I just want to point out that, the monastery of Santiago in Uclés, Cuenca, was for centuries the main headquarters of the knights of Santiago in Spain. From an historical point of view, starting the Madrid way in Ucles makes a lot more sense.
Torin, is there a marked camino from Uclés to Madrid? The monastery does look very interesting.
A few forum posts with links and other information about this alternative.
And once there is a forum member who walks this route and reports back, I am sure Ivar will set up a new Camino de Madrid sub-forum for the Camino Uclés.
Let me also just say, in response to one of your comments, that we are not proposing this route as making “more“ or “less” sense than any other Camino route. It is a marked alternative Camino, with an enthusiastic association, and there are a lot of forum members who are eager to try new routes. It would be great to hear back from someone walking from Uclés.