The ruins of the ancient convento de San Anton, 16th century
In the recessed alcoves of these walls, bread was left for pilgrims of old. John Brierley, the author of A Pilgrim’s Guide to Camino de Santiago , describes the meseta as a lonely, flat stretch of the Camino, miles of agricultural land and few villages, but Judi and I found it “sublime.” The wind blew strongly as we made our way from Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz, then to Fromista, and ultimately on to Carrion de los Condes. One of fellow peregrinos said that the gusts were as strong as 40 to 50 miles per hour. Usually the wind was at our back and kept us cool and invigorated. We felt like these were easy days.
The meseta, flat and expansive
The hilltop castillo of Castrojeriz, established in the 9th century
From atop the ruins of the castillo
Tomorrow we will travel to Terradillos de los Templarios, another chance to appreciate the sublime peace and quiet of the meseta.
P.S. Quick update: We have walked about 239 miles and will reach the halfway point of the Camino, Sahagun, in just a couple of days. As our fellow peregrina from Australia would say, “Good on you!”