Camino Day 14: Villambistia to Atapuerca 24km

This is outside the fantastic albergue San Roque in Villambistia. Most of our non-sleeping time here was on that outdoor terrace to the left.

The breakfast nook was interesting. It consisted of a small table outside the locked bar area with seating for two. The food felt a bit like an American motel breakfast; crap coffee and a severe overload of sugar. Dinner was much better.

Hold on, what is this below? Well, these are forms that you fill in if you want your backpack transported to the next albergue.

Out of our group of 6, only the oldest (me) and the youngest (Sophie) carried our own backpacks today. Hmmm…

Modern pilgrims with smartphones utilising free wifi.

This is an oldie but goldie. Here in 6 different languages.

The ever-changing weather was today cool, almost cold as we started off walking into the low lying fog. I even had my gloves on for a while. The fog soon burned off with blue skies and sun for the rest of the day.

Today’s selfie. Yes, I started off in a brilliant mood.

However, the Camino did pass a sad memorial…

According to the signage, there was a massacre here in 1936. 300 people, objecting to Franco’s dictatorship perished in this place.

In 2011, they unearthed a mass grave containing 30 of those massacred here. That is what the sign below said.

I didn’t like this place. Bad karma.

The road to Santiago de Compostela goes on forever… it seems. Especially when the view in front of you is like the below…

There were three tourists walking in front of me at one point…

Now, hold on. Those three are in our group of pilgrims. They are just not carrying any backpacks. Just small daypacks. Hmm…

Homestretch towards Atapuerca, today’s destination. Plenty of cows on both sides of the track and no fences.

Atapuerca has its own Stonehenge. A sort of Minihenge.

They discovered the earliest human remains ever here outside of Atapuerca. The remains date back 900,000 years and were found 3km off the Camino route into town.

None of us walked that extra 6km to check out the site as we had already done 23-24km for today. Would likely have been interesting, but…

Atapuerca was another one of those towns where you could see two gunslingers ride in from either direction. Both would be muttering something like “this town is not big enough for both of us”.

Loose dogs and chooks were roaming around (the latter was actually true).

Two gunslingers in town… OK, you caught me out there. The right shadow is me and the left is Sophie.

Here is Burt, 72 years old from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He stands second from left with Sophie, Aaron, and Ben.

The night finished with the demolition of two bottles of vino tinto out on the patio of the albergue. Ben, Aaron and I were the culprits.

That’s all folks. Tomorrow we will arrive in the “big smoke” of Burgos.

267km walked. 518km left to walk after Day 14

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