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El Burgo Ranero, Albergue de Camino de Santiago 20 May 2024

Today we were up at 6:30am, packed and across the road for breakfast just after seven.


Being on the Camino Frances there are now dozens of pilgrims walking. Unfortunately on this Camino pilgrims are either booking accommodation ahead or leaving early to be first at the Albergues that do not accept reservations. Today we did not have an issue and are booked into a nice Albergue where the hospitaleros are a couple (Angela (born in Bunyip) & Stephen) from Warragul, Victoria.


We walked about 18km today across the Meseta (the high flat plain between Burgos and Leon). There was no uphill, no downhill and paths alongside an existing but quiet road. At least there was shade which is very different from when we walked this way in 2013 when the trees planted alongside the path were only very small.


Paul and I walked together (Paul’s first day of walking) while Kate raced ahead and walked with a Swiss couple in order to improve her French language skills.


Tomorrow our fate is uncertain as all the pilgrims suggest that there is no accommodation in Mansilla de las Mulas.




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Veronique Helmridge-Marsillian
Veronique Helmridge-Marsillian
May 20

I have found, for my satisfaction, a map of your journey.

No way: Kate "raced ahead"? That is excellent news on the health and foot front. And the blokes could have bloke talk.


Beautiful mural of a mother and babe by Marín de la Red. The words are from a song by Agustín Garcia Calvo: "I love you free like a stream leaping from rock to rock, but not mine…".

This part of the Path is obviously easier, hence more populated, hence more competitive in terms of accommodation. I hope you find some without too much struggle. On the other hand, I am sure that pilgrims in earlier centuries slept under trees or in barns.

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