Camino Day 19: Itero de Vega to Villarmentero de Campos 25km

The earliest start to date on the Camino as I was up 5.40am in Itero de Vega. My room mate Win was already awake and downstairs in the kitchen area, I began to pack up my gear.

The bedroom window at 6am. A much pleasant outlook. Although it looks, and was, cold out there.

The downstairs kitchen area. Somebody’s living room. Yes, the accommodation here was like a cut down version of a bed and breakfast.

The water did not come out by turning the taps. No, you have to step on that pedal and then you can control the amount or flow of water with the taps.

I liked this pilgrim ornament so much that he became my temporary Facebook profile picture. Let’s see how many likes I will get. Post note: Not many…

Since I now have teabags, I was able to begin the new day with a hot cup of tea. Heaven. The rest of the breakfast can wait but hot tea…. Ahhhh…

On the road again at 7am. Predawn, fog and coooold. And beautiful yet again.

After a bit more meseta lookalike country, the Camino got much more scenic. It started to follow Canal de Castilla.

Plenty of photo opportunities along Canal de Castilla. Easy and pleasant walking too.

Autumn is approaching these parts of Spain. There had been a gradual shift to cooler mornings and there are more yellow leaves on the trees. Nothing wrong with its beauty.

An almost picture perfect reflection of the building in Canal de Castilla.

Read all about Canal de Castilla in Spanish.

Arriving at Fromista, there was an impressive old lock system for the canal. Or maybe it wasn’t that old?

The locks from a different angle…

…and looking towards were I came from. Ben is taking photos as well.

After Fromista, the Camino was definitely less scenic again.

First the Camino crossed a traffic junction with a mega roundabout. Then this. Alongside a busy road for a long time. At least the Camino was not part of the road as it had been many times elsewhere. And you can’t get lost.

Below is an interesting road sign from an Australian perspective.

While some Australian states have introduced a mandatory 1m gap between car and cyclists, other states have no such rules. I don’t believe any Australian state has a mandatory 1.5 meter gap.

The town of Publication de Campos was a Camino town. The evidence was everywhere…

…and it is visible here again. Including a shabby looking pilgrim.

Publication de Campos from the other west side.

I am not sure what kind of bird would build these massive nests, but the nests are quite common along the Camino. I for sure would not like to be the one climbing up there to try to remove that nest.

Today’s destination Villarmentero de Campos came into view just before 1pm.

Tonight’s albergue was a real hippie joint. The second such place where I have stayed on the Camino. What meets you as you arrive may provide some idea what kind of place it could be…

There were 18 inside beds and this salon commedor. And some outdoor beds as we will soon see. An eclectic mix of… everything. Inside and outside.

Peregrinos

…and from another angle.

I described the albergue as a hippie joint. What you see below is the outside accommodation. Yes, you could sleep in most of those structures. If you want to… Or there is no room left inside.

You may spend the night in either of these two bed arrangements. Inside the concrete tube to the left or inside the tipee to the right.

Perhaps dear reader, you still didn’t believe me? Well, this is how it looked inside that concrete tube. Yes, there is a bed in there.

The two freestanding huts had a double bed each inside. You can have one of the huts all for yourself for 14€ per night if you have no one to share it with. I stayed inside the main building with the other pilgrims.

Not too bad really… Maybe you can even swing a cat in there…

There was an European Union flag hanging off a wall that didn’t seem quite right…

The albergue also housed several farm animals. These guys below liked swimming in the pool. Unfortunately, the house donkeys were elsewhere today.

The geese were quite aggressive and chased people at times. You could pacify them with bread as this guy would well know…

…although that didn’t prevent the geese from nibbling on clothes from the washing line.

Dinner at 10€ was a complete vegetarian affair. Lentils, salad, pasta salad and tortilla with a variety of veggies were on offer. I ate a lot of it all. Fresh and tasty.

I may sticking my neck out here but I found the vegetarian pilgrim meals to be superior to others.

This is the dinner table with a motley crew of Aussies, Americans, German, Kiwi, Spanish and French.

Did I mention that a Dutchman owned the albergue, a German girl managed it and with a Belgian girl in the bar?

Today I also learnt that Mary Jane is another name for a drug recently legalized in some American states. It is all educational…

Plenty of beer and then vino tinto meant that an old man like me had to retire at a decent hour. Otherwise the old man may suffer later… Others did not and suffered a bit the following day.

363km walked. 422km left to walk after Day 19

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