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Walking the Camino de Santiago: Sahagún to El Burgo Ranero

Starting the day walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.comThose of you who follow me on Instagram will know that this summer (2018) I walked 190km along the Camino de Santiago, from Burgos to Léon in Spain. This is the third leg of the Camino which I started in 2016 (if you’re interested, I wrote a Q&A post in response to some of the questions people had asked me along the way that year), I’m completing a leg each summer until 2020. This is Day 23 (other posts linked at the end of this post).

Camino Frances Day 23: Sahagún to El Burgo Ranero (approx 18 km)

Ah, a “shorter” day today! The guidebook doesn’t offer much about for today’s route which generally means there is nothing remarkable and that there’s probably not a lot of shade 🙂

Though it wasn’t a long day, I started out early from Sahagún – earlier than most people since I saw very few other walkers on this day…

Leaving Sahagun walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.com Early morning in Sahagun walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.comLeaving Sahagún it felt like a walk in the park, literally…

Walking through a park walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.comBut it was actually a pretty hot day which meant blue skies and made for a “harder” day than I expected (funny how all of a sudden 18km seems “short” and I’m expecting it to be “easy”).

Blue skies and lonely road walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.comThere were a fair few trees and a bit of shade which made the first 10km-ish pretty do-able…

Hot day walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.comJust outside my morning coffee stop village (as I had come to think of them – and I especially look forward to them on days when breakfast is light on – this morning I had just had two stale slices of toast – with great coffee – and a bottled juice – not great to set you up for 18km) of Bercianos del Real Camino, I came across this…

OUr Lady of the Pears walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.com(breathtaking, those poppies!)

Hermitage Our Lady of Pears walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.com(Our Lady of the Pears)

But soon it was break time! After a long, hot morning, there’s nothing like sitting in an airconditioned bar enjoying this:

Stopping in Bercianos des Real Camino walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.com(not the best coffee here but bonus cookie and cheap freshly squeezed orange juice!)

Though it’s tempting to stop for a while, I find that if I stop too long, it’s hard to get back at it, especially with 8km to go… With nothing in between the towns. And this…

Empty roads walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.comI did spot my first (and only) sunflower on this day though!

Lonely sunflower walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.comEl Camino is the best walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.comEn route walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.com(its always a pleasure walking alongside poppy fields!)

Heading into El Burgo Ranero (pop approx 800), there are signs of life…

Approaching El Burgo Ranero walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.combut actually it’s a tiny town…

Arriving in El Burgo Ranero walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.com Plaza in El Burgo Ranero walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.comFlowers in El Burgo Ranero walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.comI took advantage of a particularly well stocked grocery store to replenish my snack supplies…

Stocking up on snacks walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.com(this is called: fruit salad for lunch and make-your-own trail mix)

I also took advantage of a particularly quiet and cool hotel room to nap most of the day and drank a lot of water. Then went for a short wander and then this happened…

Aperitif in El Burgo Ranero walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.com(realised only today that I could ASK for the olives to go with my beer…)

And then the World Cup was on (Belgium vs Brazil) and I moved from the bar to the “restaurant” and had a prime seat…

World Cup watching walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.com(also the largest glass of wine EVER).

Forewent the “rations”…

Dinner Menu in El Burgo Ranero walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.com(Ear anyone? How about Tidy Olives?)

I went for the Pilgrim menu which featured some greens and fruit!

Melon and ham for dinner walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.com Pilgrim meal in El Burgo Ranero walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd also (you know it!)

Flan in El Burgo Ranero walking from Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago on eatlivetravelwrite.com(the thing about all these meals is, it’s way too much food just for me and I always feel bad but end up eating 1/2 of what they serve… Determined to get my Spanish back up to being able to ask for smaller serving sizes – happy to pay for the full amount, obviously, I just hate food waste – next year).

Two days to go on this year’s leg of the Camino – stay tuned!

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Disclosure: I researched Camino trips independently and chose the Camino Travel Center based on a number of features such as flexibility to accommodate a couple of “splits” in some of the longer days, price and customer service. They were, in fact the first company I came across in my very first Google search and the one I ended up booking with. From the initial inquiry to the actual trips, they have been a pleasure to deal with and we have been very impressed with the service provided (bag transportation) and the accommodation choices. I was not compensated to write about this trip in any way but I love sharing companies and products I believe in with my readers. I couldn’t recommend the Camino Travel Center more and, in fact, am booking another Camino walk with them for next summer (and every summer until I reach Santiago!).

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One Response to Walking the Camino de Santiago: Sahagún to El Burgo Ranero

  1. Geoff July 26, 2018 at 17:47 #

    Nice account of the day, Mardi.

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