Destination: Mansilla de las Mulas (Mansilla Mayor)
Distance: 21.5 km
Time: 6 hours, 9:15 am to 3:15 pm
Terrain: Flat gravel trail, lined with young Plane trees, tran along a quiet road win very little traffic.
Weather: sunny, warm, almost a bit too hot.
Total distance to date: 442 km (+ 12k taxi)
We had a decent sleep but Erik is feeling pretty rough with his cold. Did our usual routine – dress, coffee/croissant, pack, and were on our way by 9:15. Bought some almonds before we left, and we had oranges left from the day before so we were set to walk three hours to the first town.
We took it easy and the weather was beautiful. The trail was great, running alongside a quiet road. It felt like we were walking across Saskatchewan today – very flat with grain fields on both sides.
There were 3-4 picnic sites along the way but they need some tending (long grass and garbage) and they never have bathrooms. In fact the entire 13 km section has no water or any other facilities. It seems that you need to plan ahead or pee behind a bush when you are on the Meseta.
We stopped at a bar in the one and only town, and Erik had some ham and potatoes and we both had a Nestea. It was getting hot out and we were glad we had sunscreen.
This section of the Camino is beautiful in the Spring but it must be challenging in mid to late summer when it is so hot and everything is brown and dead.
We arrived in Mansilla de las Mulas around 2:15 pm and checked out the location of the bus station, then bought some bananas. We hadn’t been able to find a hotel room in town so we booked a room in a guest house in the next village, about 2.5 km further including about 1.5 km off the Camino. It was about a 40 minute walk from the bus station. We need to know this because we plan to walk back into town tomorrow morning to catch a bus to Leon.
Tomorrow we are taking a rest day, partly because Erik has a cold and partly because we just need a rest. We can’t afford to lose a day’s walk so we’ve decided to take a bus into Leon tomorrow. It’s only about 15 km and a chunk of it is commercial and industrial so it seems like a good time to to grab a bus for a few kms. We have a nice hotel in Leon and will drop off our backpacks until our room is ready if we get there early.
We really like our accommodations tonight – a nice room in a cool building. There only seems to be one other gentleman here. We will have dinner here and j read reviews that the food is good. It’s not a pilgrim’s meal (yay!) so it’s a little more expensive but I’m looking forward to some different food. The owner was great when we arrived. We were wandering around town trying to find it and suddenly a man on a bike called out “Senor Danielsen?” He had been waiting for us and went out looking I guess. He gave us a beer and a bowl of crackers to take to our room as soon as we arrived as well. Nice!
Erik had a shower and is now sleeping while I write my blog. I guess I’ll wake him up in time for dinner. 🙂
I didn’t take too many photos today. Thank you so much for the comments and Facebook ‘likes’ – they are much appreciated!
For those who have asked, most photos have been taken on my iPhone 6S. A few pics of me were taken on Erik’s iPad.