June 14, 2016: Santo Domingo to Belorado

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As I walked along this part of the route, among agricultural fields, the colors of the crops made it look like a patchwork blanket spread over the land.

 

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The different colors of different crops and different stages of ripening wheat are beautiful to contemplate as one walks along. I was fascinated by all the different shades of green.
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The sky turned grey and threatening, which darkened most of the field, but when the sun shone through the clouds the fields would glow.
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After crossing so many ancient bridges, it was a jolt to see a modern one.
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Things left behind. One always wonders what happened. One shoe left behind. Why only one? Did this single shoe fall off a backpack and not be noticed?
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Poppies, poppies, and other wildflowers are allowed to bloom along the paths. The wildflowers along the road are so beautiful. .
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For the first time, we see workmen improving the surface of the Camino. This is the one spot along the whole Camino where I saw a crew working to improve the Way. Santo Domingo would be pleased!
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It’s like the Oregon Trail. Things abandoned all along it. This time a pair of shoes. Did they wear out? Pinch too much? Is the Pilgrim giving up? I think the owners should leave a note for those who follow, explaining what happened. Inquiring minds want to know.  At least discarding a pair of shoes makes more sense–perhaps some other passing pilgrim can put them to use.
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Finally, we cross out of La Rioja and into Castile. Signs like this were very welcome. The Camino could use more
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Like Najera, Belorado abuts cliffs. Caves in the cliffs were used by hermits.
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Belorado has beautifully decorated its streets with murals about the history of the town and the Camino.
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The scallop shell is everywhere.
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St. James the Pilgrim, I suppose.
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Lovely murals.
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Site of a fun dinner with other pilgrims.
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Looks like a postcard, doesn’t it?