Stage 17: Venta de Santa Lucía – Bujaraloz (20.5 km)

A short bus ride took us back to Venta de Santa Lucía to begin our walk.

Our bus driver being greeted by Jan Sebastian

Our Mongolian driver Acai being greeted by Jan Sebastian

Today was a short, but lonely and barren stage. We started at 8.30am and arrived in Bujaraloz at 2.30pm.  With a stop for lunch factored in we are walking about 4 km per hour.  My shins are still hurting — every step involves a dull pain — but a slower pace at the back of the group and 600 mg Ibruprofen tablets help.

A desolate section of the Ignatian Camino

A desolate section of the Ignatian Camino

As we have moved into the “third week” phase of our Spiritual Exercises (Jesus’s Passion) we have entered, fittingly, into a more desolate section of our pilgrimage. “Los Monegros,” Spain’s desert-like region, is hot, arid, and dusty. As we walked today we could imagine that we were walking with Jesus as he turned his face towards Jerusalem.

Our destination, Bujaraloz, in the distance

Our destination, Bujaraloz, in the distance

Our hotel tonight is more of a truck stop

Our hotel tonight is more of a truck stop

A beer at the end of six hours on the road

A beer at the end of six hours on the road

What I thought was a pretty basic truck stop — namely the Hostal El Español in Bujaraloz (population 1000) — turned out to serve the most magnificent cuisine. Today was Michael Bertie’s birthday and it will be one which I doubt that he will forget.  There was so much food at the buffet dinner this evening I remarked that it was like I imagine the heavenly banquet will be. The staff were so welcoming and friendly. We had a wonderful evening.

Chona Walden partaking of the buffet

Chona Walden partaking of the buffet

Michael and his birthday cake

Michael and his birthday cake

The staff sang "Happy Birthday" in Spanish

The staff sang Michael “Happy Birthday” in Spanish

Helen and Chona at the chocolate fountain

Helen and Chona at the chocolate fountain

8 thoughts on “Stage 17: Venta de Santa Lucía – Bujaraloz (20.5 km)

  1. We join in Michael Bertie’s birthday by sending our best wishes. Be careful of too much of the chocolate fountain Helen and Chona… at least you have the opportunity “to walk it off”.
    Love Wayne and Stephanie

  2. Hi Patrick

    Fremantle and the Hawks are in Grand Final. Kool dude.

    Mel
    ps. We beat the Pies in elimination! Wingard got All Australian and I think Boak did too. Wingard won our best and fairest.
    pps. You have got Paul Roos next year and I am not being funny! Though you might win more games…cough!!
    ppps. You look quite the gentleman in that picture…!! Bet you can’t wait to return to spotty for my one liners!!!

    kool dude,
    take care
    Mel

  3. Congratulations to you, Michael, and your fellow pilgrims as you conclude your 17th Stage at Bujaraloz. Your right calf does not look too good, Michael. Go easy on the walking and listen to your body. How much of his journey to Montserrat did Ignatius do on a mule? May blessings be over you all as you pilgrimage forward, John.

    • Dear John,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes I am listening to my body. My sore shins have improved considerably, but nonetheless I am having a rest day today after three days on the road. I am not sure how much of his journey to Montserrat did Ignatius do on a mule, but the terrain where we are now is quite desolate and I imagine he found it very lonely. It is disappointing that I can’t walk it all, but this is my Camino.
      Michael

  4. Felicidades, (ZORIONAK, en euskera) Michael Bertie. Aunque con retraso, espero que hayas disfrutado de tu día.
    Un saludo también para todo el grupo.
    Fermín Lopetegui

    ¡VAMOS! ¡BUEN CAMINO!

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