Sunday, June 26
El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de Las Mullas
When I passed this sign for a flying school out in the middle of nowhere, I couldn’t help but think about terrorism, the scourge of our time. It was an eerie foreshadowing of the next day’s news about the Istanbul airport bombing. Before I delayed my trip by a month, I had been scheduled to transit that airport around this date on my return trip home.
Having learned about the paucity of buses in general on the Meseta and the specific lack of buses on weekends, I did not even investigate the bus situation. We set out walking on what turned out to be another cool day with a good road surface. James lagged behind me, and when I stopped for lunch at Reliegos, it took him quite a while to catch up. I hadn’t realized how far behind he was. When he arrived, he said that his foot was hurting.
We met up with Veronica from Romania again, and had lunch with her and Randy from Miami. Veronica, it turns out, is walking the Camino to raise funds for a charity. She explained that volunteerism and giving to charities is not well developed in Romania due to its communist background, so that is a field she is working to develop. And Randy is a Foreign Service brat, so he and James had that in common. An interesting lunch, then six more kilometers to our designated stopping place for the night.
Steps Today: 31,031
A few photos of this stretch of the Camino are posted on the page for June 26.
June 26, 2016: El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de Las Mullas