Day 12 started out as a cold one – the coldest yet, with my long sleeved wool top getting its first real outing. We walked the first couple of hours through a beautiful park – the highlight of which was a large group of Saturday morning runners (around 50 guys, all dressed in brightly coloured tops) who were stretching out and chatting before their run. They formed a sort of guard of honour as we six walked through, clapping and cheering and shouting ‘Buen Camino!’ – a very cool experience of being celebrity pilgrims!
A pretty flat walk to Burgos, a fantastic city with a stunning cathedral. By the time we got there, the weather had warmed up and we stopped for churros with chocolate…instead of the small containers that I’ve had with churros before, this was a tea cup full of melted chocolatey goodness. Perfect for breakfast on the Camino!
As we spent a bit of time in Burgos, we were walking later in the day than usual, which meant that the sun was out in full force for the last couple of hours of our walk. It makes a real difference, especially as we walk through these flat areas with no shade. I bought a bandana a few towns ago & today tied it around my neck like Henny Penny to protect the back of my neck. Steph and I may yet start a Camino fashion label when we get home – based on two or three outfit variations, with bandanas, hats and shoes to accommodate blisters & sore feet. Ooh la la!
Now we are in Rabe de las Calzados, with three new Kiwi room mates (three older ladies travelling the world for six months or so) and chatting to a Basque teacher from Pamplona. Looking forward to our pilgrim dinner – the standard seems to be soup, salad, tortilla and a choc covered ice cream for dessert. Just the thing for growing pilgrims!