Destination: El Burgo Ranero
Distance: 18 km
Time: 4 1/2 hours, 10:30am to 3:00 pm
Terrain: flat gravel trail through farmland, lots of wild flowers
Weather: sunny and warm!
Total distance to date: 421 km (+12 taxi)
Erik took some cold meds last night and went to bed early while I planned out the rest of our journey. We know our bodies pretty well now and we are considering booking most, if not all, of the rest of our journey. The trail is getting busier and busier as we get closer to Santiago, and many of the smaller towns are completo by noon. It’s crazy.
There’s a downside to booking ahead but most places give you a 1-2 day cancellation option, and we’ve already agreed that if something goes wrong and we can’t make it to our reserved spot, we can take a bus or a taxi part of the way.
Today was a beautiful walk through farmland. Erik was feeling better this morning and my legs are good. We wandered around town a bit before we left and bought some snacks, more anti inflammatory cream, and 2 more tensor bandages. That’s why we got a bit of a late start.
We stopped in for a cold drink at the one town we went through and I also got to stop for a pee behind a bush along the way. I bought this awesome device for women that allows you to pee standing up, and without taking off too much clothing. It’s very discrete and works great. There are many brands but I recommend the one I have called Freshette. I think I got it at MEC. It is essentially a funnel shaped device with a soft tube extension. This brand lets you push the tube back in for storage and comes with a heavy plastic storage bag. You just rinse it out later when you get where you are going. It would be great to take in any hike or if you are out in a boat.
We are staying at a hotel that is basically a huge truck stop along the highway, at the edge of town. It is new and clean, although a little pricey. It was the only place that we were able to find in this small town that is out in the middle of nowhere. We heard that all of the albergues were full by noon today. I feel sorry for anyone arriving in town now and looking for a place to stay.
Today’s photos are all close ups of the flowers that I saw along the trail today. I think Erik gets a little annoyed with me when keep stopping to take pictures of flowers. :).
The poppies are our favourite!