Three Weeks and Leon! (Days 19-21)

Day 19 (Oct 4): Sahagún to El Burgo Ranero 18 km, 425 km (total)

Unfortunately Leigh Ann is not feeling well this morning so she will be taking a taxi to El Burgo Ranero. This is another short day so we are still in recovery mode. Only 11 miles (about 4 hours of walking).

Cool wall art.

Leaving Sahagun to the west we passed an old city gate and someone’s second vehicle.

Second auto.

About halfway today we passed a chapel, Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Perales (Our Lady of the Pears). It had a very brightly painted altarpiece. And some very strange angels.

Our Lady of the Pears.

And, before we knew it, we were heading into our destination town.

Home for tonight.
Day 20 (Oct 5): El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mulas 19 km, 444 km

Unfortunately Leigh Ann is still not feeling well so it was just the three of us this again this morning. Another long, straight, flat walk along a road but… the trees had knitted trunks!

Well dressed trees

And we got some instruction on trail etiquette…


We were fortunate enough to hit a place for coffee today (at about 8 miles).

La Cantina de Eddy

And while we did not see any trail-side churches/monasteries today we did have several crosses and a pilgrim statue.

Day 21 (Oct 6): Mansilla de las Mulas to Leon, 19 km, 463 km

Leigh Ann is back! She is not feeling 100% yet but felt good enough to join us on this relatively short day.

Cool city walls leaving Mansilla

About three miles into the day we came upon an enterprising Spaniard with a shop along the trail…

After 10 miles or so we crested a hill and had a view of Leon. Our first city in a while

View of Leon as we hiked into town.

And, of course, there are two magnificent churches within a couple blocks of our hotel.

But the truly impressive church is the Cathedral of Leon..

Leon Cathedral (day)
Leon Cathedral (Night)

It’s hard in pictures to convey how impressive these medieval cathedrals are. These are truly massive buildings with amazing displays of religious art.

We have now finished the first 21 days of our 34 day adventure. This last week has been pretty easy (~12 mile days) but next week is going to be a bit tougher.

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