My Camino Route in 2016

My Camino Route in 2016
This year, I will be walking Camino Madrid from El Escorial through Segovia and Valladolid to Sahagun. I will have a few more days of walking and am currently thinking I might then walk from Astorga to Zamora on the portion of the Via de la Plata that I did not walk in 2014. In all it w=should be about 18 days and somewhere between 250 and 300 miles of walking.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Barcial del Barco 2 October

The first photos are those of a local group in Alija trying to load their float onto a flatbed truck for its trip to a festival tomorrow in León.

I was only going to walk as far as Benavente today and got there before 1 pm, but no mercados were open since it was Sunday and to find a key for the albergue would have required a steep climb to find it (and it may have been difficult, too, since it was Sunday). Most businesses here still just shut down.

Anyway, I walked on another 8 km to Barcial del Barco, a smaller village. It has a privately run albergue with dinner and breakfast for 18 euro, soI am giving it a try. Total walk today was 30 km or 18 miles.

The walk from Benavente to Barcial was interesting as it parallels an abandoned railway. The interesting part was when I had to get up on the overgrown rail bed to cross the Rio Esla and its floodplain.

At least they used walnuts on the wheel hub. All this took place just outside the albergue.

Walking just as it was just getting light

My lunch stop in Benavente. You can see the steep climb to get the albergue key

The overgrown and abandoned railroad 

The first bridge of four 

The longest bridge 

The Rio Esla 

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