Day – 27 Fromista – October 12th
Meseta is quite a change and is challenging in its own right though much easier walking. You are presented with bleak landscape contributing to some boredom, plus heat, etc.
I walked on and off most of the day with a lovely Korea woman, a professor of international affairs, on sabbatical. Her English was limited and my Korean nonexistent so it was a quiet day.
This section really highlights the remarkable irrigation system of canals and viaducts. I am told that is much more sophisticated than it appears. The Spanish developed irrigation systems before the romans.
As soon as I checked into the albergue I became stomach sick. It was a long rough night. The hosptilera was very kind and provided a blanket.
Day – 28. Poblacion
In the morning I felt better but not too great and decided to head out. I had walked only 3k to the first albergue. It had a chair by the entrance so I decided to rest a minute. I realized I was exhausted. The place looked very inviting so I went to check in for the night at 9:30am.
This was by far the nicest and best designed I’ve encountered. Looks very new with only 12 beds in six bunks of sorts. The top bunk is a walk up and each space is private with a nightlight and electric outlet. (Some places you will find a half dozen phones plugged into one.
The sign advertised Reilke so I requested a session. It turns out that the local “healer” came for the session. Who would have known that 24 hours after being told I looked like a Shaman I would be seeing one! Interesting experience….
Basically I slept the better part of 24 hrs. I joined the evening meal for a test of food and to be socal but left soon to continue resting.