Subtle beauty of Meseta

Today would be our first full day in Meseta. Our goal, 21km. Only one village 10 km away where we would replenish water and food and settle at the next village for the night, another 10 km away.

We began early again to avoid the heat of the afternoon sun. We left at 6:20 I’m the morning in the dark with quite a few other pilgrims.

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Sitara and I took the lead and the whole team Camino covered 10 km in less than 3 hours.

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It is interesting to begin to see simple beauty all around you while the vast expanse stays stationary.

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We reached the village of Hontanas around 9:15 and enjoyed a nice breakfast of eggs, croissants, chocolate croissants, fresh orange juice and coffee.

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After over an hour break we decided to move on. The sun was already blazing at 10:30 and you could see the lines of pilgrims in the open vista, driven by invisible force towards Santiago.

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Along the way we ran into a 14th century ruins of a convent which was converted to an alberge.

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Few blocks after the San Anton Convent we were able to see the highlight of Castrojeriz, our destination for today.

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We are settled in a casa rural for tonight in a private room with our own bathroom. Everybody is resting after a nice lunch. It is one of the hottest day of the season according to our host. We have bought our grocery for tonight’s dinner and will enjoy our sandwich in the patio if it cools down.

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6 thoughts on “Subtle beauty of Meseta

  1. Shalu

    What a beautiful sunrise! I am feeling that Phase 2 holds a different type of energy so far. So excited for you all. And I love the shot of the road with the trees. Keep hydrated!

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  2. cojim

    I continue to be impressed with the progress you guys are making. I enjoyed the pre-dawn walking on the meseta, but Jeanette didn’t share my enthusiasm for walking in the dark so we ended up leaving around 7:00-7:30am most days.
    I think everybody who has walked the Camino has a “sunrise silhouette shadows on the meseta” photo .
    We ate lunch at that same albergue/bar in Hontanas where you were eating breakfast or lunch — bocadillo de jamon and an ice cold Coca Cola.
    Our favorite night on the Camino was spent in the little albergue built into the ruins of the Convento at San Anton where you walk through the arches — no electricity, no hot water, but nevertheless a night of Camino magic.

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  3. Camino Carla

    Enjoyed your pictures. Be sure to stay at the convent with the singing nuns and take part in the evening sing a long and the dinner with the other Pilgrims. It is a very special experience. They have a good size kitchen and plenty of space to wash and hang clothes. Buen camino. Carla

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