Again, pilgrims...the San Rafael albergue in Ages - the food is very good and reasonably priced, but I would not sleep here again. Noise travels everywhere and the price for a private room is far too expensive for what you get (also, the television issue was false advertising). So -- it's good for meals but not so good for sleeping.
Out of Ages, to and through Atapuerca (site of prehistoric caves containing earliest hominid remains in Europe), up the hill to Cruceiro...
...and down the (very muddy!) hill toward Burgos...
The Way splits just outside of Burgos..one can take a road to the right of the airport or a muddy field to the left of the airport. We chose the muddy field.
The Catedral. We saw a lot of this area because we got slightly lost while looking for our albergue (we walked right past it while staring in awe at the cathedral)...
The muni albergue is very modern. Four bunks per cubicle with ample showers and electrical outlets. It holds over a hundred people so there is no "atmosphere," but it is in an excellent part of town and it has everything a pilgrim could need. It's only five Euros a night, too.
We had to say goodbye to our new friends Rosa, Alfonzo, and their son today. We saw them in the albergue; they are taking a bus back home this evening. They were on The Way for Holy Week only - that's a shame, since it would be very nice to keep seeing them all the way to Santiago. Rosa and Alfonzo, if you read this, please know that the girls and I loved every minute of our time with you. If you ever come to the United States, please let us know. Nos casa es sus casa. (I hope that's correct Spanish). Truly, it was an absolute pleasure.
Misc. comments - we had a lot of rain again today, but we felt fine and we walked quickly. Lots of sheep and rolling hills and mud.
My right leg is not happy. All the muscles - every single one of them - are telling me that they would very much like a break, thank you very much. Sage has her first (and I hope only) blister and one of the toes on my left foot is swollen. We will take a short walking day tomorrow (less than ten miles) and see how it goes. Alex's feet and legs are fine.
The girls and I are now used to inexpensive but delicious three-course meals every evening, and I am now used to having two to three glasses of local wine each night. I anticipate a rough homecoming when we get back to NH. We will miss the Spanish food and drink.
My right leg hurts. Badly. All over. I think I mentioned that before, but I'll say it again now. Ow.
We always see a bunch of friendly and familiar faces while walking each day. We keep seeing the same great people over and over. It's nice to say hello to everyone, and to know we will likely see at least some of them here and there all the way to Santiago.
My leg hurts.
We head toward the Meseta tomorrow, so I'm not sure we will have Internet access for a while. The Meseta is a bit of a wilderness area (open crops and fields with few people and tiny towns spaced far apart). I'll write whenever I'm able.
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