Day 11 Belorado to San Juan de Ortega

The Stats:

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MILES: 15 CUMULATIVE MILES: 166

STEPS: 28,000  CUMULATIVE STEPS: 366,000

TIME WALKING: 7 HOURS  CUMULATIVE TIME WALKING: 73 HOURS


I mentioned yesterday that the town had lots of murals painted on the buildings. Here are a few more I saw on my way out.

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This one was at my hostel. Very weird… but I love the unicorn 🙂

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A few more shots as I left the town of Belorado.

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Today was a WILD weather day! Plus the terrain is starting to change.

So, lets begin.

I started hiking at 7:15am and was greeted with lots of fog. It was kind of strange and interesting walking though it. Here are a few pics:

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For the past couple of days, I have been walking through vineyards and fields of grain. Today, I walked in different terrain as I hiking up a small mountain (see above elevation map) that included large stands of pine trees and different flowers.

This was a really dark forest. You could tell it was a tree farm and it was well maintained.

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A little later in the day, the fog started to lift and the sun started to make an appearance in small patches in the distance.

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A cool little hostel along the way.

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At around noon I stopped at a mass grave near the top on the mountain. It was discovered in 2010 and contained 104 bodies. These people were killed in 1936 by Franco. Very sad…

This is the grave site.

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Here is a sign from the site. You can see the dig site.

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After lunch the sun came out and I was walking though a forest again. Out of nowhere a small clearing appeared and there was a small oasis. It was a cross between Ben & Jerry’s and a Gateful Dead concert 🙂 A few photos…

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It was a fun place to take a short rest.

I arrived at the hostel at around 2:30pm. About 5 minutes later a huge thunderstorm came in and dumped a lot of rain. About 20 minutes later, the sun came out. About 30 minutes later…

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YES! That is hail, about the size of small peas. And 15 minutes later… it was sunny again. So, let’s recap today’s weather:

  1. Foggy
  2. Sunny
  3. Thunderstorm
  4. Sunny
  5. Hail
  6. Sunny

Kind of a crazy day

A Camino Story

I met a couple of pilgrims today… Mackenzie & Jonathan. Mackenzie just graduated from college and decided to do the Camino before starting her work career. Jonathan is from Denmark and works as a drug counselor in Copenhagen. He also is training for a 1/2 marathon when he is done with the Camino. Yesterday, after hiking all day, he went running for an hour. For this feat, he has been given the Camino nickname of “The Machine” 🙂

Today’s Thoughts

  • Crazy weather, what can say? Just glad I made it to the hostel before the rain & hail.
  • It got pretty cold here in the evening. In fact the hostel had to fire-up their wood burning furnace in the dining area. I never thought it would be this cold in June in Spain. Lots of pilgrim were warming up next to the fire.
  • Tonights pilgrim dinner was a little different. Usually you get a few choices for a starter, main course and dessert. Tonight it was cafeteria style with no choices. I had pasta, sliced pork & fries, and an orange. It was tasty.

 

Cheers,

 

-jj

 

 

 

 

 

 

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