Quiet streets as we depart from Burgos

Quiet streets as we depart from Burgos

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Plenty of open space, can you tell?

Plenty of open space, can you tell?

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Our hidden town in an abrupt valley

Our hidden town of Hontanas, a welcome sight in an abrupt valley

Today we covered a solid twenty miles over the meseta region. It is sea of light brown land, and within a few hours of starting there is not a town in sight. We did come across a mountain of hay bales, and an array of wind turbines, but aside from these points of interest we simply took in the vastness of the open space.

This open space was fine by us, until we started nearing 20 miles and getting to that daily turning point of “where is the nearest bed.” Our map had shown a town in the area but all we saw was brown. Did we look at the wrong page on the guidebook? We continued on and eventually started walking by signs for this supposed town, still not a building in sight. The pace slowed as we fought the exhaustion setting in, dared to extract hopefulness from each sign, and refrained from voicing the obvious question of if this town was actually in existence. We knew going back was not an option at this point, so onward we trudged, visions of showers, clean clothes, and ice cream dancing through our heads.

Finally, our invisible town appeared. Nestled in an abrupt valley, a little grouping of rooftops appeared magically below us. It was impossible to anticipate, as the surrounding flatlands melded together seamlessly from a distance, but there it was, our saving grace town of Hontanas.

We literally stopped at the first beds we found, just about 10 yards into the town, not minding the fact that our bunk beds were nestled tightly between those of the 6 other men we were sharing the room with.

On the diabetes end, we are excited to report that Jeanie’s levels were awesome all day! She snacked continuously throughout the morning to keep them holding. Some cheese and crackers, an apple, and a banana kept her in an ideal range. We took a break for lunch, a fresh ham and cheese sandwich, of course with crunchy chips. Our guidebook ended the day at the spot we had our lunch break, but because we had still had fuel in the tank, we had pushed on to Hontanas. Tomorrow we will continue on through the flatlands, taking in the different kind of beauty.
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