[Canal de Castilla]
Total Distance: 28.2 km
Total Time: 8h
Total Euro: 24/person
Route: Itero de la Vega to Villalcazar de Sirga
We left Itero before 6 am, knowing that we had a long day ahead of us. The first part of our walk was actually quite cool and pleasant, even when the sun came up. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that we were walking along a canal, which provided us with a nice change of scenery and was probably responsible for the blissfully cool breeze. The afternoon was a bit brutal, though. The sun was overhead and the terrain was one large, unprotected plain, making it miserably hot while we were walking. We rested frequently, noting that it was actually quite comfortable in the shade if we weren’t moving. One nice thing about today was that we had the Camino almost all to ourselves. Most people had started their day either three hours ahead or three hours behind us, so we hardly saw anyone on the road. Originally we thought we might push it six more kilometers to the next main town, but decided that it was best to quit while we could still move in Villalcazar.
During our final push to Villalcazar, we were chased down in a car by an elderly man. He pulled his car in front of us, blocking our path somewhat. I felt E stiffen as the man got out of the car, but it turned out that the man simply wanted to give us a candy and a Camino stamp. We thanked him, expecting him to head on to the next town, but he flipped a u-turn and went back the way he came! We laughed that he must try to stamp all the pilgrims that come through his town and that we moved on before he got a chance to get us.
The Casa Aurea Albergue is located right at the end of town. It seemed a little nicer than the municipal albergue and there were locals in the adjacent restaurant-bar, which seemed like a good sign. No kitchen, though, and the grocery store keeps limited hours and probably a limited selection of food. The room in the albergue is cool, the showers have great water temperature and pressure and the linens seem clean and fresh, though.