The Familiar Preparations
We decided that the pandemic was in a slow period and we would grab the opportunity to get in a short Camino walk and some time in Spain before a potential uptick in Covid in the fall and winter. Much of the planning is familiar and most is fun. We decided on the section from Burgos to Sahagun, which is relatively flat and had many towns with accommodations. That allowed us to plan to walk about 10km/6.2miles a day. We will have plenty of time to enjoy the countryside views. to sketch or read or write each day, and to sample whatever the towns have to offer,in local cuisine and culture.
We ordered new boots and some new hiking clothes. We updated our guidebooks, buying electronic versions when they were available, and dusted off our trekking poles and backpacks. We bought our plane tickets and then bought tickets for the bus to Burgos and trains from Sahagún to Leon, Leon to Madrid, Madrid to Ronda, Ronda to Córdoba, Córdoba to Toledo, and Toledo to Madrid.
Next we looked at each village where we hoped to stay while walking and made a reservation. We opted for private rooms in small pensiones and inns. We booked online and can't wait to see if they are as quaint and authentic as the guidebooks indicate. But, whatever, it is the Camino and we will adapt and adjust as needed. For the time in southern Spain, we selected hotels based on friends' recommendations. Those were super easy to book online.
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Peg and Russ Hall