Pilgrims on Wheels. Calzadilla de los Hermanillos 24 km. 

Albergue Via Trajana


We opted not to take the train out of Sahagun and continued walking. As John says, “that’s what we know how to do.” For the past two days, we have continued to discuss our priorities coupled with the time we have left. When we started this little sojourn, we thought we had all the time in the world and I was determined to take every step of the 790 km. As it turns out, time is not on our side. 

GPS navigation.


The wide open spaces of the meseta have been amazing, beautiful in the morning, a bit hellish in the afternoon, golden in the evenings. But now we have walked the meseta, a Camino portion many pilgrims “skip” over, and are on the fringes of Leon, a large city with miles of suburbs and sidewalks and traffic.

Roadside foot care.


In order to give ourselves the time to enjoy the remainder of the walk, visit my brother in Ponferrada, and maybe even squeeze in a continuation to Finisterre and the ocean, we are catching a bus tomorrow to go through Leon and continue to Astorga. Curiously, 60 minutes on the bus will save us about 3 1/2 days walking. 

A second meeting with Jesus from Cuba.

From Astorga, we continue the Camino. Taking the bus is a bit of a defeat, but following the long held advice, “always make decisions in light of new information”, we swallow our pride and become bus pilgrims for a morning. I hope the guru is not reading this. -k

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5 Responses to Pilgrims on Wheels. Calzadilla de los Hermanillos 24 km. 

  1. Joe says:

    Sounds really smart to me. It wasn’t a huge city when the original pilgrims did it. Skip what doesn’t sound like fun for the more fun parts. We are having fun, went to a wonderful Cirque today, and then a fantastic meal. Best, Joe and Sandie

  2. The guru would approve. Your life is to be enjoyed at this point. Focus on what is important. Avoiding the not so nice. Oops, just seeing that Joe has responded. We do kind of think a like!!
    Another great day in Paris. Loving life. Sandie

  3. winewoodln says:

    Sounds like you’ve made a sound decision. You don’t want to risk running out of time at the end. You’ll enjoy the change of scenery starting after Astorga. More hilly and back into the grape vineyards (you’ll like the delicious red wines of the Bierzo region).

    • Laysan says:

      I’m looking forward to the Bierzo wines! We’ve enjoyed the Emporda, the Rioja, and the Ribera del Duero and I love eating a grape or two off the vine!

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