Apr 14. Day 19. 25.5 km. Departed 0745 hours, arrived 1440 hours.
Today was a pleasurable blend of experiences. The hike up to the Alto de Mostelares (907m) was within the first 20 mins after leaving our lodging. The flat portion allowed us to stretch the legs before the climb. It was rated 12 degrees over 1050m. It seemed steeper when you are on it, but it was gentle when you aren’t carrying a full backpack. Both views (backwards and forwards) from the summit were stupendous. Thus, we were full of energy when we did this.
The walk through the Meseta plains, with its vast flatness, was soothing. For us, the tiredness comes in after 20km or so, when either our day packs begins to weigh on us or the feet begins to feel every stone or unevenness in the ground.
The final 5-6 km into Fromista was along a canal, which was on the right of the trail. To the immediate left of the trail was a line of trees, which gave some shade from the sun. A blissful tag teaming by canal and trees.
The sun rise as we were leaving Castrojeriz
Part of St Nicholas church as we reached the outskirts of town
We liked how the sun rays colored part of this clouds
Before reaching the base of the hills, we had to cross the San Miguel bridge, with some arches from the 12th century. It’s part of a Roman causeway (to cross the marshland).
San Miguel bridge
This was a second bridge. Scripture reference is thought provoking.
Part of the river and marshland, viewed from second bridge.
A helpful ascent sign. The descent sign showed a gradient of 18% over 350 m. And someone was jogging up when we were descending!
A view of pilgrims making their way up.
Selfie moment at Alto de Mostelares. There was a flat portion that we walked for 10-15 mins before descending.
The views of the wide valley expanse if the Meseta plains
Hopefully, this panaramic picture shows up well.
As we walked along the plains, the clouds and green fields were iconic.
These buildings are dovecotes, sheltering doves. There are no windows and one small entrance (for maintenance purposes). Just outside Boadilla del Camino.
Our first views of the canal as we approached the trails that ran alongside it for several km.
Another look at the canal.
Rides can be arranged when service is in season!
Today is Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week.
We give thanks for all our blessings. And contemplate and work at internalizing the first Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”