Meseta  – Part 1 

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. 

I stopped at the main canal junction to say hi to Marianne the donkey, who is pulling the car/cart, to give her an apple. 

I ended up chatting with a couple of very lovely and cheerful Irish girls who said that my hat made me look like a Shaman. 

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. 

4 thoughts on “Meseta  – Part 1 

  1. I do so hope you’re feeling better. During my time there, people were getting something we began referring to as the “Camino Cough”…ran right through the albergues. Seems there is always a challenge, especially on the Meseta. This too shall pass (one could say).
    The pictures are wonderful to see. What a different look it all has during the fall! I’m sure other springtime pilgrims would agree. I well remember that climb in the first shot – right after Castrojeriz. The view from the shelter on top of the mesa was breathtaking.

    Buen Camino! And don’t let that shaman thing go to your head.

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    1. I should have dated this post. It was last Thursday & Friday. Much better now. Leon tomorrow. Hope to take a day off to sightsee and catch up the blog. All is good beautiful people amazing conversations. Good alone time as well. 👣💕👣


  2. Bill, I am always looking forward reading about your stories , people you meet and beautiful pictures!! I think it is the feather on your hat that makes you a Shaman, but do believe you are not truly in another spiritual world , only a different experience with your feet still on the ground!!
    Glad you felt better, Mark told me you lost a lot of weight…. hope you take good care of yourself !!! You will love Santiago de Compostela, one of my favorite towns …
    Cannot wait to hear all your stories when back in the US.

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