Fromista to Carrion de Los Condes - 19.2 km

May 23
Lat: 42.339444 Lon: -4.603611

I was awakened at 5 am this morning by the Canadian girls in the next room. You must remember that all the walls are extremely thin in the hotels here in Spain. I heard them leave before 6 a.m. so I decided to get up and start packing up to leave. At 7 a.m. I told Hawk that I was going to push up the trail and would meet up later. Today's walk was great… the terrain was completely level. The trail is well marked and you can see for what seems like forever. You have wheat fields on both sides of you. This trail gives you option trails that you can take (all are acceptable and part of the Camino so it doesn't matter which trail you take) and this morning I wasn't watching closely enough and I missed the turn off option to follow the river path from Poblacion de Campos to Villalcazar de Sirga so I ended up walking a side of the road route. It was nice and scenic, but the river would have been a better option. After 9.5 km, the two come back together and the last 5.6 km lead into Carrion de Los Condes.

I got into Carrion de Los Condes at 11:30 a.m. so after I got checked into the Hosteles and cleaned up I had a full afternoon for sightseeing. One very important thing to remember is to keep an eye on the crowds of "Peregrinos" walking the trail. You will need to make a reservation for the following night’s lodging in order to have a place to stay. Everybody's saying with the abnormal weather we've been having and the increased number of people hiking, the housing options have filled up several days ahead. I was lucky enough to get three bunks in the albergue 18 km ahead and Hawk is already working on the next night. There's nothing like walking 25 km and being told that there's nothing available and that for the next 20 km that everything is already booked. And by the way, this isn't a “Holy” year with increased crowds.

This is a small town but there are shops and restaurants everywhere. I was walking up one street and saw two ATM machines and then looked to my right across the plaza only to see five banks as well. I have enjoyed this town I think the best of any of the towns that I've come into. It's small enough to see it all and yet big enough to have everything that you could possibly want.

This has been a good day to just lazy away. Blue skies with cool temps in the morning and a warm afternoon were ideal. I met up with Hawk and Christine at 6:30 for dinner. We have reservations for the next three nights lodging so it’s off to bed for another sunny day of walking the Camino tomorrow.

More to follow...Buen Camino.

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