The “Sublime” Meseta

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

Canal Pisuerga

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!”

 

 

4 thoughts on “The “Sublime” Meseta”

  1. Such beautiful and peaceful pictures. It is hard to believe that you are half way through your pilgrimage. Is this on your timeline? You seem to be moving right along and the weather looks wonderful. Take care

  2. You are making great time! Thoroughly enjoying your prose and photos! Love that “Good on you”! I say “Great on you!”

  3. I love these pictures of the countryside. The little poplar forest plantation captured my forester eye. We are enjoying your stories, descriptions, and pictures. Buen Camino, dear pilgrims! May you continue to find peace and inspiration along The Way.

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