- Year of past OR future Camino
Baaad marking. This was my worst day on the Lana. They must have run out of paint right before reaching Burgos. Most of the morning I kept walking, not knowing if I was lost or not. It is important to know that the first town, Hontoria de la Cantera, is hidden from view right until you reach it. So you can't aim for it from a distance, and there are few arrows that take you there.Following the Amigos' guide book, from Mecerreyes, we'll get to Hontoria de la Cantera after 12.8 km. The villages of Revillarruz and Cojóbar appear after 6 km and 2.6 km respectively. A further 6.4 km takes us to Cardeñadijo, and the last 7 km to Burgos. None of the villages or towns we cross on our way have any albergues or places to spend the night.
After leaving Hontoria, I got lost for real. I had to walk straight across a field to get to the next town, Revillarruz, that I did see from a distance. I probably ruined the crops for half the population in the area, but I had no choice but to plow through the fields: I just couldn't find the right way. In Revillarruz there is a bar close to the Ayuntamiento.
My memory of this stretch was that much of it was on a Via Verde, very pleasant and full of people walking, jogging, and hanging out with family.
Shortly before Cardeñadijo you can choose a) the Via Verde, no marking needed, 4,4 km, the pink line, b) the Ruta for walkers over the hills, up and down, not too well marked, 6,8 km, the blue line. Both routes meet near the city center.
The alternative Vía Verde Santander-Mediterráneo starts already from Cojóbar, and the blue and the purple lines on the map are intertwined from here all the way to Burgos. I tend to jump from one line to the other; whatever gets me as fast as possible to Burgos... On the Vía Verde, a few kms after Cojóbar, there is a tunnel of 600 mtrs (!) to walk through. The only source of light comes from both ends of the tunnel, and the light slowly fades the further you go into it... When you are right in the middle of the tunnel, it is chilly and almost completely dark, as both the entrance and the exit are reduced to small dots in the distance... one's imagination runs wild... Not for the faint-hearted...! But what a relief to exit, and to be out in the open, fresh air again...! That tunnel is an experience, I say!
Even on the Vía Verde, it is easy to sneak off to Cardeñadijo where there is at least one bar; probably more. Also in Cardeñadijo, the San Olav joins the Lana, coming from Covarrubias. More on that later, I suppose!
We all know what Burgos looks like, but why not celebrate our arrival with a few pictures... Here you are...