Camino de Santiago – Day 12

Camino de Santiago – Day 12
Walked from: Hontanas
Walked to: Boadilla del Camino
Date: 13 October 2017
Distance: 29.5km

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The day started early, due to the four Italian men in the dorm room who thought it appropriate to turn the light on and start talking to one another – while taking forever to pack – shortly before 6am this morning. I was always taught that ‘hate’ is a very strong word to use, but for the first 10km of my day, I stomped along pathways lit weakly by a waning moon, and experienced very strong feelings of immense dislike towards all of them. Not a good day for Italy on the trail…

Still, I perked up once I’d had a sandwich and hot chocolate breakfast in the pretty town of Castrojeriz, and really enjoyed the steep climb – and the views it afforded across the Meseta – up to Alto de Mostelares, just 3.5km out (and up!) from the town. The going was good until the lemonade stop at the 20k mark in Itero de la Vega, but the last 8.5k into Boadilla del Camino, the village where I’m staying tonight, was a trudge along a stony byway with no shade and lots of unseasonably hot sun. The walkers tan is certainly coming along well!

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Anyway, this evening I’m fulfilling a more-than-a-year-long ambition by staying at the ‘En El Camino’ hostel, right by the 16th century church. I passed through here on my way to the next town when I walked this section of the Camino last summer, and regretted leaving the oasis of green that the hostel and its pretty garden offers tired walkers. The Italians mentioned in the start of this entry are here too, but I got us put in a different room, so here’s hoping I’ll be allowed to sleep in just a BIT after 6am tomorrow morning. One can live in hope!

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