Day Sixty Two. 18.8 Miles, 30.3 Kilometers.
Written on June 20, 2012.
Today we continue walking through the Meseta. Today’s path is considered the most perfect stretch of Roman road left in Spain. We are on the Camino by 6:20 a.m. We are walking toward the west so I keep looking back to the east. I want to see the first view of the sun. A bicycle rear view mirror would be perfect for this situation. We know that approximately fifteen miles today will be on a long stretch of gravel/rock road in the plains. We are prepared with sandwiches and plenty of water.
Another beautiful sunrise on the Meseta.
The Roman road that we are on is called the Calzada Romano. Vern is fascinated that we are walking in the footsteps of Emperor Augustus. The road is now in the middle of farmland and not far from train tracks. There was a two day variant option to take yesterday, we chose this route.
A sign at a crossroad in the Plains.
By the fact that we are not seeing many Pilgrims it seems that most Pilgrims took the other route. After many miles we met a woman from Belgium. Her dog has on “boots” and his own backpack. We see Barbara and Jordan from Texas and other Pilgrims who we recognize. We are all moving along quickly. The more that we can walk here before the sun gets high in the sky the better for all of us. After many hours people are checking with each other to see how they are doing.
Woman and dog Pilgrims from Belgium.
As we enter Mansilla de Las Mulas we agree to take a break, take our boots off, and see how we are feeling. We decide to continue on to Puente Villarente so that we can arrive in Leon earlier tomorrow. We walk another 3.5 Miles to an Albergue
The entrance to Mansilla de Las Mulas.
A view of the wall at Mansilla de Las Mulas.