Day 12- Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado (14.5 Miles)
Yesterday, after John left, I did some sightseeing in Santo Domingo. I visited the beautiful cathedral and got the full color on the local legend. To keep it brief, the story involved a hanged man and a cooked chicken that came back to life. (http://www.english.catedralsantodomingo.es/santo_domingo.html) The town takes the legend seriously, in fact, they received a papal dispensation to keep chickens in the sanctuary, and have been doing so for centuries. That’s a live rooster behind the grillwork.
I felt obligated to eat a miracle chicken from the local sweet shop. I’ll take my miracles any way I can get them, preferably with sugar on top.
This morning, I got off to an early start in the sunshine. First, I went looking for my pal, Wendy, in a local coffee shop. Found her, only to learn that she had decided to return home to Canada. She said that she was homesick. She walked me to the start of the trail and we hugged goodbye.
I set off. Solo Camino Walker Extraordinaire. Not for long. I soon met Sandra from England and walked with her for the rest of the day. We had a nicely matched pace and a good conversation. As we strolled into Belorado, thunder rocked the sky. Perfect timing. This will be my stopping place for the night.
It is interesting that it is possible to take a walk of this distance without consulting a map. The path is marked, in many different ways, but if you observe carefully, you will never be lost. It may be an official sign on a post, an arrow painted on a guardrail, or a bronze shell embedded in the sidewalk. A lot of people have worked hard to help me find my way. Today I left the Rioja region and entered Castilla y Leon.
I was rewarded by a double stork sighting.
I was happy to hear that my “casa rural” for the night had laundry facilities. The owner loaded all of my clothes into the washer and turned it on. When I asked where the drier was, she opened a window and pointed to the clothesline. Not a terribly comforting idea on a rainy day. Let the wind blow…please. http://trishdeford.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/img_0900.mov