A little reminder of the climb, and as you can see it’s the complete opposite from yesterday.
A sort hike across he top of the mesa and I found what I’d come to see today.
Yup a road sign with a very steep down hill! However, there’s more to the story. It was while walking down this hill alone (Annemarie was injured and hitched a ride with the baggage truck) that I made my decision to retire. The purpose of my first Camino.
I figured by waiting today for the rain to die down that there would be others out ahead of me. I guess they all made the same decision. How sid I figure that out?
Mine were the only foot prints in the clay gumbo mud! For the uninitiated this is really nasty stuff to walk through. Fortunately it lasted for only a while until better footing was found, but my boots bear the scars.
There you go a Neil!
The Provincial boundary marker has been spruced up with a better home as well.
After Itero there was a long slow climb that I remembered well.
Once over the hill things didn’t look quite as nice with lots of moisture in the air and the clouds seemed to skim by over my head just out of reach.
More rain was definite a possibility, but generally it was just an Irish mist with a bit of rain. I kept my poncho away and my gortex again worked out quite well. A reminder that fall is well underway in Spain!
And then I arrived at the Canal de Castilla and I knew that I had about 3 kms to walk before lunch.
It’s a bit like walking in Holland along the canal. I thought that the first time, and had no reason to change my mind this time.
Then at the end of the canal.
And it was in to Fromista for lunch where I also had a quick second look at the 11th C Iglesia de San Martin, one of the best Romanesque churches in Spain.
From there on to Poblacion where I’m in a small hotel up top in a loft room. The rain is steadily bouncing off the skylight so I’ll know if it’s raining tomorrow before I even get up! In France some weeks ago walking in the heat and the sun I said to Annemarie that I would think fondly of those days as I slogged through the wet and cold that I knew was waiting in Spain. I was right!