Camino Day 22: Terradillos de Los Templarios to El Burgo Ranero 31km

I decided this morning in Terradillos de Los Templarios that it was time to walk alone again for a little while.

Not that I didn’t like the group of people that I have been walking with, but let’s go introvert for a while. So off I went by myself.

I had breakfast in the next town called Moratinos some 45 minutes down the road. Yes, they offered bacon and eggs. Yum!

The restaurant had an interesting set up for toilet rolls. There were two of them, one mounted as per below… Right..?

There was some rain in the morning for a few hours but the weather forecast was for that to stop.

The lighter and brighter sky behind the town of Saharan may be the improvement?

Just east of and before Sarahun, there was this ancient bridge with no water. In fact, there was nowhere to the left for any water to go. According to the guidebook, it was an ancient Roman bridge.

Now, this setup looked impressive. What it is? Why is it there?

It was the geographical midpoint of the Camino…

…if you count the Camino as going from Roncesvalles to Santiago de Compostela. In other words, the Spanish part only.

I had of course started my Camino in St Jean Pied de Port in France so I had already passed the midway point.

Walking into Sahagun, there was this old garage in an almost old American western style. I liked the look of it.

Saharan is the most accepted midway town of the Camino. There were several artworks there reflecting the passing pilgrims. Here is one…

…and here is another.

The Spanish pilgrim in front of me below looked almost like a caricature of a Camino figure.

Many towns and villages along the Camino have resting places like the below. Yes, I took the opportunity to get a short rest here at this particular one myself.

No rain today from mid-morning onwards but plenty of wind yet again. Check out the trees on the right. Not quite what I experienced crossing the Pyrenees but you need to hold on to your hat here.

Today’s destination El Burgo Ranero greets you with this impressive statue as you walk into town. I arrived at around 1.30pm after about 6 hours of walking.

My albergue for the night was La Laguna and this is the entrance.

Albergue La Laguna was a pleasant enough place. It had a huge outdoor lawn, outdoor hanging space for clothes and a reasonable kitchen. With a microwave oven. So I can make myself a cup of tea. Which I did for an afternoon cuppa.

Later, I wandered around the town of El Burgo Ranero. I found El Peregrino hostel where the adjacent restaurant was serving “menú del peregrino“. Even at 4.30pm. What the heck? I have had no lunch but munching on chocolate cookies. Let’s have something decent to eat. And I did.

Primero (entree) was tasty vegetable soup with plenty of veggies in it. Even the carrots tasted OK.

I got a whole bottle of wine with my 10€ meal. The waiter even opened the bottle at my table. One bottle for one person. Yes, it tasted fine too.

The segundo (main) was salmon. And no fries. Just more veggies. Delicious.

Postre (dessert) was a chocolate and vanilla ice cream in a tub. Nice.

May I say that this was the best “menú del peregrino” I had on the camino so far. It was top food. And healthy too. Loved it.

Well, the vino tinto made me sleepy and I went back to my albergue La Laguna for a nice cup of tea 🙂

434km walked. 351km left to walk after Day 22

Press stop: I just booked myself a single room in Leon for Thursday and Friday nights. A room for myself… That was a long time ago… Bayonne in France pre Camino.

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