Apr 03 2017

Stage 24: Tordesillas to Mira del Marqués 24.7km

Left the albergue late, filled our sacks with provisions for the road, didn’t leave town till 11am and paid for our tardiness with the heat. Took the alternative route that led us away from the path beside the motorway and through some villages – still no shops/bars/cafe opportunities. It got me thinking. The Camino Sureste is fine in that unlike others it rarely has the perigrino walking for miles on tarmac. It’s been pretty thoughtful and incredibly well marked, and we’ve met enthusiastic people dedicated to keeping this path open and free. However, the landscape is often so vast and the agriculture so industrial that there’s little opportunity to focus on the smaller things. In fact, we ARE the smaller things. Felt a bit like a hobbit today, not for the first time, longing for the Shire. The Shire is ahead – the Camino Sanabrés, when we join it, will lead us up and into Galicia and for that final third of our journey we’ll be surrounded by mountains and nature. Really looking forward to it.

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