in Mandayona was a sad little thing but the wine was good. Just opposite the bar was the ‘albergue’ at the Centro Social, a theatre where @Magwood, a Swiss pilgrim and I did a comedy performance. (The only applause came from a hail storm)
  13. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    I can’t contribute with any important info at all (as usual), but here is a photo of one of the fountains somewhere before Mandayona mentioned by @Bad Pilgrim. I simply love how nature takes over something man-made. And then, notice the yellow arrow … (pilgrims take it back).
  14. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    That is truly a spot on description of the bar! I could add; pure Twin Peaks. (Or Zone Blanc – a French TV-Series). @Magwood and I didn’t really go to explore much of Salmerón, mainly because of the weather. There was a certain amount of picturesque decay about the village … eg. the door of the...
  15. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    It’s not always easy to find the one picture that will capture the day. Well, here’s one for the end of the day! We have settled in the albergue in Salmerón at the former prison of the Inquisition, and in our minds we travel back in time. Then we walk around the corner from the albergue to find...
  16. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    I think Pepe, Antonio and Paulino will be very happy to see our group. If I’m not mistaken they miss us very much. ;) So let us all go to the wine cellar close to the albergue in Villaconejos de Trabaque. Oh the bread, freshly baked and then toasted on the fireplace. Oh the wine, the food! The...
  17. Ninja

    Many Forum Members on the Lana, Part 2 (Cuenca to Burgos) — GREAT planning guide

    Take a look at happy Bar Goyo! I too might have a credential stamp on my forehead by the time @AJGuillaume reach Villar de Domingo Garcia 😂
  18. Ninja

    Many Forum members on the Lana (Part 1, Alicante to Cuenca) — GREATplanning guide

    Hola. Here’s your stamp! And I give you Louis too. He is concentrating very much to register our names and he even draws your country’s flag making it the coolest albergue registration book of all Caminos.
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