Big day today! I started with my 2 remaining companions from Day 1. The weather was at times: blustery, rainy, cloudy and just windy. All the gear got a workout, going on and off: rain jacket, rain pants, hat, pack cover and even umbrella. It wasn’t especially interesting scenery, at least when I managed to look up.
We spread apart and when I arrived in Belorado, where my friends were planning to stay, I had the urge to push on to Villafranca Montes de Oca. That would position me better, schedule-wise, to enter Burgos. So I summoned the energy and walked another 12 km at excellent speed for the end of day (over 4 km/h). Until the last 2-3 km. I could see the town of my destination. I could also see mud between here and there. Clay mud churned up by daily traffic of tractors and a hundred pilgrims!
That slowed me down but the sight of town was encouraging. I dawdled and tried to clean my boots in puddles, gravel, and grassy patches at the bottom. I like to think I was not as sorry a sight as these sunflowers when I arrived.
My accommodation was a pilgrim albergue attached to a nice hotel. Because I paid big bucks (€10 instead of €5) I got a bed in a room without bunks. I had the whole room of 16 beds to myself!