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 making for a long rough night. The hosptilera was very kind and provided a blanket. 

Day – 28. Poblacion

In the morning I felt better, not too great but decided to head out anyway. I had walked only 3k to the first albergue which happened to have a chair by the entrance, so I decided to rest a minute.  I soon 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 albergue I’ve encountered. It appears to be very new with only 12 beds in six bunks of sorts. The top bunk is a walk up and each space has privacy curtain, 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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