Stage 16: Fuentes de Ebro – Venta de Santa Lucía (28.5 km)

We followed the railway tracks for part of the morning and saw a high speed train flash by. It made a lot of noise.

Spanish high speed train

Spanish high speed train

For about an hour we followed a railway line.

Following the railway line in the early morning

Following the railway line in the early morning

We met a French pilgrim who was walking the other way on the Camino to Santiago. He was 76 years of age and he told us that he had walked the Camino eight times. He looked very fit and said he wanted to walk the Camino one last time “before he died”.

Helen Lucas greeting the French pilgrim

Helen Lucas greeting the French pilgrim

Before the desert

Before the desert

Just after we stopped for a break Michael Bertie announced that we had just reached the 400 km mark.  Only 250 km to go to Manresa. Here members of the group raise four fingers to represent the achievement of reachng 400 km.

Stopping for a break

Stopping for a break

Celebrating the 400 km mark

Celebrating the 400 km mark

We were beside the Ebro River for the latter part of the morning. Then we entered the barren Monegros landscape, named so for the black-looking hills we could see in the distance. Los Monegros are the closest thing to desert landscape to be found anywhere in Europe.  Today the temperature reached 29 degrees centigrade. There was little shade from trees but we managed to find some pine trees under which we had lunch. We needed plenty of water today.

The beginning of the desert

The beginning of the desert

Tracy protecting herself from the dusty conditions she is about to encounter in the desert

Tracy protecting herself from the dusty conditions she is about to encounter in the desert

Lunch under some pine trees

Lunch under some pine trees

Kay Quisenberry  walking through the barren landscape

Kay Quisenberry walking through the barren landscape

About mid-afternoon my shins started to ache and I slowed down. I was very appreciative that Vin Dillon and Michael Bertie slowed down and walked with me for a couple of hours in the hot sun while the other went ahead. Our walk finished in Venta de Santa Lucia, where we had a beer, and then we were driven back in a bus to our hotel in Fuentes de Ebro.

2 thoughts on “Stage 16: Fuentes de Ebro – Venta de Santa Lucía (28.5 km)

  1. Dear Michael, I am so glad that you were able to see a physio and receive good treatment. I sincerely hope that this is the end of your problems. For a Brissie person 29 degrees sounds lovely. Having just flown into Melbourne you may be relieved to hear that to a Brisbane girl it is cold and rainy but I will try and drop into Campion during the week. God Bless Gerry

  2. Michael, I am enjoying your walk and love the updates. You are all doing very well. Sorry to hear that you were disabled there for a while. Hope you continue to keep well. Your descriptions are wonderful. Hi to Helen. Cheers for now, Colleen

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