Shortly after leaving Boadilla the camino turns into a path following the canal. In the early morning it was shrouded in fog with ghost trees barely visible on the oppsite side.
We crunched along until Fromista, where we had second breakfast to sustain us on the hot, dusty and straight senda path towards Carrión. There are tiny places dotted along the route but it was impossible to know which were open and not.
I deployed Polly the Parasolly for some portable shade in the increasing heat. The mini heat wave they were talking about had definitely arrived. Temperatures of up to 30C were expected in the early afternoon.
We had a quick stop in Villamentero, at the Amenecer albergue and farmyard zoo. I am glad they didn’t serve food, because first the chicks and then the geese wanted whatever edibles we had and they were quite persistent!
In Carrión I got the best seat in town in the shade overlooking the Plaza Mayor, where pilgrims came and went. I just stayed there having a drink and a meal with familiar and new faces, and although it was a Saturday and tempting to stay up, the 17 kms with no services were waiting in the morning…