October 3: I think this will be another short post as I’m very tired and a bit under the weather. Last night both Astaria and I started to show signs of coming down with a cold. I had an ok night but had a dry cough at times which is still with me. Astaria has taken a bus ahead by a day and a half so we don’t know for sure when or if we will see her again.
Today was a long, very flat and very straight path through the heart of the meseta. Like the prairie, it has a beauty of its own but not a lot of variety. My ankle had very little pain today though it is still swollen. My feet are now quite tough. I’m disappointed that just as my feet and legs are in good shape, I’ve now picked up a cold.
As the name suggests, this tiny town was once a very important centre for the Knights Templar who were formed specifically for the task of protecting pilgrims through all the wars and conflicts that were always going on. It’s now on my list to learn more about the Nights Templar. Most of what I know is gleaned from Dan Brown novels and I don’t think it is a very balanced picture.
The albergue I’m staying in is a new, private and modern one. The people are very nice and the food in their restaurant is also excellent. I was fortunate to get a private room (so I won’t keep others awake with coughing) for only €20. I even have sheets and blankets and a private bathroom.
Thank you for all your comments. I don’t seem to find time to respond to them all but I appreciate them and feel good that so many are following my journey. I forgot to mention that this town marks the midpoint of the Camino. I’m half way there!