Day 21 Saint Nicolas to Villalcazar de Sirga

Our first 31.6 km day!

After a great nights sleep in Saint Nicolas church, and a candle-lit breakfast we set off as the sun was rising at 8:00am. We set off in cool overcast conditions, again nice for walking.After not managing to find a bakery (panderia) in Itero de la Vega, we continued on. We crossed a canal (canal pisuerga) on the way up to another (not very high) hill, although we are still walking at around 850 metre level.

We dropped off the hill down into Boadilla del Camino, which had nothing open, and seemed deserted. The track joined Canel de Castilla, and we followed along it for 3km which made for a change of scenery.

Eventually we reached Fromista, a fairly touristy town (bus loads of tourists seemed to be working their way though). After much walking past many restaurants I eventually found a bakery, and bought 2 baguettes. After lunch we both soaked our feet in the fountain, our new cure for our feet problems.

We had done nealy 18km, but we knew we had to do at least another 13km. There is a long stretch of 17.5km with no towns or Albergues tomorrow, so it was either walk 30+km today or walk 30+km tomorrow. So it was off up the road along a somewhat boring trail that followed the road. The cloud cover thinned, and it started to get hot. We stopped at one roadside stop where we soaked our feet in the fuente (water fountain) to keep our feet going. We passed a young italian man, with a polish girl, who was having tendonitis problems as well (we had talked to him about it yesterday).  There are a lot of people on the Camino suffering it.

We eventually made Villacazar de Sirga at 5:15pm. We booked a hostel room, which had a big bath, that we both soaked our feet in cold water.

Puente Itero Bridge

Judy soaking her feet in the fountain at Fromista

Walking along the Canal Del Castilla

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6 Responses to Day 21 Saint Nicolas to Villalcazar de Sirga

  1. Sue says:

    Dear Jude and Greg… 31.6km in one day? You – and your feet – are all amazing! Loving the updates and look forward to hearing more along the way. Please keep the photos coming, too – just stunning! Thank you for sharing this incredible journey.

  2. fay says:

    Just, Wow! 31.6km.

  3. ron spurgin says:

    Howde Pilgrims This hereditary disablity of hunting for Cake Shops there is no known cure, but just to eat more cakes 31KS thats good keep pics coming

  4. barbara says:

    So many familiar places makes me wish I was there. Beun camino.

  5. Liz says:

    Oh Judy, as a midwife I’d say you were at 7 cms and no you don’t need that epidural!! You’ll make it and it will be a fantastic experience to look back on!

    • Judy says:

      Yep, you’re right Liz – and today we’re hitting the halfway mark, distance-wise. But a lot of the hard work has already been done, so we’ll make it.