El Burgos Ranero to Mansilla de las Mullas - 18.8 km

May 27
Lat: 42.499444 Lon:-5.418056

I woke up at 5:45 a.m. and was fully packed and eating breakfast by 6:30 a.m. I was out the door by 7 a.m. and on my way. It was a little overcast and cool… about 45 degrees and only rising to 59 in the afternoon. The trail today was along the “Senda” road (that is where the trail runs along the main road). It runs all the way to Mansilla de las Mulas, but goes through several little towns where you can stop and get something to eat or drink.

I walked for about two hours and came to the turnoff to Villamarco when it started to rain lightly. There was a pavilion so I put my pack cover on my pack and then hurried along. As it turned out I was pretty much able to outrun the rain and get to the town of Reliegos where I came across a nice little restaurant. I stopped in and got something to eat and a cup of coffee.

The one thing that I have always thought was curious was America’s obsession with finding Elvis… well I found him. I saw a newspaper headline on a park bench and it said, "Elvis was sited in Reliegos." Who would have guessed that he'd come to Spain?

After eating something, I packed back up and went to Mansilla de las Mulas. After I got there and located where I was going to stay, I went to the local restaurant and had some hot tea. A little while later I went and checked into the El Puente Hostel. It's nothing fancy but it’s clean. It was 30 euros. The one thing that gets me is that I paid 30 euros and it doesn't have WiFi. I thought that was strange as the albergue right next door (they share the same outside wall) has a great WiFi. I can go stand in front of the albergue and use it and the albergue is only 10 euros. However, I'm the only one in my room and I can spread out if need be.

Later Hawk and Christine came in as did Frank and Jane along with Don and Sally. Frank and Jane are staying at the albergue while Don and Sally are staying here at the Hostel. We all went out looking for a good restaurant to get a good meal. We found a place that serves "Peregrinos" meals. After dinner we all went back to our rooms and got ready for bed as we all have a long walk to Leon tomorrow. So it's with that note that I will sign off from here and bid you goodnight until tomorrow... Buen Camino!

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