Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Halfway to Santiago

Day 13 Hornillos
Day14  Castrojeriz
Day 15 Fromista
Day 16 Carrion de Los Cones
Day 17 Moratinos
Day 18  Calzadilla de Los Hermanillos
Day 19 Mansilla de las Mulas

We just passed the halfway geographical point  in Sahagun. That means we have about 240 miles to go. We are excited and looking forward to the next two to three weeks.

New countries of fellow walkers we have recently met: Finland, Mexico, Sweden,Norway, and Denmark.

For the past few days we have been on what's called the Meseta (table). It is mostly flat with little ups or downs. Wheat fields predominate as far as you can see. It has been an agriculture area for over a thousand years  supplying grain for the  Roman Empire.  Today we have been walking on an ancient Roman road, although it seems just like a dirt road without many cars. Tomorrow we will walk on the most perfect stretch of Roman road left in Spain,  following in the footsteps of Emperor Augustus himself. Our next big town will be Leon, which has a grand cathedral like Burgos. We will spend some time there seeing the city, then enter the Galacia portion of the journey which will be more mountainous. On we go!

Some more of our favorite photos.  (Puente means bridge)
 Virgen del Puente (1000 year old church)
 Puente Romano leaving Sahagun.
  Yellow arrow on post to show us the way as the path stretches across the valley.
 It's a long road ahead to reach Santiago
  Entrance to old church, Santa Maria la Virgin Blanca, and beautiful rose window (below)

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