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!
5 thoughts on “Day 15: Granon to Villafranca Montes do Oca (28.7 km)”
I have to ask…did you try out each bed until you found just the right one? 😊
I stayed here last year and, as a boring creature of habit, I went straight to the one I had last year.
I’m not sure how keen you are to reach Burgos, but I want to suggest you stay in Atapuerca at the Albergue Peregrino. There is a bus in the late afternoon which takes you on a visit to the archaeological sites – a really worthwhile tour. The Albergue is also fairly new with all mod cons and private rooms on one side.
I’m in Atapuerca now, installed comfortably. I was thinking of that albergue but saw few signs of life when I passed. I will think about that tour for next time.
The lady closes for a longish siesta and comes back at 3.30 as I remember. I looked at your place, but thought it was a bit damp and cold in the albergue part, and the private rooms were full.
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