Camino de Santiago – Day 11

Camino de Santiago – Day 11
Walked from: Burgos
Walked to: Hontanas
Date: 12 October 2017
Distance: 32km


It’s 2.30pm in the afternoon, and my walking day (all 32km of it) is over. Over to the extent that, sitting in the sun, I’m mildly drunk on a mixture of cold beer and local red wine, both of which I’ve had with my lunch. I hear that alcohol is an excellent cure for sore feet, a concept which I’m keen to bring to heel…

Puns aside, it’s been a good walking day. After another early-ish start, this time from the beautiful city of Burgos, where I was on my way by 7.30am. It took a while to hit the outskirts of the city, but I had an enlightening chat with a Kiwi healer shortly after day broke, and a lovely torrilla/fresh OJ/hot chocolate breakfast in Rabé de las Calzadas, where I wandered into the same cafe as the normal walking crew, who hadn’t (unlike me) spent the night luxuriating in clean sheets and en-suite bathrooms in town.


I hit the Meseta today, which is supposed to be the big, hot flat bit which covers most of Spain. FYI, the first bit of it isn’t bloody flat. In fact, it’s got more curves and climbs than the past few days put together. But there’s something about it that is truly beautiful. The town where I’m staying tonight is hidden in a fold of its vastness – it appears, as if by magic, in the semi-desert landscape, offering large, ice-cold glasses of beer and local home cooked food (the chick pea and pork stew was AMAZING). It also has a sweet local church and a hostel that feels rather like a Hollywood set of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. All in all, aching soles of feet aside, it’s been another excellent day on the Camino de Santiago.

About silkakt

I'm a map addict. I nip out in my lunch break to go to the National Map Centre, just around the corner from where I work, to feed my habit. My fix normally costs £7.99 and comes in the form of an OS map, although I'm a big fan of Sustrans cycle maps, the Trailblazer walking guides and maps of the world too. And once I've got my new map, I start plotting - routes, adventures and an escape away from the office that I spend too much time in. Maps, quite simply, make the world a better and more exciting place.
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2 Responses to Camino de Santiago – Day 11

  1. Mark Davies says:

    I will catch up on you’re walking tomorrow. For some more before bed reading.

    • silkakt says:

      Hope it sends you to sleep quickly! Sorry there are a whole 27 days of it, but I’ve stopped now (honest) and it’s lovely you’re taking the time to read my nonsense!

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