Hello from Spain my friends. Tonight I find myself in the small town of Carrón de Los Condes on the road to León.
Once again Kevin from Chicago has become my walking partner in this strange fusion of liaisons previously mentioned. I must apologise about the frequency of the journal entries thus far, but the Camino is not like a long voyage so there are short, intense changes in incidents and places. So please bear with me, as it is necessary to report fairly often to remain relevant. I guess you all know where the ‘off switch is’ should you tire of a cluttered inbox!
Palencia is a part of The Junta of Castilla and León and is similar with the wide open country shown in the above photograph. It is well farmed with wheat and the occasional orchard, but nearly every square hectare seems farmed. Boring is a word that could be used to describe the endless straight track that tends to follow the main road towards León, but it is yet another lesson that the Camino has to teach… Staying in present time.
The lovely Meseta country is now behind us, my favourite section so far, but it isn’t all monotony, I managed to pick up an alternative route following the River Usieza which presented me with a truly delightful chance to camp for a night.
This was the first very cold night, and as the sun set a brisk, chilly wind increased; I was soon cuddling up in my sleeping bag before nine o’clock! There was actually frost on the ground the following morning!
it seems that Kevin and I are destined to meet and even when we walk alone, the Camino has other plans. That is the way of it… I wonder what the next lesson will be?