Camino de Santiago Day 16
Itero de la Vega to Villarmento de Campos 15.5 Miles
This article is the fourteenth in our series of walking 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago with my husband Scott. Some articles will be only about one day of walking, and some may include a few days of walking, for the lengths will vary. To begin with the first article click here.
Our morning routine began with some yoga and stretching. Next, I taped up my feet and cushioned my blisters. Scott’s feet were in excellent condition, not one single blister!
We discussed our mileage goal for the day and the town we were heading toward. Plus, we made sure we had plenty of snacks, and were on our way!
Scott and I walked alone, not another soul to be seen, for much of the morning. It was a pretty setting along a waterway, along a dirt road. We love dirt compared to cement and pavement! It is so much easier on the feet.
We saw some sheep grazing in a field, and a few horses as well. It was so peaceful.
At one point, we crossed an overpass to get to the other side of the highway. On top of the overpass was a huge steel sculpture of a pilgrim. We really enjoyed seeing the pilgrim monuments along the Camino route, as they were always unique and special in their own way.
To Teepee or Not to Teepee?
As we approached the small town of Villarmentero de Campos, we were so tired. Up ahead, we saw a couple of teepees in the distance. I was so excited! I’ve always wanted to sleep in a teepee. As we came into town, we saw the teepees were in the yard of a large farm house. There were other outbuildings, as well as hammocks, for rent.
Walking onto the property, we were greeted by geese, chickens and dogs. We found the host and he said a teepee was available for the night.
As I looked inside the teepee, he let us know we might need to share the space with a few more pilgrims if they came along. I’m pretty social, but not enough to share a teepee with strangers.
After thinking about how valuable a good night’s sleep is, we decided to look for another option somewhere else. Maybe we will sleep in a teepee another time.
Villarmentero de Campos
The town was very small (only 16 inhabitants) and only had one other option to spend the night. We walked down the road to a Hotel Rural! The La Casoña de Doña Petra had a room available and it was spacious and clean, with a nice view of the backyard.
The Hotel Rural can only have this designation if it is over 100 years old. This hotel was built among the remains of an ancient pilgrim’s hospital. There was also a silo right there, which we could see through a plexiglass window in the lobby floor. It was kind of creepy looking down into a hole, which just kept going into the darkness.
Scott and I cleaned up and washed our laundry, hanging it on the back patio to dry. We asked our hosts if there was any food available and they brought us a cheese plate to the patio, as well as a beer and glass of wine. We relaxed the rest of the afternoon with our feet up.
There was an option at the hotel to sign up for the pilgrim meal, so we did. We were excited to chat with other pilgrims since we hadn’t seen anyone all day.
We went in to dinner and sat down, and it turned out we were the only two people! Apparently, we were the only guests at the small hotel.
Our hosts served us a delicious dinner of chicken, french fries and salad, which we enjoyed so much. It was a romantic setting, and our pilgrim meal included a bottle of wine each! The end to Day 16 on the Camino was another memorable one.
Day 16 15.5 miles