By bike I easily crossed the Meseta plateau in one day. On foot it takes much longer and the endless straight paths without much variety take no end. Nevertheless, I would not want to miss this section of the pilgrimage.
Leaving Sahagún. Supplies are purchased.
In Sahagún this pilgrim poses with the staff.
A Romanesque bridge from 1085 crosses the Rio Cea. It rests on Roman foundations.
This is what the path through the Meseta looks like.
There is more traffic on the pilgrimage route than on the roads.
Ermita de Nuestra Señora de los Perales.
When I was here by bike in 2004, I still had to clean up the trash that bothered me on the photo. In 2013, everything was nice and tidy here and there is a very nice rest area for pilgrims.
The interior of the Ermita is beautifully decorated. The altar shines in fresh colors.
The Mother of God statue is being decorated for the upcoming parade. The ladies are busily at work.
We continue walking to Bercianos del Real Camino.
IIn this Restaurante I have already eaten lunch once (2004) during my bike pilgrimage. In 2013 there is a coffee break here.
The next bigger place is called El Burgo Ranero.
We admire the church with the storks on the roof but only from the outside.
With little variety the path continues dead straight.
Religios comes into view
Here in Religios we end the hiking stage.