What should have been an easy 14 miles (24 km) was made more difficult by mostly uphill walking, including a steep rise of 700 feet in a mile and a half. Just out of Atienza, I met a woman out walking. She moved from southern California to Atienza 40 years ago (85 years old), but has a son who teaches in Chico. We had a nice chat. This is the area of the famous El Cid and most of today's walk coincided with the Camino El Cid. I arrived in Retortillo de Soria about 1 pm where there is a nice hostal, but no other services in town. I did check in there and, while they do not have a midday meal, they will prepare a dinner at 8 pm and a breakfast at 8 am. The guidebook warned that due to the depopulation of the Soria region that finding services in the small towns would be difficult!