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Gareth Tommy here have problems with provider so couldn't answer you. In Santo Domingo calazado. T ook it easy for a few days. You are going well. Great idea for night walk good photo opportunity. Might do the same. Buen Camino
If you pass through Frómista, and want to shower, wash clothes (free for you) or rest for a while in a hostel, you are invited to ours. It will be a real honor for me and a satisfaction to be able to help you in any way.
Hi Mick & Gareth, I did several very early starts on the Meseta, so I often walked for 2 hours in the dark. I would advise using a good quality head torch. The paths are quite wide and have a gravelly flat surface most of the time. There are some long straight sections and some winding rolling sections. There are great views of the distant horizon and low sky that are best felt in the daytime. Sunrises and sunsets are a sight to behold. Watch out for rock formations of arrows or other designs!
Hi.Hi Mick & Gareth, I did several very early starts on the Meseta, so I often walked for 2 hours in the dark. I would advise using a good quality head torch. The paths are quite wide and have a gravelly flat surface most of the time. There are some long straight sections and some winding rolling sections. There are great views of the distant horizon and low sky that are best felt in the daytime. Sunrises and sunsets are a sight to behold. Watch out for rock formations of arrows or other designs!
With a full moon it would be spectacular and you'll walk bathed in moonlight. On a dark and cloudless night, you'll have the Milky Way above to light your way. Stop, turn off your head torch, look up and be still for a few minutes; then you'll really understand the meaning of the word 'Compostela' (Field of Stars).
I'll never forget walking under the arches of the ruins of San Antón on the way from Hontanas to Castrojeríz in the pitch black of the night. I nearly got spooked by two early risers who suddenly emerged from the ruins ..... they had been staying at the San Antón albergue!
Tip: In Castrojeríz there is a wonderful place to stop for an hour at the Casa de Silencio. I'm not sure if it's open at night time, you can always try. It is right on the path through the town, no need to make a detour.
"Strange just had a vision of a submarine sailing along the Meseta"If walking at night try to use red light if that is bright enough. Maybe you can put a red filter or cellophane over a white light.
Think of those submarine movies where the captain has the boat use the red lights before surfacing so his night vision works better.
From Gareth Today :
Well Mick, I’m finally a real pilgrim; I got my first blister today This was not the best day to rock up to Burgos being a Sunday on lockdown, but it is a beautiful city.
I followed your guide and came in through the park rather than the industrial area and it was a pleasant walk. I should really say that I mostly followed your directions, as two very helpful locals kept me on course when I was about to step wrong! Lovely people and I am thankful for my few words of Spanish!
So I had a look at the map and the really nice comments that you sent on. Tomorrow I will do Burgos to Hontanas during the day, Tuesday Hontanas to Boadilla Del Camino also during the day. This way I won’t miss the nice view during the day. On Wednesday morning I’ll set out and stop in Frómista for a coffee to say hello to GMAG if I know which albergue to stop at. It’s always nice to say hello in person after such a kind offer!
I’ll finish up around 1pm on Wednesday in Carrión, sleep for a few hours and then take Rebekah’s suggestion to walk from 11pm to Moratinos. With getting lost time, that should put me at Peaceable Kingdom around 6am on Thursday morning. If Rebekah’s kind offer still stands, I’ll slip in quietly so as not to wake anyone.
Thanks also for all of the nice suggestions from so many people including MarkyD, Bunny and Rick and the offers of help!View attachment 80961View attachment 80962View attachment 80963View attachment 80964View attachment 80965View attachment 80967View attachment 80968View attachment 80969View attachment 80970
Gareth says "many thanks" he is passing Frómista tomorrow "God willing""Message from Fromista GM To M&M Base Camp":
Perfect !!, I love true pilgrims !, and I will have a good dose of anti blister cream, in case it is necessary ...
What a beautiful post !!! Thank you, Mick, this is the Camino, life ... surprise ... spontaneity ... improvisation ... solve problems, go ahead and above all ... heart and friendship !, is our reason for being here, for that thank you.
It's the Luz de Frómista albergue, and my phone number ( Gareth can use it for whatever he needs or wants) is 635140169. (maybe 00 34 635140169)
The last two words were invariably the endings of utterances from my father. May Gareth stay safe. Loosen the shoelaces. Drink water galore.
Hi Mick, 29km today was a little painful, but this was mitigated by beautiful views. The day was overcast with a little refreshing rain. It was a nice day.Early Thursday: an arrival (Gareth) and a departure (me) at Peaceable.. I am walking the Camino from Leon! Please put him in touch soon so he can find our place and put himself to bed.
I am loving the pictures, but it is troubling to see everyone sitting shoulder to shoulder at the communal dinner table. I thought social distancing was still being observed even when eating outdoors.
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