Camino Day 20: Villarmentero de Campos to Calzadilla de la Cueza 28km

Rain had to happen sooner or later and today day 20 on the Camino was that day. The weather forecast was for rain and strong winds and that was spot on. Just not at the same time.

I started off walking by myself using good music as my only company. The first 10km from Villarmentero de Campos to Carrion de Los Condes.

The Camino follows the main road in parallel for the first 10km. Walking in the rain…

Carrion de Los Condos started to appear through the rain. Note the “pilgrim” wearing an umbrella to the far right in front of me.

All us pilgrim comrades had decided to meet at the cafe below to decide the next steps.

My initial thinking given the grim weather forecast was to stay the night in Carrion de Los Condes. Then the weather forecast for the afternoon changed to windy but no rain. That is manageable.

Part of the “PoP” pilgrim team, Margha and Win aka the Mum. Does that show?

Ahh… You may wonder what PoP stands for. Of course it stands for “Piece of Piss”, the Australian way 🙂

My buddy and I below decided to move on to Caldadilla de la Cueza. He was a bit slow so I soon left him behind.

Soon another great old rusty sign was visible along the Camino. There are quite a few vintage signs still along the Camino. Most of them look fantastic.

The road to Calzadilla de la Cueza was long and straight, with no facilities and soon windy. Unbelievably windy. Yes, the windiest since I was crossing the Pyrenees.

As you can see, it is all open space. Maybe this is the real peseta?

This old well and pump looked fantastic but potable water there.

Finally, which felt like after forever, the small town of Caldadilla de la Cueza appeared down in a valley. Several albergues but only one single combined bar and restaurant and one mini market. Yes, it was a one horse town.

The WiFi at the albergue was crap but hearsay had it that the bar’s WiFi was OK. Now, where is that bar?

Pub pizza and a glass of vino tinto rounded out the day and night. All for a bargain price of 9€.50. Back to albergue to chill and not a late night.

392km walked. 393km left to walk after Day 20

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