Day 18, Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero, 17.7km

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May 18th, 2013

Katharina and I said a sad goodbye to Enda and continued along ‘the way.’ It was a freezing cold day again and the wind was against us, but at least it wasn’t raining like the forecast had predicted. All the locals and pilgrims are surprised with the weather we’re experiencing, apparently it’s very unseasonal and whilst we should be seeing temperatures in the mid to high 20s, we’re lucky to be getting highs of 15. But as we’re starting to walk before sunrise, it means we’re walking for a couple of hours with the temperature around 5 degrees!

Interesting tree colours

Interesting tree colours


We arrived at the albergue about half an hour before it opened so we left our bags in the queue outside and went across to the bar to warm up with a coffee. When we got back to the albergue, our bags were the only ones left outside and everyone else had already checked in.

Luckily we still got a bed! The albergue looked great from the outside, it was made from mud and straw, but the inside was falling down and I don’t know how it’s possible, but it was colder inside than out! I had my first cold shower… the early pilgrim gets the hot water…

We spent the afternoon in the bar where it was considerably warmer, then cooked pasta for dinner with all the ingredients we could find in the local shop. It was so cold in the dorm that I had to sleep with all of my clothes and beanie on!

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