Rides bikes, paddles sea kayaks, takes pictures. Life on the road & my home in Cornwall.
A spot of Camino Francés
Burgos, León, and a few days trundling west on the Camino Francés.
Apparently León is the city in Spain with the highest ratio of bars to people, I don’t know if true or not but to walk around town on a Friday evening it would very much seem to be. It’s been a good place to stop and work for a few days, and enjoy some excellent company for exploring those bars. The social life feels very Spanish… people are drinking but not drunk, all generations are out enjoying each other’s company, and the atmosphere is lovely.
there is always a bar or cafe every 10 or 20km or so; it feels like a very civilised way to travel
My friend, Rubén, rode with me for a couple of hours on my way out of Vitoria, after a leisurely second breakfast at his friend’s excellent cycling cafe. It was a super way to leave the city and a prelude to a baking hot day on empty trails heading south to meet the Camino Francés, one of the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela…. and the most popular; the sheer numbers of people walking the trail this post-Covid season has been mind-boggling. Happily most are really friendly, and it’s been a terrific opportunity to meet some interesting folk, although as I turn my wheels south to Salamanca in a day or so, I won’t miss the crowded albergues with their night-time soundtrack of snoring, farty people (it’s been too busy, and with an absence of convenient cover, to think about stealthy camping).
As I write, after a few oven-like days on the trail, the weather is cold and rainy. Work is much busier than I’ve been able to arrange on previous journeys so mentally I’ve scaled back my plans in favour of staying on top of that as best I can, but I can’t complain and it feels a fair price to pay just to be on the road for a bit with all the opportunities for exploring and socialising that go with that… not to mention enjoying some street photography in interesting places again after the hiatus of the ‘plague years’.