Saturday, March 25, 2017

D24: Toledo

The town is located on a peninsula, on elevated ground. Many of these original cities were built as fortresses. The Romans founded Toledo. There is a whole network of tunnles connected underground for Roman baths. The Moors made use of the same during their occupation.

D24: Toledo

While popular with the tourists, also fulfills its function running Spain. It use to be the capital of Spain. Now it shares that responsibility with Madrid.

D24: Toledo getting closer

D24: My first view of Toledo

Of all the caminos I have done, this is by far the grandest approach of a Spanish city.

D24: Snow in the mountains

Locals describe this as very unseasonable weather

D24: A lot of weather!

It snowed on me leaving Mora. Then I was hit with hail for about an hour before hitting Nambruca. Then I was soaked with rain before making it to Toledo. I was tired, cold and wet after walking the 40k. Hopefully my energy snaps back soon as I feel a cold coming on.

D24: Kiki Bar

A stopping place for many pilgrims in an area with not many stopping places.

D24: Castle near Almonacid

Day 24: Mora to Toledo

Toledo is underneath Madrid in this map

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

D21: Wind mills

D21: Wind mill entering Temblinque

Day 22: Another hut along the way

Need to get out of the weather?

Something I am struck by on this camino the extent to which the elements and weather wear on me. There really is not any cover on the camino. Even in Don Quixote, the book speaks to how the weather is known to wear down the famed Docinea's looks from working outdoors. I have gotten cracked chapped lips and pealing skin on my legs, all from the wind and sun.

D21: Villacaña embraces a Spanish love

The fast moyorcycle, a cultural fascination

D21: How the water containers made

steal and concrete

Day 21: For Sale!

Bargain (chollo) opportunity, cheap (barato)

Monday, March 20, 2017

D20: I come across this pet ferret (kills rabbits)

The guy was using this thing to go down into burroughed tunnels to attack whatever critter was infesting the vineyard.

Day 20: Entering La Toboso

This is the famous town where Lady Docenea hailed, in Don Quixote. In the book when Sancho discovered who was this Docenea, he famously quipped that she was knowned to have climbed this church tower and yelling from 2 miles away, stopped some goat herders in their tracks from crossing her family's field.

D19: Meeting Joseph from Italy

Joseph, is 61 years old and in AMAZING shape. Whereas I average 20k a day, Joseph averages 45k. He is definitely in top shape. Plus he is probably 6'4" with long legs. I started in Valencia March 1 and he started March 9th, 365 km into the road to Santiago.

We had a fun time sharing a beer and dinner! Turns out he was both a fighter pilot for Italian Air Force and commercial pilot as well.

D19: Everyone in town in the band

D19: Multiple holidays in town

It was Saint Joseph Day, Father's Day, and some other holiday. Complete with a marching band.

D19: Entering La Mota

More wind turbines, used to grind grain, are on display. Don Quixote attacked these wind turbines and, of course, loss.

D19: More Camino Art in Santa Maria

D19: Don Quixote and Sancho as Peregrinos

Day 19: in Santa Maria

Some nice camino art in town

D18: Garlic soup

D18: Las Pedroñas;, Garlic Capital of Spain

D18: backside of castle/trailer trash

D18: Castle/trailer trash hybrid

What obviously at one point was a great castle, was taken over by some folks with less means. Attempts were made to renovate this castle with cinder blocks, red bricks, cement and a variety of odds and ends. A part of it served as an animal barn of sorts.

Day 18: San Clemente to Las Pedroñeras

These large cannisters are used to store water in this part of Spain. I am not sure how they make them

Day 17: Day Off

The 34k the day before gave me a blister and wore me out.

D16: Where Camino Surestre and Levante Diverge

In Minayo

D16: Wind mill Don Quioxete attacked

D16: Archeological site #2