Apr 17. Day 22. 24.0 km. Departed 0730 hours, arrived 1355 hours.
Our first 6km was through the countryside, after which it was primarily alongside roadways or country roads.What distinguished the day for us was the spiritual reflections we read earlier in the morning and a devotional on the trail (thanks to our data plan). That prompted us to spend more time in prayer at the Ermita de la Virgen del Puente (2 km outside Sahagun) and several churches and monasteries in Sahagun.Don’t rush through Sahagun – there’s much history here.
We caught a lovely morning sunrise colors as we left our lodgings.
It was an overcast day that didn’t rained nor drizzled.
The trails in the early morning walk.
We are walking on the original Roman roads.
As this sign says, these are not Hobbit homes but wine cellars.
Fatima runs this charming cafe with 9 rooms. She persuaded us to try her home baked delicacies, especially the tart-like that’s connected with Holy Week.
Fatima was originally from Zimbabwe. She speaks English very well.
This motivational hand made sign along the trail was just the tonic for some. Bless the artist’s heart.
A lovely chapel dedicated to the Virgin del Puente. Benches and tables nearby for a prayerful stop.
A couple of stone monuments signifying the spot of the geographical center of the Camino Frances.
Close up of the left monument.
Sahagun is a nice sized town with lots of historical buildings and monuments. We visited some of them.
The arch of San Benito as we were leaving Sahagun.
As we walked towards Bercianos del Real Camino, we came across these lovely fields.
Bridges with character.
Some of the homes in Bercianos were built with old mud plus thatched materials.
Post Script: Praying at the Chapel helped re-center our Camino.
TIP: We switched to using Correos for our luggage transfer. We could go online to detail the dates and destinations, and when one commits to 5 stages or more, it’s cheaper. For 9 stages, 2 backpacks, that comes up to a good penny. But one’s destination lodging must be on Correos list!