A cold, uphill slog: Camino de Santiago

The ninth day of our Camino tested the limits.

On our ninth day we awoke to light rain, temperatures just above freezing and mountains to climb. It would turn out to be quite a test.

Our 15-mile trek from Belorado to St. Juan de Ortega on Friday had two halves. Although the weather was poor, we were in beautiful countryside and found welcoming bars for coffee in the morning and lunch just before noon.

It was all downhill (actually uphill) from there. Nearly two thousand feet of elevation gain to about 4,000 feet with occasional showers, biting cold wind and a seemingly endless trail brought us to St. Juan de Ortega. The guidebook said the albergue was basic and drafty, so we opted for the 10-room hotel across the street in the village of 30 inhabitants. It felt isolated to say the least.

Over drinks and dinner in a small bar filled with character and characters, we heard stories about the albergue's cold showers and frigid conditions.

We had made the right choice.


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One thought on “A cold, uphill slog: Camino de Santiago

  1. Cynthia

    Yikes! I suppose you are “earning” every mile. Glad the toe is better.


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