Boadilla del Camino to Carrión de los Condes
Krikor left Boadilla del Camino in the early hours of the morning towards Carrion de los Condes. He explored the villages of Fromista, Poblacion de Campos, and Revenga de Campos. Despite a rather boring walk beside the motorway, Krikor nevertheless found a great stretch of road beside the Canal de Castilla. Later in the evening, Krikor found a free guitar concert.
Carrión de los Condes to Terradillos de los Templarios
The journey from Carrion De Los Condes to Terradillos De Los Templarios was extremely difficult. There was only one snack stand for 17km!
Terradillos de los Templarios to Calzadilla de los Hermanillos
On this day the route split into two: an easier route, and a longer, more challenging route. Krikor chose to follow the more challenging route so that the next day, he would be walking beside the best preserved Roman road in Spain: the price to pay for seeing such ruins.
It was a tough 17km stretch, without the slightest sign of civilisation. The walk was non-stop. Therefore, very few people take this route. There were only three in the “albergue” (Spanish for hostel) that evening. Last year, Krikor walked alone with no other humans in sight for almost three and a half hours!
Calzadilla de los Hermanillos to Mansilla de las Mulas
From the early morning until the break of dawn, Krikor walked under the moonlight, looking up to see the very visible stars and even a shooting star. It was a quite experience.
This day’s journey was 23.6km in total, of which 17.6km was a non-stop hike. It was a solo walk of 4 hours 27 minutes straight; a personal record! The route had no other hikers except for three or four cyclists who were travelling the Camino de Santiago by bike. Krikor took his first break in Reliegos.
From Reliegos to Mansilla de las Mulas the journey took around an hour or so. The last leg of the journey was rather boring and unpleasant; a walk by the main road. Krikor celebrated a fellow hiker’s birthday in the evening after exploring the town of Mansilla de las Mulas.
Mansilla de las Mulas to León
Krikor’s journey on Friday was the most unpleasant walk that he had ever had during both of his walks on the Camino de Santiago. He had left Mansilla de las Mulas early in the morning and walked continuously alongside a busy road. Dust, petrol pollution and bitterly cold weather (around 6 degrees) added to the difficulty of the journey.
On Saturday, Krikor enjoyed a well deserved break and explored the city. He discovered Leon’s markets, religious artifacts, restaurants, backstreets, and cultural scenes. In the evening, he spotted a venue where many people were dancing along to Galician music.
León to Villar de Mazarife
Leaving Leon early in the morning on Sunday was bitterly cold: 2 degrees! It was quite an easy walk.