Day 22. To Fromista, thru Carrion & Terradillos to Moratinos

We've covered 185 miles with 235 more to go. 

As we travel west the farming of wheat, barley and oats has intensified. Lots of irrigation equipment and canals, both in and above the ground.  The vineyards pretty much stopped when we left the Rioja region.

 

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We've learned from the old men in the bars when we stopped in for our mid morning fresh orange juice and tortilla espanol.   

We started ordering a muscatel daily. They usually come with a tapa; on this case a super delicious white bean soup.

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The Camino has one, two or three picnic areas per stage of the trek (33 in total). We always stopped for a break. Our snacks usually included hard cheese, membrillo, Apple or pear, chorizo and 85% chocolate. Our longest walks between villages were around 7 miles. So we never carried more than a half liter of water. The days have become mostly sunny but with very cold breezes. We're walking at 2,000-3,000 feet these days.  

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Lots of rivers; mostly small, flow through our route. They're all blown out from the extra rainy season. No fishing for me!" 

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Pilgrim hospitals from the 11th century dot the countryside. Hermitages are never far away, too. 

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This little cave bodega so reminded me of our cave in Granada.  So old, so rustic, so soulful and used. 

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We detoured off the main trail onto an optional trail. After a nice uphill rise we walked on a Mesa along side a dwarfish oak forest. Thinking of wild mushrooms we dipped under branches to search. We found torn up dirt left over from wild boar tearing up the ground in search of mushrooms or acorns. Other wild life finds included rabbit scat and paw prints of a wild mid-size cat.

 

 

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Here's are midday fortification best choice, Pacharan (also the name of the berry).

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Our Albergue for the night, the only Italian Albergue on the Camino.  Nice outside space with a fountain. 

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The apple trees are blooming here too! 

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I love sauntering through Spring, noticing the changes by the hour and the day, up close and personal.

This experience , the daily walking, gives me a deep appreciation for the true tempo of the natural life around me.